I had the opportunity today to show two 'individuals' ashamed of being Arabs precisely what I thought of them. One, a senior reporter formerly of the Arabiyah news channel and now in, like the other, the new to be launched BBC Arabic.
I'll give you the juice rather than the lemon. Essentially their argument was that we are in a state of decay. Arabs must accept the fact that a 'West' now holds the lantern for human civilisation and that we must now accept this and play ball. 'We' have no alternative to offer which is better and must therefore accept. 'We' must surrender. 'We' have a victims mentality, ironic in that it was true for the two of them. I enjoyed wrestling them and tossing their flimsy arguments in the air. 'Their' arabs are not a tribe I recognise. 'Their' arabs are addicted to defeat and have surrendered before a struggle, stuck in their past.
Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon...these two 'arabs' cannot see victory there, only defeat, just like their American idols. I assure you I can, so can many others.