Nick Cohen: “They missed the story”

The Arab uprising is annihilating the assumptions of foreign ministries, academia and human rights groups with true revolutionary élan. In journalistic language, it is showing they had committed the greatest blunder a reporter can commit: they missed the story. They thought that the problems of the Middle East were at root the fault of democratic Israel or more broadly the democratic West. They did not see and did not want to see that while Israelis are certainly the Palestinians’ problem — and vice versa — the problem of the subject millions of the Arab world was the tyranny, cruelty, corruption and inequality the Arab dictators enforced.

Read the whole piece here.

2 Responses to “Nick Cohen: “They missed the story””

  1. Absolute Observer Says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/08/israel-conduct-under-the-spotlight

    As expected, letters appeared in the Guardian today.

    As expected, they turn on Israel as proxy for Western imperialism, Israel gets a free pass from the West, romantic claims to the myth of “the native” and, my favourite, the idea that the US kept Mubarak in power because it serves Israeli interests,
    “Hosni Mubarak was kept in power by the US because he played the game and put Israel’s interests above those of his own people.”

    It beggars belief!

  2. Karl Pfeifer Says:

    Probably prime minister Cameron should declare like the Hungarian primeminister “There is no Jewish World Conspiracy”?


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