While standing in a very long queue in the post office today, I noticed on display a number of software DVD's which teach languages. What caught my attention was that the Arabic one had the words on upside down behind a beaming, clean shaven and perfect toothed impression of someone they believe looks "Arabic". Funny. It was also interesting because it was the only DVD with no flag for the language. French, German, Greek all had their respective flags behind the model, but what could have been used for Arabic? For the cover designer, clearly an upside down Arabic word was the answer. The more I think of it, the more I feel my Arabism needs no flags and nationalism seems sillier and sillier.