Thursday, September 25, 2014

ISIL: ST not better than NYT

It's very early in the morning once more and I was reading this op ed by David Motadel, a historian from Cambridge University.

I asked myself, why did ST fail to print something like this? By now everyone here including the aunties in the market that spend all their time talking about meal preparation at the market wants to know exactly how ISIS came about. For us living so far away but now a dire threat brought so near, this is a Black Swan to be explained to all readers. Of course, I can't help but be reminded of Patrick Daniel stupid rebuttal that that the ST is better than the NYT.

With my background I could only try to understand the ISIL from my readings of the Taiping Rebellion. A more relevant recounting of its roots would be much better.

Update: 10:25am

The daughter told me the NYT op-ed is in today's ST. Exactly my point! I have never seen NYT republishing any ST article. At least ST had some sense to recognize the value of this article and quickly reproduce it.

If you are better than the NYT, you will be the big brother to them and not the other way round.

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