Jane Novak, Arab News
There has been much debate and speculation in the media in the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere as to the identity of the â€œBush voter.â€ The large majority of analyses has been wildly absurd, from the notion that a hard core of evangelicals wanting Armageddon is the true face, to the old theories that only a stupid and manipulated American electorate could support President Bush.
The estimable Jane Novak, of Armies of Liberation blog, has an op-ed in today’s issue of Arab News. In it, she brings a great deal of light which will probably blind many Saudis–not to mention an awful lot of expats. The idea that “George Bush is stupid” is a popular one in the kingdom. Nor is there much respect for the US in any regard… “too young to have a culture”, “McDonalidization”, “shallow and unintellectual”.
While I could blame mass media for this mass delusion, and God knows satellite TV has a lot to explain, the arrogance of this attitude is sometimes pretty galling. The sound of rent garments and gnashing teeth will be decibels beyond belief if Bush is re-elected.