Arabs and Democracy Just Don't Mix - Who Knew?
"I said to Bush, even before he entered Iraq: Forget about all that. We, the Arabs... We are not like [regular countries]," said Sharif. "You will drown there."
By gosh, if we only had known this before our president got us into the war in Iraq - I mean, who knew - about Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds ("-oh my!")? And who knew that people with no concept of and not prepared culturally for democracy - when Mr. Prez praised the "democratic" elections in Gaza - would elect the very un-democratic terrorist Hamas as their leaders (would somebody please enlighten him)?
Mr. Sharif didn't stop there. He went on to say that most Americans are stupid, 90% don't have passports, have never left the U.S. and don't know anything about the world at large (I found some dated information on Americans and passports, here. I could find no information on the total number of passports issued to Americans on the State Department site, but I did find an article-published only a little over a year old-in USA Today, indicating that the number of passports issued to Americans has increased.)
Truth be told, living in the US of A is not quite the same thing as living in Europe, where hopping on a train can get you to five different countries, and where many (if not most) Europeans are multi-lingual.
I guess in the future, our new Prez - be he Mr. McCain or Mr. Obama - will have to surround himself with real advisors: Hollywood actors...oh, wait a minute...the presidents are already surrounded by a buncha actors. Just goes to show ya.
To see the video clip of Mr. Sharif's interview directly from the MEMRI site, click here.