America vs. The Narrative

Thomas Friedman on Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: “The Narrative is the cocktail of half-truths, propaganda and outright lies about America that have taken hold in the Arab-Muslim world since 9/11. Propagated by jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books — and tacitly endorsed by some Arab regimes — this narrative posits that America has declared war on Islam, as part of a grand “American-Crusader-Zionist conspiracy” to keep Muslims down.”

“Yes, after two decades in which U.S. foreign policy has been largely dedicated to rescuing Muslims or trying to help free them from tyranny — in Bosnia, Darfur, Kuwait, Somalia, Lebanon, Kurdistan, post-earthquake Pakistan, post-tsunami Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan — a narrative that says America is dedicated to keeping Muslims down is thriving.”

A good, quick read looking at the reality vs. perception of America vs. Islam.  Really, it’s the story of the last decade.  You could even say that the story of the Bush Administration is their failure to understand that dichotomy, well, amongst numerous failures.  (Thx, Zack)

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