The discomfort of the mullahs with the Persian language

This is brief but very interesting. The weird manipulation of language which seems endemic to Arabs, if not all Muslims, has always struck me as hand-in-glove with their weird manipulation of truth/reality. I know that sounds condescending, but I really think there are “different wavelength” issues going on here.

I wish I had a talent for languages.

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  • Killer Marmot

    I don’t know the first thing about languages. I have been told by a Saudi, however, the westerners are far more direct and straightforward in their speech, while Arabs tend to be more circuitous. Some Arabs like westerners’ directness but some don’t.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …on a backwoods expedition several years ago, I had an educated guy relate to me a theory that basically explains how a vague, flaky, ambiguous language creates a distorted mal-thinking culture, and used Arabics as the prime example..

  • Tooth&Claw

    It’s all about appearances/ pretending who you are supposed to be and not revealing your true self. A propped up individual facade with no truth and no substance. Goes hand in hand with an honor based culture and a society that prefers the polite lie over the ugly truth from my perspective. It also creates a society that is willing to live with inefficiency and mediocrity.

  • What a fascinating read that CIA document was. I am surprised the Lefties haven’t burnt it in the streets and made it a crime to read. The notion of the Arab having an impersonal God and thus a total absence of personal responsibility or conscience contrasts strongly with the complete opposite in Christianity. It sure explains a lot about the Arab mentality (or perhaps absence of it).