Monday, July 09, 2012


Ruslan Pukhov in the New York Times: "The continuing struggles in Arab countries are seen as a battle by those who wear neckties against those who do not wear them. Russians have long suffered from terrorism and extremism at the hands of Islamists in the northern Caucasus, and they are therefore firmly on the side of those who wear neckties." It's not just in the Middle East that neckties are disappearing. Watch TV journalists and the people they interview and see who is who. This does not mean I think that tie/no tie is a simple indicator of any other division; it's not always terrorist/non-terrorist, secularlist/fundamentalist. It's more like that oh-so-imprecise L/R...

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