I checked Memeorandum this morning and saw that the lead story was about the new Miss USA, Rima Fakih, who is a Lebanese-American immigrant and competed as Miss Michigan. Some on the right, such as Michelle Malkin, responded to her victory by attacking her for her interview comments. Daniel Pipes, whose foreign policy analysis I respect, went so far as to suggest that she is an "affirmative action" winner. How can anyone look at her pictures and think: affirmative action?
The attacks against her by prominent people on the right are petty and uncalled for. They suggest a reflexive dislike of Muslims and Arabs. Here's a story that we should be celebrating as an example of assimilation. This woman comes from a Muslim background, but she isn't demanding special accommodation for her religion. She isn't competing in a niqab, in a separate Muslim-only pageant. She's obviously embraced American culture to the point of parading around in a bikini to win a beauty contest. And that's a good thing.If Rima Fakih is at all representative of Lebanese women, I think I speak for most guys in saying that we need more Lebanese-Americans.