Behind Roger Cohen's useful idiocy

Thomas Lifson
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen has finally founder a defender in the blogosphere, in a manner of speaking. Cohen has received much ridicule  for averring that Iran's regime really isn't that bad, because they were nice to him when he visited Iran.

The estimable Michael Totten writes:

I sympathize to an extent with what he's saying because I've had similar surprises in the Middle East, happening upon hospitality instead of expected hostility.

Totten goes on to write a good summary of the Middle Eastern custom of hospitality, even to strangers and people from enemy countries. Most worldly people, the kind who read about other cultures and travel abroad, already understand this. Are we to believe that a globe trotter like Cohen of the Times is ignorant of the basics of Middle East culture?

Or he is such a narcissist that he thinks the way HE is treated is the only thing that matters.

Hat tip: Dennis Sevakis
New York Times columnist Roger Cohen has finally founder a defender in the blogosphere, in a manner of speaking. Cohen has received much ridicule  for averring that Iran's regime really isn't that bad, because they were nice to him when he visited Iran.

The estimable Michael Totten writes:

I sympathize to an extent with what he's saying because I've had similar surprises in the Middle East, happening upon hospitality instead of expected hostility.

Totten goes on to write a good summary of the Middle Eastern custom of hospitality, even to strangers and people from enemy countries. Most worldly people, the kind who read about other cultures and travel abroad, already understand this. Are we to believe that a globe trotter like Cohen of the Times is ignorant of the basics of Middle East culture?

Or he is such a narcissist that he thinks the way HE is treated is the only thing that matters.

Hat tip: Dennis Sevakis