EDWARD SAID VERSUS RUDY GIULIANI

A sharp reader noticed an interesting difference between Edward Said’s piece for the Observer and the same piece as it appeared in Al Ahram, designed for Arab audiences only. In the Observer, Said notes that “Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a normally rebarbative and unpleasantly combative, even retrograde figure, has rapidly attained Churchillian status.” In al-Ahram, the sentence appears as: “Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a normally rebarbative and unpleasantly combative, even retrograde figure, known for his virulently Zionist views, has rapidly attained Churchillian status.” Hmmm. I wonder who is responsible for this. Said, playing both sides of the aisle, like Arafat? The Observer, worried that Said’s swipe at Giuliani might alienate even their readers? Or Al Ahram, eager to denigrate even a man such as Giuliani? None of the possibilities is very encouraging. But then with Said, what else could we expect?

GAYS IN THE MILITARY: Some of you have asked me for a link to the fact that gays can now serve openly in the military – as long as there is a war on. Here’s one piece from the San Francisco Chronicle.