Truth Refracted Through Kristof’s Prism
Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist, was busily propagating this following myth in today’s (Nov. 13, The Exit from Iraq) piece:
“I came to realize how much the neocons lived in a dream world when I visited Najaf, Iraq, in September 2002 and quoted ordinary Iraqis as saying they would fight against any U.S. invaders. Neocons who favored an invasion were apoplectic and felt sure that they had a much richer understanding of the situation -- even though they had never been to Iraq, spoke no Arabic and didn't know a minaret from a mihrab. They were well meaning but didn't have a clue about the horror that Iraqis felt for a Western military occupation.”
I don’t get it…If the necons are supposedly led—according to other made-up myths— by the likes of Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami who are, even according to their fiercest detractors, pre-eminent scholars of Islam and the Middle East, then how is it that they don’t ‘know a minaret from a mihrab’?
And how did the necons become the proponents of ‘occupation’? The rear-guard mutineers throughout the State Dept. and CIA bureaucracies as well as their current government-in-exile leaders Powell and Tenet were the ones FOR occupation. This is what Richard Perle had to say a year ago:
“Appearing on Fox News' "O’Reilly Factor" Monday night, Perle said the U.S. made a most serious mistake after Iraq was liberated and the "keys" were not handed over immediately to Iraqis to run their own country.”