Could Palin know even more Arabic? She did go on to say that both sides fighting in Syria are, "shouting 'Allah Akbar' at each other."Stop for a moment.
She could've easily translated "Allah Akbar" into English, noting that the combatants were screaming, "God is great." Or as Sen. John McCain remarked Tuesday on Fox News, "Allah Akbar" is no different than an American Christian saying, "Thank God."
Imagine if Obeidallah was commenting on some grainy FLIR gun camera footage where a U.S. pilot was ecstatically murmuring "God is great! God is great! God is great!" from the moment the Hellfire left the rail to the point where it impacted amongst the women and kids.
There would be absolute pandemonium on the networks. Dean, whose standup has been graded on a curve since 9/11 because his dad is Palestinian**, would be sh!++!ng himself with panicky accusations of our military being composed of xenophobic homicidal JeezoBot crusaders. But, you know, if you do it in a foreign language, it's just a colorful ethnic tradition.
* Don't worry, Zimmerman; Palin is still the Thinking Liberal's Goldstein.
** This makes Obeidallah, who was born in New Jersey, less of a "Palestinian" than I am a "Chicagoan".