I didnt write this. Jonah Goldberg of National Review did. Listen: We have very good reasons to have negative attitudes toward Arab countries. Even if September 11 never happened we would still have a legitimate reason to have negative views toward Arab countries.
You know why? Because they are undemocratic, stagnating cultures led by tyrants who drink daily from a heady cocktail of brutality (and) corruption I am so fed up with the criticism that it is arrogant to express such opinions. Fine. Its arrogant. I plead guilty. That doesnt mean its not true, does it?
Goldberg goes on to say that the same people who complain about the Florida vote in the last election have nothing to say about countries that execute opponents. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for five guys to stand on a street corner and talk about politics.
Enough moral equivalence, he says. Theyre killing our men in Afghanistan and some among us are worried about their well-fed prisoners in Guantanomo who even get the clerics of their choice.
Its nice to have a little perspective, isnt it? Im Cal Thomas in Washington.