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Submitted by Clif Moberg (United States), Mar 28, 2010 at 14:14

When the singer Boy George wears face paint, that doesn't make him a clown... or does it? All these foreign visitors to Arab lands are trying to create "good will". I can assure you, nothing of substance will be discussed by the important ones while they are out touring around. Men traditionally, in the West, wear ties to work. Just that little tightness around the neck is a bit of a restraining noose. I notice that the way I talk and the things that I say, when wearing a tie, or more restrained even with a bit of cautiousness. But on casual Friday when the top button of the shirt is open--and, heaven forbid I should be wearing a Hawaiian "Aloha" shirt--my tongue is looser. And that is not always for the better. So these ladies of the West feel constrained to wear head coverings to match those around?? It can't help but make them feel and somewhat think with the same mentality of the ladies who they meet. Good or bad--they will act differently. And the difference is not like the "folks back home" who they are to represent while traveling.

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