Egyptian Author on Murdered Muslim Woman: 'The Reaction of the German Government Was Not Fair'

Jul 24, 2009 Full story: Der Spiegel

In a SPIEGEL interview, Egyptian author Alaa al-Aswany discusses the shocking murder of an Egyptian in Dresden, anti-German protests across the Islamic world and latent racism in the West.

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Dan USA

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Jul 30, 2009
Author Alaa al Aswany is a great thinker. But he like most Arabs is overly sensitive about issues which don't belong on the international stage. Yes the German court lacked appropriate security. But the killing was a local issue, spun onto the International stage on the wings of Arab over-sensitivity. In short, Arabs have difficulty in understanding that as a people, they are no more important than any other people.

Since: Nov 08

Cologne- Germany

#2 Jul 30, 2009
SPIEGEL: And what about Abu Ghraib? Guantanamo?

Aswany: As a citizen of a democratic country, you have the opportunity to replace your government, which is exactly what we in Egypt do not have. When Barack Obama recently gave his speech to Muslims in Cairo, I was sitting between members of the Muslim Brotherhood and a few actors and artists. They all applauded with the same intensity. Not because Obama can or even wants to fundamentally change American foreign policy, but because he represents what we lack here: the opportunity to overcome all obstacles and become president; the fairness of rules; the rewarding of talent and hard work.

A relevant thought for all the people

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