Of course, I have said this also, since early 2003 (I wrote the “No” section), before American troops entered Iraq. I guess Hugh and Omar and I are one big happy individual.
It is not a racial problem. It is not some kind of genetic defect. It is a problem arising from the political and social character of Islam, which renders, in the minds of all too many Muslims, the idea of a separation between religion and the state utterly unacceptable.
“Actor Omar Sharif Says Arab Nations Will Never Be Democratized,” from FoxNews, June 8 (thanks to all who sent this in):
[…] Sharif said that he spoke with President Bush before the beginning of the Iraq War and told him that Arab nations are made up of sects resistant to becoming democratized.
“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.
After being asked what Bush’s response was, the actor stated: “He didn’t believe me.”
Sharif, who was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub and raised a Roman Catholic, converted to Islam and changed his named when he married Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in 1955….