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June 21, 2012

Arab Women ask Ayatollah Thomas Friedman!

June 21, 2012

June 21, 2012

It is official. New York Times' columnist Thomas Friedman's ego has reached the "Ayatollah level", as he started imagining Arab women flocking for answers on existential questions. A foreign Policy blogger wrote the following after having enough with Friedman's sermons:

"Here's how the New York Times' Thomas Friedman began his column on April 12, 2011:
When I was in Cairo during the Egyptian uprising, I wanted to change hotels one day to be closer to the action and called the Marriott to see if it had any openings. The young-sounding Egyptian woman who spoke with me from the reservations department offered me a room and then asked: “Do you have a corporate rate?” I said, “I don’t know. I work for The New York Times.” There was a silence on the phone for a few moments, and then she said: “ Can I ask you something?” Sure. “Are we going to be O.K.? I’m worried.” 
Here's his column from this Sunday's paper:
I HAD just finished a panel discussion on Turkey and the Arab Spring at a regional conference here, and, as I was leaving, a young Egyptian woman approached me. “Mr. Friedman, could I ask you a question? Who should I vote for?”
I thought: “Why is she asking me about Obama and Romney?” No, no, she explained. It was her Egyptian election next week that she was asking about. Should she vote for Mohamed Morsi, the candidate of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, or Ahmed Shafiq, a retired general who served as Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister and was running as a secular law-and-order candidate?
Is Friedman just being constantly accosted by anxious young Egyptian women seeking his sage advice about the future of their country? Isn't there anyone else they could talk to?"
Following this article, numerous women started posting questions to Ayatollah Friedman on this website. Here is one question I fear might turn into another Friedman book:

"Mr. Friedman, has there ever been a war between two states that both have strip clubs?
- Masha, Kiev"


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