Friday, August 22, 2014

لغة القوة

Other than thinking about how awful it must have been for the Foley family to receive it, the thing that stuck out at me about this email was this line:
You have no motivation to deal with the Muslims except with the language of force, a language you were given in “Arabic translation” when you attempted to occupy the land of Iraq!
I think that's a reference to the trope, popular among certain anti-Muslim/anti-Arab bigots in the West, that Arabs or Muslims only understand the "language of force." The idea is linked to Raphael Patai's largely discredited book "The Arab Mind", the so-called "bible of the neocons on Arab behavior" that was widely read at U.S. Military colleges in the years after 9/11.

(via Memeorandum)