So I was sitting around my dorm talking to some of the exchange officers. We ended up talking about mideast politics. My arab friend was absolutly possitive that the late King Hussain of Jordan could have solved everything.
N=Notorious, Y=My buddy who will not be named here.
Y- "the leader of the country should always be passed from father to son... and father to son again... it is the best government."
N- "Why, what are the advantages of that?"
Y- "Then the leader will have the loyalties of the whole country. The king will make the best desision for the whole of the country always."
N- "What happens if a father is a wise leader... but he has a son who is an idiot."
Y- "This is no problem... he will have many wise men around to advise him..."
N- "You don't think a democracy or republic would be better so that everyone gets a hand in who would be the best leader? That way the people could choose the best and wisest leader."
Y- "Well... no, it is a horrable idea. Half the country will not have wanted to have this man the leader... and they won't be loyal. To have a loyal country, don't give them a choice."
N- "What about the possibility of a son who is so complete an idiot so that he won't listen to his advisors?"
Y- "What about the possibility that the people voting for their leader are idiots..."
Tue-shay dude, Tue-shay.
Now the same man on girls...
Y- "Are you married?"
N- "No... (followed by a quick run down of my current situation)"
Y- "We don't have these problems. We would never have a girlfriend."
N- "Interesting, not a bad idea... so how do you meet girls?"
Y- "Coffee shops, class, or if you can not find a girl that way... you can always ask your mother or sisters or aunts to find you one, but it must be a woman who finds you a girl."
N- "Why a woman who finds her for you?"
Y- "It is the best way. You can never know the girl's mind like another girl."
N- "What if you don't like her after you have already been married?"
Y- "Well I think that you should like her. ---- But you can always get divorced."
N- "Is there a lot of divorce?"
Y- "No, almost never. It is better to take another wife."
N- "If you are already having women problems, why would you want another one around... doesn't that make it worse?"
Y- "Ha Ha ha... No my friend, a man with more than one wife will always have the sweetest most attentive wives. A man with one wife must work for her attention, a man with two wives, the wives work for his attention!" (This comment was followed by a wink and hearty laught.)
"A man with two wifes is free... and if he gives them children... he is completely his own man, all he must do is have the roof fixed and pay for food."
I have been over it in my head... I think that is some genious shit... Oh well, off to study my Qaran.