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Realism and the ‘Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations’

The distinguished Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami, writing in Newsweek, says this:

From afar, the “realists” tell the Arabs that they are playing with fire, that beyond the prison walls there is danger and chaos. Luckily for them, the Arabs pay no heed to these realists, and can recognize the “soft bigotry of low expectations” that animates them. Arabs have quit railing against powers beyond and infidels and foreign conspiracies. For now they are out making and claiming their own history.

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