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A Short Comment On Al-Majresi’s Article

The recent very long article by the now well-known Mr Al Majresi (appeared on this site March 7th) tells more than it says. Even though my reading in Arabic is not fluent, I struggled through the piece because I am still not sure what Mr Al Majresi actually wanted to tell us politically, or what he stands for. Hitherto, I associated the gentleman with his unique styles of response letter on these sites: vulgar and primitive. The length of the piece tells us something about the focus of the writer as a political commentator, it is longer than very long. The piece heavily follows a winding road and arrives nowhere in particular. However, the rambling and exceeding irrelevance are not, in this case, the most striking features of the article. The article says that here is a man burning inside, consumed by frustration and perception of being somewhere far less than the standards he thinks he should be, and now trying desperately hard to divert attention from something (may be several somethings). The occasional casual French quotation and reference to little known historical stuff are obvious giveaways. The little cheapos meant to say: here is a knowledgeable deep thinker, but not fully appreciated. If this is the case (evidence is not weak that this indeed is so), the try is not working. The remarks at the end of the article are to be noted, and the opposite objective of the article is achieved. Ironically, that is the usual result. Natural laws do work.
We also learn, with not light disappointment, that there is part 2 to come. Part 2 is unlikely to be any more enlightening or better structured, but hopefully may be less long.
Unfortunately Mr Al-Majresi cannot seek refuge in the belief that readers should not be so critical of his writing or analyse what is behind his contributions because (as he almost certainly believes) he is doing us a service, contributing to the national cause no less? or because he thinks it is an unfair thing to so. Not really. In this case neither can be taken seriously because he chose to write to us the public (the unfortunates). Once you write to the public, the public earns the right to respond (the writer should know a lot about this one). If this arrangement is not convenient, write in your own diary.
With not little distress, it has transpired that part 2 is published. One has to suffer the indignity of reading some it at least. So I will probably be back.

Jalal Karam
London


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