Michael Rubin sends along the April issue of Hi Magazine (brilliant name!), an American-sponsored online publication, part of our public diplomacy outreach to the Arab world. He cites this article on metrosexuals.
As Michael notes: “We have mobilized the resources of our government to explain what metrosexuals are and to advise Arab men on moisturizers? This may not be the best way to counter al-Jazeera.”
The article briefly profiles Diaa Nour, a 24-year-old Egyptian-born resident of Washington, D.C., who “spends lots of time and money at day spas. He goes to a tanning salon. He loves shopping. ‘I think I have a shopping problem,’ he admits.” Mr. Nour adds: “I’d go to the theater over a sporting event any day of the week. I’m very interested in architecture; I subscribe to lots of magazines about it. I love to travel. I like languages. In the winter, I’ll stay in and knit blankets.”
Yeah, no way fusty old radical Islamists can compete with values like those.
Of course, all this may finally answer the question: Why do they hate us? It’s because we’re beautiful. And metrosexual. And moisturized. And tan.
Memo to Karen Hughes: Faster, please.