"When Ms. Hughes expressed the hope here that Saudi women would be able to drive and "fully participate in society" much as they do in her country, many challenged her.
"The general image of the Arab woman is that she isn't happy," one audience member said. Well, we're all pretty happy." The room, full of students, faculty members and some professionals, resounded with applause.
Oh really?? How true is this? Were these women being honest or just posturing in response to the patronizing tone of Ms. Hughes who is a senior Bush administration official charged with spreading the American message in the Muslim world?
Nobody likes being told what to do, least of all in a setting like the one described here.. But how long will these women keep burying their heads in the sand?