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Arabs wrongly portrayed in Tech editorial cartoon

I take issue with the cartoon shown at the bottom of page four of your Tuesday issue, by Beattie, showing two Arab men arguing over why Arabs should support Saddam Hussein.

The cartoon falsifies the facts about the different points of view held by Arabs with respect to the current crisis in the Persian Gulf, by implying that Arabs are all supporters of Saddam Hussein, and that the only difference among them is in their reasons for supporting him.

Any objective observer of the events of the last month would know better than this. What is worse, the cartoon implies that Arabs are willing to kill one another over this difference of opinion (notice the raised swords), an implication which can only stem from ignorance and from the widely accepted image, in this country, of the "violent Arab."

Certainly, such stereotypical depictions of most other nationalities or ethnic groups would not be so easily accepted; why is it that Arabs are treated differently?

Samer Madanat G->