Вот два отрывка из интервью главного редактора Al-Jazeera Ахмеда Шейха швейцарскому журналу Die Weltwoche (по-английски). Рекомендую получить удовольствие:
Q: One hears it said, of course, that your independence ends where criticism of the royal family of Qatar, your financiers, begins.
A: What nonsense! Whoever says that obviously does not follow our broadcasts very carefully. We do criticize the government of Qatar.
Q: For example?
A: We criticize the large presence of the American air force in the country. We also criticize the fact that the Israelis are permitted to have a diplomatic representation in Doha.
Это напоминает старый советский анекдот, где американец говорит русскому - "в нашей стране каждый может критиковать нашего президента", на что тот отвечает - "ну и что, в нашей стране тоже каждый может критиковать вашего президента".
Но вот, однако, самое прекрасное:
A: [...] In many Arab states, the middle class is disappearing. The rich get richer and the poor get still poorer. Look at the schools in Jordan, Egypt or Morocco: You have up to 70 youngsters crammed together in a single classroom. How can a teacher do his job in such circumstances? The public hospitals are also in a hopeless condition. These are just examples. They show how hopeless the situation is for us in the Middle East.
Q: Who is responsible for the situation?
A: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most important reasons why these crises and problems continue to simmer. The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. The West should finally come to understand this. Everything would be much calmer if the Palestinians were given their rights.
Q: Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in Egypt, that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in Jordan would function better?
A: I think so.
Q: Can you please explain to me what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to do with these problems?
A: The Palestinian cause is central for Arab thinking.