I have gotten in trouble in the past for the insensitive and apparently now-politically incorrect use of such aphorisms as “off the reservation” and “going native” — both of which have drawn complaints from some well-meaning watchdogs who heard me use those terms on radio interviews.
But now, language and cultural sensitivity have entered a new phase. I won’t take sides — too dangerous.
The National Iranian-American Council is protesting Google Earth’s use of the term “Arabian Gulf” to describe what NIAC and apparently many others have classically called the “Persian Gulf.”
And no, the State Department has told me that Google’s actions were not done in response to any sanctions actions against Iran.
Good luck to all parties.
— Steve Clemons