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The story of the engineer

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Submitted by Abu Nudnik (Canada), Dec 14, 2010 at 12:28

I have a trusted friend who told me this story: An engineer was contracted to build a plant on a river in an Arab country. When he pointed to the map and said, "of course you'll want me to build it here, downstream from the town" (so the people wouldn't have to suffer from the effluent) he could see he'd immediately made a mistake. The men's faces blanched and, without looking at him they shook their heads gravely, pointing to the only other available tract of land and insisting they wanted it build there, upriver.

Arab pride is probably the very best way of judging future actions. If Arab pride and Sunniism were to ride high from an Iranian invasion, I'd count on that. But since it would be outsiders providing the muscle, that seems unlikely. That code of honor, I believe, precludes Arabs from ever accepting a Jewish state.

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