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Western Views on Israel and Arabs

January 13, 1991

Ahmad's article assumes that Americans, whose reliance on the free press that permits his obviously biased account of the Persian Gulf crisis for their information, are less knowledgeable about what's going on there than the people in the area who never experienced a free press.

His article makes Saddam Hussein a hero to the less affluent Palestinian masses, implying that support for the United Nations' action against him comes because " . . . the imperial powers which drew the boundaries of nation states in the region, purposely delinked the wealth and the people of Middle East." Surely Prof. Ahmad knows that oil was not even discovered there in any significant amounts until well after those boundaries were drawn, and there was no natural wealth in those countries at that time.

IRVING PORUSH, Los Angeles

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