What astounded me when I started reading this piece was that the New York Times would dare use such words as "kitsch," "grotesque," and "cynical" in the first paragraphs of an article discussing Muslims.
But you will see that it turns out to be too good to be true: the crypto-neurotic reality fugitives at the Times just could not bring themselves to publish an article ragging exclusively on a thoroughly ridiculous civilization without throwing in a little social justice propaganda.
From the article:
"But the Vegas-like aura of these projects can deflect attention from the real crime: the way the developments are deforming what by all accounts was a fairly diverse and unstratified city."It almost feels like the loons at the Times included the social justice angle mid-article to atone for the honesty with which they report on Saudia Arabia's childlike excesses in Mecca, using money obtained from Westerners to hire Westerner to design buildings off-limits to Westerners.
|Big-Ben, Arab-Style: Not Approved by NYT, But Only Because Off-Limits|
To The Poor