Thursday, October 06, 2011

Arabs embrace Steve Jobs and the Syrian connection | Reuters

Arabs embrace Steve Jobs and the Syrian connection Reuters:

I didn't realize Job's Syrian heritage until I started tranlating all the obits popping up in Arabic on facebook.
Others hailed Jobs, whose Syrian links have been little mentioned until now, as "a great Arab American" and "the most famous Arab in the world."
In Syria, some people, who all declined to give their full names, said Jobs would have been unlikely to have had such a stellar career if he had lived in the land of his father's birth, where the Assad family has ruled for 41 years.

"I felt sad, not because he is of Syrian origin but because we will miss the inventor and his inventions," said Rana, a 21-year-old student. "But I think that if he had stayed in Syria, he would not have invented anything."

"This is sad and we will miss a lot of his achievements, but the company will continue," said Ali, a website designer. "If he had lived and died in Syria, he would not have accomplished anything."

A 28-year-old Damascus resident, who gave his name as Ahmed, said he was happy to learn that Jobs had Syrian antecedents, although he was unable to afford any of Apple's products.

"I think that if he had lived in Syria he would not have been able to achieve any of this, or else he would have chosen to leave Syria," Ahmed said.
Other Syrians regretted that Jobs had no roots of his own in his father's homeland.

"The sad thing is that he had lived and died abroad, and humanity lost him," said Maneh, a 27-year-old bank employee, who posted an image of the Apple founder on his
Facebook page.

2 comments:

Robin Edgar said...
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Robin Edgar said...

That was quite good right up to the "The sad thing is that he had lived and died abroad, and humanity lost him," concluding quote. . . As the preceding quotes make clear, it was hardly a "sad thing" that Steve Jobs "lived and died abroad" in America, far from it. . . humanity benefitted quite a bit from his technological, achievements to say nothing of his marketing savvy, which probably would not have happened had he lived in the Assad family's version of Syria.

In his own way Steve Jobs, along with other creators of the digital video technology that is embedded in many cell phones, and readily postable to the interconnected world-wide web of the internet, enabled the Arab Spring to take place.

No?