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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Apr 9, 2008 at 17:21

It boggles the mind that someone like Hassan bin Talal, who is obviously a high-profile person, would admit to lying being typical of Byzantine civilisation. Statements like this of an aberrant nature are uncommon to most people, not only Arabs, and curiously disturbing.

However, this reminds me of the Arab Muslim butcher in the UK who told me that women shouldn't wear short skirts, because men "can't help themselves." In other words, he condemned all men as untrustworthy and weak creatures, including himself. So bin Talal's statement is just as vilifying as the butcher's. If it's true, does that mean that we cannot trust Arabs, they they truly are "professional liars" ? If this was merely Hassan bin Talal's opinion, then he had better rephrase it or dismiss the statement as a silly joke.

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