Writing intermittently on life, politics, and society

More hearts and minds

Frank Rich writes:

So virulent is the Islamophobic hysteria of the neocon and Fox News right — abetted by the useful idiocy of the Anti-Defamation LeagueHarry Reid and other cowed Democrats — that it has also rendered Gen. David Petraeus’s last-ditch counterinsurgency strategy for fighting the war inoperative. How do you win Muslim hearts and minds in Kandahar when you are calling Muslims every filthy name in the book in New York?

Pretty much. I would imagine that it gets increasingly difficult to generate support for money for aid and soldiers in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan in an environment where the word “Muslim” is being increasingly used as a perjorative term. Worse still, the furore only helps feed perceptions of the US as a country at war with Islam. A perception that makes it easier, not harder, for militants to find new recruits.

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