During the past year of travels throughout the Middle East and North Africa I have rarely seen or felt any sort of threat, whether personal or against Americans in general. There have been, of course, moments of ‘mistranslation’ or of misunderstanding. Those are the things I try to point out in this blog. Not only the incorrect application of American terms and customs and norms, but also the reverse.
This particular snapshot, though, which I took when my family sat for a lovely late afternoon meal in a cafe near the old fortress hill in Ankara, Turkey, gave me the willies. It’s exactly the type of thing that most Americans fear they might see and, because of that fear, probably interpret in the wrong way. Certainly my first thoughts on seeing this rug were that someone intended it as a celebration of the 9/11 attacks. But, on closer inspection, it doesn’t seem to be a celebration at all. Yet it doesn’t quite make sense. Who would buy something like this?
In the end, I think its just prominently Not Quite Right.