By David Aaronovitch, February 21, 2011
In 2003, a matter of weeks after the fall of Saddam, I went to Cairo to make a programme for Channel 4.
I was apprehensive, not because I was asking about the problem of Middle Eastern antisemitism but because the airwaves and foreign pages had been full of hoary lock-shaking concerning what was universally called "The Arab Street".
TAS (for short) was furious. TAS was potentially violent towards Westerners. It would be best - when encountering TAS - to pretend to be Irish or Patagonian.