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A Picture Is Worth...

A little sunshine may be breaking through in the Middle East. If the Kuwaiti press is a credible source, people in Yemen were slapped in the face by the reality of people beating Saddam's picture with their shoe soles.

Posted by Rand Simberg at April 11, 2003 08:28 PM
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The naysayers and doubters and quagmire-callers would have us believe that this is not genuine emotion; apparently the Iraqis are incapable of that. No, it's simple sycophantry--the US got rid of Saddam, proving we're stronger than he is, so of course they will suck up to us. It couldn't be gratitude.

Posted by Rick C at April 12, 2003 08:59 AM

Cultural context, if I remember correctly in the Arab world showing someone the soles of your shoes is a major insult, unclean or something like that.

Posted by shawn at April 12, 2003 08:23 PM

That's perhaps so. But the Loony Left is already claiming they don't *really* mean it, they're just doing that because they expect us to want them to--after all, they spent 20 years doing what Saddam expected them to do.

Den Beste has a great article about this: the fact that some of the Iraqis are criticizing us already, for not fixing everything perfectly immediately, shows they *are* capable of expressing their true feelings. I think that makes a lot of sense and I'm gonna point that out to everyone I see who expresses the sycophant theory.

Posted by Rick C at April 12, 2003 09:15 PM

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