They are easily offended, perhaps because they are themselves offensive.
If there is anyone here who does not read Power Line, he is missing one of the best blogs around. Here is an article at today’s Power Line entitled “A step in the right direction — Romney offends Palestinian leaders.” The second paragraph should persuade just about anyone — agree or disagree with the thesis — to read it.
In Israel, as Politico reports, Romney offended Palestinian leaders. Again, his comments were on the mark, as I’ll discuss in a moment. But this time Romney was hardly offending an ally — recall the cheers of the Palestinian people after 9/11 and the support many expressed for suicide bombings in polls conducted thereafter (even these, Palentinians view al Qaeda more favorably than they view President Obama). Palestinian leaders may not be able to handle the truth, but that shouldn’t deter our leaders from expressing it. For too long, they have been deterred, and that includes Republican leaders.
The post ends with this comment:
The Middle East desperately needs an American president who doesn’t accept the conventional wisdom on the region and who, above all, rejects a narrative that blames Israel for Arab woes. Whether Romney proves to be that president, as opposed to one who talks a good game on the campaign trail, remains to be seen. But Romney has shown in other contexts that he understands the importance of culture. And for now, he is on the right track when it comes to the culture of the Middle East.
Please do read it.