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Submitted by Fran├žois Gravel (Canada), May 10, 2016 at 06:31

"Rather than treat Middle Easterners as perpetual children, outsiders should recognize them as adults and help them succeed."

It only. Reminds me of French journalist Jean-Fran├žois Revel's take on Iraq in Le Figaro (Sept. 8, 2003): "We are facing a people incapable of governing itself and which, at the same time, does not want others to look after him. The situation is practically insoluble. This contradiction is typical of the Muslim-Arab world, it's a feature of its civilization." Sorry if this sounds racist and/or Islamophobic.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, that is a common attitude. If the peoples of the Middle East are to go beyond such incapacity, they need to make their own mistakes, not be wards of the West.

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