In Adam Gopnik’s lengthy piece on Churchill in the New Yorker, he writes:
For Churchill always thought in terms not of national interest but of a national character that could trump interest. The Germans “combine in the most deadly manner the qualities of the warrior and the slave,” he said firmly. “They do not value freedom themselves and the spectacle of it in others is hateful to them.” Or, as he put it more succinctly, “They are carnivorous sheep.” We do not think this way anymore.
Not about the Germans, we don’t. But doesn’t it strike you as a rather apt description of much of the Arab world?
Not all people in a culture conform to the description of the group of which they are members, of course. But cultures do have basic characteristics that can be generalized about, and PC-thinking blinds us to certain truths that we ignore at our peril.