Tuesday, July 22, 2003

# Posted 6:55 AM by Patrick Belton  

ARAB DIPLOMAT ON CRISIS OF LEADERSHIP IN THE REGION: An Arab diplomat writing anonymously in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London) has written a series of articles criticizing: the leaders of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, for sacrificing Palestinian volunteers recklessly and without any sense of political objective which would benefit the Palestinian people; current Arab governments, for using the Palestinian cause to divert public attention from their own corruption and the collapse of education and public services; and Arab intellectuals for not providing an adequate alternative vision to that of the "turbanned ones."

It is reassuring to know that Arab statesmen of the ilk of the pseudonymous "Abu Ahmad Mustafa" are willing to advance hard-hitting criticisms of the current governments of the region. It will be even more reassuring, of course, when the day wil come when they feel capable of doing so under their own names.
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