Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Saturday, 2017.12.16
Business propaganda must be obtrusive and blatant. It is its aim to attract the
attention of slow people, to rouse latent wishes, to entice men to substitute
innovation for inert clinging to traditional routine. In order to succeed,
advertising must be adjusted to the mentality of the people courted. It must
suit their tastes and speak their idiom. Advertising is shrill, noisy, coarse,
puffing, because the public does not react to dignified allusions. It is the bad
taste of the public that forces the advertisers to display bad taste in their
publicity campaigns.

		Ludwig von Mises, Human Action

2006.09.13

One Arab’s Apology For 9/11

Emilio Karim Dabul:

WELL, here it is, five years late, but here just the same: an apology from an Arab-American for 9/11. No, I didn’t help organize the killers or contribute in any way to their terrible cause. However, I was one of millions of Arab-Americans who did the unspeakable on 9/11: nothing.

The only time I raised my voice in protest against these men who killed thousands of innocents in the name of Allah was behind closed doors, among the safety of friends and family. I did at one point write a very vitriolic essay condemning their actions, but fear of becoming another Salman Rushdie kept me from ever trying to publish it.

Well, I’m sick of saying the truth only in private – that Arabs around the world, including Arab-Americans like myself, need to start holding our own culture accountable for the insane, violent actions that our extremists have perpetrated on the world at large.

Yes, our extremists and our culture.

I would like to thank Mr. Dabul for his apology. But more importantly, I would like to congratulate him for his courage. What he has done, is no small thing. I wish him peace and a long, happy life with his family.


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