Pathetic symbols of backwardness [Archives:2003/631/Letters to the Editor]

April 14 2003

Gi Joe

Your trite and banal pathetic newspaper is a symbolism of the backwardness of Muslim culture. Far from embracing political change which may have resulted in an economically competitive Middle East, you chose the path of dictators who rule through the fear of the people. You feed news to your citizenry and hope that they're ignorant to what is really going on in the world. Who is really the suppressor of freedom in the world, a country which allows its citizens to march freely and voice their disagreement with their president, or a country which shoots all dissidents?
Quite naturally, the people in power in your country will want to maintain the status quo that is expensive yachts and palaces while the rest of the gullible citizens live in squalor. That is why they pay you to spin these webs of lies.
How dare you accuse the US/Britain of achieving the level of destruction to Iraqi citizens that Hussein has done. He killed 2 million people. That is an average of 50 people per day over 30 years.
Finally, I would like to say that if the clash of civilizations commences (Arab and West), I will be happy to fight it.

Dear Gi et al,
You will be surprised to learn that most of the dictators you are talking about where chosen and propped up by the US and the UK (over the last fifty to a hundred years). Maybe it is you (with all due respects, of course) who should refresh your knowledge of world history.
)The Editors