Sunday, May 13, 2012

And Speaking of Duds...

Why does The Age see fit to inflict the inane nonsense of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on its readers?

Inanities such as these from Go tell it to the people: lead, follow or get out of the way (12/5/12):

"Every one of these awakening [Arab] countries needs to make the transition from Saddam to Jefferson without getting stuck in Khomeini."

"Who will tell the [Arab] people that, for the past 50 years, most of the Arab regimes squandered their dictatorship moments?"

"Arab dictatorships... used their authority to enrich a small class and to distract the masses with 'shiny objects' - called Israel, Iran and Nasserism to name but a few."

"Who will tell the [Arab] people that... Islam... is not 'the answer' for Arab development today? Maths is the answer."

"The new generation royals in Morocco, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, who do have the legitimacy to pull people together and drive change, are probably the most effective leaders in the region today."

Some questions of my own:

Who will tell the opinion editors (Paul Austin/Sushi Das) of The Age what colonial crap this is?

And, more important: Why do they even need telling? Isn't it bloody obvious?

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