When the latest Israeli-American war crime outrages international and Arab opinion, we're constantly informed of the dichotomy between 'the Arab Street', seen demonstrating its anger, and their leadership, who we are assured are more rational, more considered, more able to understand the broader arguments — i.e. they are corrupt enough to sacrifice their people's aspirations and wealth to Israeli-American and corporate interests.
Leaving aside the obvious condescending racism in this world view, it should be obvious that this is not a purely Arab phenomenon.
We here in the UK are overwhelmingly opposed to Israel's crimes in Palestine and Lebanon, and to American and UK crimes in Iraq (and Afghanistan and elsewhere). Much good it does us. Our dear leader, the poodle Blair, is as obviously bought and paid for as the most venally corrupt 'third world' leader.
And the tame UK media protects him with the pretence he is a committment politican, braving unpopularity for what he believes to be 'right'.
He is clearly not; every aspect of his career screams opportunist and liar - from the early adventures in glam rock to his clearly shallow religiosity, completely immune to moral guidance from those he claims to recognise as spiritual and moral leaders - including the two Popes he's ignored, while pestering them with his boyish aspirations to join the Catholic Church.
But the depths of the evil he's prepared to accommodate stand against all this - the illegal assaults on civilians, civilian infrastructure, and the environment in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq; false flag terrorism in Iran (and probably Syria); support for Israeli-American war crimes in Lebanon and Palestine, and implicating the British people in these crimes; domestically, the selling of the UK's health service to American clients of the Bush regime, the transparent military drivers behind his 'discovery' of the 'need' for nuclear power, the sacrifice of an entire generation of children to alcohol addiction... the list is dispiritingly long.
So, like other American clients in the Arab world, our leaders, enslaved by fear, greed and ambition, do not represent us.
For them, office is just a small part of a career in global exploitation and domination. They look forward to corporate directorships, lucrative lecture tours, prominent roles in criminal think tanks and NGOs, a shining reputation as statesmen and men of peace delivered by the likes of American academics and MediaCorp - and all the other diverse ways corporate, American and Israeli interests repay their loyal servants.