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Mandos
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posted 31 May 2004 08:29 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Consider these statements:

"Why are most Africans, unless forced by dire necessity to earn their livelihood with 'the sweat of their brow', so loath to undertake any work that dirties the hands?"

"The all-encompassing preoccupation with sex in the African mind emerges clearly in two manifestations ..."

"In the African view of human nature, no person is supposed to be able to maintain incessant, uninterrupted control over himself. Any event that is outside routine everyday occurrence can trigger such a loss of control ... Once aroused, African hostility will vent itself indiscriminately on all outsiders."



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Replace the word "African" in the quotations above with the word "Arab", and you have them as they appear in the book. It is, the book says, the Arabs who are lazy, sex-obsessed, and apt to turn violent over the slightest little thing.

Writing about Arabs, rather than black people, in these terms apparently makes all the difference between a racist smear and an admirable work of scholarship.

The book in question is called The Arab Mind, and is by Raphael Patai, a cultural anthropologist who taught at several US universities, including Columbia and Princeton.



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According to one professor at a US military college, The Arab Mind is "probably the single most popular and widely read book on the Arabs in the US military". It is even used as a textbook for officers at the JFK special warfare school in Fort Bragg.

In some ways, the book's appeal to the military is easy to understand, because it gives a superficially coherent view of the Arab enemy and their supposed personality defects. It is also readily digestible, uncomplicated by nuances and caveats, and has lots of juicy quotes, a generous helping of sex, and no academic jargon.


http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=30&ItemID=5611

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Courage
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posted 31 May 2004 08:36 PM      Profile for Courage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Originally posted by Mandos:

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=30&ItemID=5611

[ 31 May 2004: Message edited by: Mandos ]


Ah, Mandos, when will you tire of defending the genetically corrupt untermensch? But I suppose, ol' fool, that you've always had a sentimental, effeminate heart. Alas, there is a war on, and there is little time for the niceties of a decadent morality of fairness...

[ 31 May 2004: Message edited by: Courage ]


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 31 May 2004 08:55 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
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Last week, my own further enquiries about the book revealed something even more alarming. Not only is it the bible of neocon headbangers, but it is also the bible on Arab behaviour for the US military.

According to one professor at a US military college, The Arab Mind is "probably the single most popular and widely read book on the Arabs in the US military". It is even used as a textbook for officers at the JFK special warfare school in Fort Bragg.


Oh good, the US neo-cons and their military study this rubbish, which is equivalent to the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion."

That explains a lot.


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