Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Photos from the demonstrations in Baghdad.
Speaking as someone who can't read it at all, I've always admired the Arabic alphabet. It confronts the eye, not only with thought, but with the flow of thought, beautifully. Other systems of writing are merely functional, and need several hours' worth of meticulous grooming to look their best; the Arabic alphabet is stunning when it gets up in the morning.
Perhaps the beauty of their alphabet is part of the problem in that part of the world: Even the most execrable thought can get a serious boost from the sheer gorgeousness of its presentation.