Last evening I took some time to read a number of items on a blog called Rantings of a Sandmonkey. The Sandmonkey describes himself as “… an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off.”

The Sandmonkey is an intelligent, humorous Egyptian who writes on both serious and silly topics. But when the subject is serious, his objectivity and intellligence especially shines through. His blog also includes numerous links to other blogs by Arabs friendly to liberty and reason.

It’s always refreshing to read well-reasoned, Western-friendly writings from Middle Easterners, and it’s important for keeping the bigot-bogeyman away from Western minds at a time when we keep seeing the evidence of massive M.E. irrationality. These bloggers and others like them deserve our attention.

A few of the Sandmonkey’s entries that I especially enjoyed last night:

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