Why they hate us (II): How many Muslims has the U.S. killed in the past 30 years? | Stephen M. Walt
According to Friedman, the big challenge we face in the Arab and Islamic world is "the Narrative" -- his patronizing term for Muslim views about America's supposedly negative role in the region...
Our real problem isn't a fictitious Muslim "narrative" about America's role in the region; it is mostly the actual things we have been doing in recent years.To say that in no way justifies anti-American terrorism or absolves other societies of responsibility for their own mistakes or misdeeds.
But the self-righteousness on display in Friedman's op-ed isn't just simplistic; it is actively harmful. Why? Because whitewashing our own misconduct makes it harder for Americans to figure out why their country is so unpopular and makes us less likely to consider different (and more effective) approaches.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
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