Wednesday, March 9, 2011

James Zogby on Arabs & the U.S.

Mr. Zogby, of polling fame, spoke today @ the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about Arab-U.S. relations as he discussed them in the book I've lined to. His main points:

1. We don't listen--as a nation, as leaders, and as a people--to Arab voices. (The same could be said, as he noted, for individuals and concerning other groups.)

2. Most Arabs care about what we care about: jobs, family, education, health care, etc. Most are not oil sheiks or terrorists. We have a very skewed view.

3. Many, like Newt Gingrich (specifically mentioned), speak with authoritatively but know really nothing. Perceptions don't match realities.

4. At the beginning of the Iraq War 11% of Americans could find Iraq on a map. Now 36% can find it. Wow.

Fine talk, and he seems like an astute and thoughtful fellow.

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