Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Book Burning and Book keeping

I wrote about Farouk Hosni, here.

Now it appears that, contrary to expectations, he will not be the next Director-General of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

I share Solomonia's pleasure,

and am little surprised that the civilized Egyptian (who lost the nomination by only 4 votes) blames who-but-the-Jews in the failure of his pitch for the prestigious seat:

Egypt's culture minister says a Western conspiracy "cooked up in New York" prevented him from becoming the next head of the U.N.'s agency for culture and education.

Farouk Hosny says "European countries and the world's Jews" wanted him to lose.

He really cannot wrap his mind around the possibility that a public statement such as this: "if any Israeli books were found in Egyptian libraries, he would burn them" may not be an asset when you seek a role whose defining commitment is the promotion of cultural pluralism and rapprochement among the nations.

No self-reproach. No self-reflection. No growth.

Update: Norm has the last word


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