“How to Influence Muslim Minds and Capture the Arab Hearts” is the title of this piece by Ibtissam Al-Bassam in Arab News (thanks to Skeetstreet), but a better title might be “How to Flatter Muslim Minds and Cater to Arab Hearts.” Dina Powell is going to the Middle East, and when she’s there, she better not criticize anything:
Since Arabs have little tolerance for people who criticize their faith or disparage their culture, Mrs. Powell should refrain from any criticism of the way Arab and Muslim men women and children eat, live, think or dress. She should avoid stating, or insinuating that Western values are superior to Muslim and Arab values. She should never recommend that they exchange their cherished identity for a Western one.
Smile and play the dhimmi, Ms. Powell, and you will be beloved all over the Arab world.