Posted by: sean | July 31, 2007

On moderation

This is probably so obvious that it doesn’t need to be said, but then again, if it didn’t need to be said the media wouldn’t keep committing the petty sin of calling regimes in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt “moderate.” What about Riyadh makes it more moderate than Teheran? It’s just as religious, human rights are just as bad (if not worse) and it’s much less democratic. So why does the western media insist on calling regimes like that moderate?

What they seem to mean is allied regimes, not moderate regimes. There’s nothing moderate about Saudi Arabia, so let’s stop pretending there is and call a spade a spade. Riyadh is an American ally — and probably not a very good one at that. As any number of the unsavory regimes the US is friendly with should tell us, moderation and good relations are not at all the same thing.

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