has disgraced America
Don't forget, Harry Reid
Remember when George W. Bush and
his neoconservative allies used to say that the “war on terror”
was a struggle on behalf of Muslims, decent folks who wanted nothing
more than to live free like you and me?
Remember when Karen Hughes paid millions to produce glitzy videos of
Muslim Americans testifying about
how free they were to practice their religion in the USA? Remember
Bush’s second inaugural, when he said
"America’s ideal of freedom" is "sustained in our national life by the
truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount,
the words of the Koran?"
Once upon a time, Republicans were so confident that the vast majority
of Muslims preferred freedom to jihad
that they believed the U.S. could install democracy in Iraq within
months. Now, confronted with a group of
Muslim Americans who want to build a cultural center that includes Jews
and Christians on the board
(how many churches and synagogues do that?), GOP leaders call them
terrorists because they don’t share
Benjamin Netanyahu’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Once upon a time, the “war on
terror” was supposed to bring American values to Saudi Arabia. Now
says we shouldn’t build a mosque in Lower Manhattan until the Saudis
build churches and synagogues in Mecca
- which is to say, we’re bringing Saudi values to the United
States. I wonder how David Petraeus feels about all this.
There he is, slogging away in the
Hindu Kush, desperately trying to be culturally sensitive, watching GIs
<>So please, no more talk about those
idealistic neoconservatives who are willing to expend blood and
because Afghans believe the U.S. is waging a war on Islam, and back
home, the super-patriots on Fox News have
declared war on Islam.
so Afghans and Iraqis can live free. People in Basra and Kandahar had
better hope that America’s counter-insurgency
warriors create a society in which they can practice their religion
free of intimidation and insult. Because it’s now clear
they can’t do so on the lower tip of the island of Manhattan.
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