who might happen to find this, I have something to offer:
Without knowing it, he had broken a time-honored maxim of that world:
Never speak ill of your own people when in the company of strangers.
There was too little recognition of the malignant
trilogy—anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and anti-modernism—that had
poisoned the life of Egypt and much of the region. . . .
Could be that he didn't consider it a problem because he doesn't consider us 'his people'?