Critical Analysis: Robert Kilroy-Silk’s ‘We Owe Arabs Nothing’

Robert Kilroy-Silk’s ‘We Owe Arabs Nothing‘ is a biased article expressing his prejudice opinion that Arab’s contribute nothing to the rest of the world as they are all “suicide bombers, limb-amputators and women-repressors.”

Kilroy uses binary opposites to give an obvious distinction between the East and the West. He refers to Arabs negatively as “they” whilst to the readers as “we” to show an opposition between us. He says “What do they think we feel about them?” By using 2nd and 3rd person, he forcefully involves the reader in a persuasive manner as if we all agree with his unbalanced view. To add to the distinction, Kilroy also manages to dehumanise Arabs by saying “the Saddam Hussein.”

The article is full of continuous rhetorical questions which mainly appear in lists of three. He asks these before giving his own opinion such as “Anything really useful? Anything really valuable? Something we really need, could not do without? No, nor can I.” This throws his own opinion to your attention and prevents the reader from disagreeing.

Although there are 26 questions in his article, there is not a single answer. This could mean that Kilroy is open to other reasoning. However, his view that Arabs killed more than 3,000 civilians on September 11th and then “danced in the hot, dusty streets to celebrate the murders” is a solid generalisation. It seems unlikely that his judgement is asking to be changed .The purpose of rhetorical questions appears only to protect his opinion.

Bibliography: [Accessed: November 2009]

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