The historian Wiliam Dalrymple points out in the Guardian that British propaganda always knew how to invent enemies, often associating them with France. Times have not changed since the days when the peaceful and forward looking Sultan of Mysore was described as a tyrant. They have only changed their targets.

The persistence of colonial discourse reappears in numerous writings by Arab authors who serve to justify the think-thanks [centers of research, information and the popularization of ideas of a generally neo-conservative political character. Translator’s Note]. The Arab voice of a friend of Washington is useful in the aftermath of the scandal caused by the article in Newsweek on the desecration of the Koran in Guantanamo.
Fuad Ajami continues his work in the a posteriori justification of President Bush’s policies. In the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Star, he asserts that the democratization of the Arab world is has advanced since the moment the United States invaded Iraq. Clearly, military action is not the best method, but what is happening at the moment is a relief for those who have waited for so long in vain reforms to come from within - typically colonialist reasoning according to which violence is justified the against the natives when it is for their own good. King Abdala II of Jordan himself partly uses this argument in the Washington Post. In an interview, the sovereign is delighted with foreign intervention in Iraq and external pressures against Syria. He appears as a quite pleasant king in the eyes of Washington.
Saad Edddin Ibrahim is a character on the upswing. Promoted by the Zionist firm of Benador Associates and publicized by the Project Syndicate agency of George Soros, he has now become his country’s presidential candidate. Thanks to the support of influential American circles, his articles are widely distributed in the international press. With moderator’s position, he assures that the Islamists are not dangerous if they connected to power and end up being dissolved into parliamentary life, conforming to the mold. His tenets appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Taipei Times, The Australian, the Korea Herald, the Jerusalem Post, the Jordan Times and possibly others. In discussing the withdrawal of Israel from Gaza, his advice is to not destroy the houses of the Jewish colonists, so as to prevent a negative effect on public opinion. However, he also cautions against giving all of the homes to Palestinians, who-he asserts-would interpret that act as a victory. It may be necessary to give them a third of the houses, he wrote in Ha’aretz as well as in the Daily Star and the Washington Times. He is, in short, the ideal man for the Empire, capable of getting support from Islamists without seeming to be Islamist, and also capable of assisting Israel without seeming too cruel to the Palestinian.

Die Welt published an interview with the great Egyptian mufti Cheikh Ali Gomaa, who-while emphasizing the deceased Pope John Paul II had opened up to Islam-fears that his successor Benedict XVI will, on the contrary, be an advocate of the clash of civilizations.
In conclusion, General Ehud Barak expressed in the same newspaper his support of the plan to withdraw from the Gaza. But he did this to more easily criticize the maintenance of dispersed colonies whose defense will become more and more difficult and expensive. As he affirms, it is necessary to prepare for a third Intifada and to finish the Wall as quickly as possible. The former prime minister shares his successor’s objectives, although their plans to reach them are different.