Thursday, February 26, 2009

What Gulf?

Used to be the US government and obedient news media made a big effort to call it the Persian Gulf, fending off the Arabs who called it Arabian. In the '70s I worked on the Associated Press desk editing news to be transmitted to the Middle East, and one of the little cleanup jobs was to make sure that stories originating in Arab countries didn't say Arabian when referring to the Persian Gulf. The Shah of Iran was our prickly ally and his minions displayed anger if an AP story erred and called it the Arabian Gulf.

Now the US is on the other side and acts slavish to the Arabs. Or is it neutral just to call it The Gulf? If nothing else we should be aware that the Arabs and Iranians have a long history of conflict, and this is one little symptom thereof.
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