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October 06, 2005


Jon Alterman

The influence of Islamic radicalism is also magnified by helpers and enablers. They have been sheltered by authoritarian regimes, allies of convenience like Syria and Iran, that share the goal of hurting America and moderate Muslim governments, and use terrorist propaganda to blame their own failures on the West and America, and on the Jews. These radicals depend on front operations, such as corrupted charities, which direct money to terrorist activity. They're strengthened by those who aggressively fund the spread of radical, intolerant versions of Islam in unstable parts of the world. The militants are aided, as well, by elements of the Arab news media that incite hatred and anti-Semitism, that feed conspiracy theories and speak of a so-called American "war on Islam" -- with seldom a word about American action to protect Muslims in Afghanistan, and Bosnia, Somalia, Kosovo, Kuwait, and Iraq.

The Lounsbury

Well, Alterman has certainly whipped up a nice tale, but I have to say it's fairly nonsensical.

In any case, I rather enjoy the categorical assertions like the above by people who've clearly gotten their "knowledge" of the Arab media 3rd hand, and yet can lecture about it.

the aardvark

No, he forgot the quote marks but that was a transcription of Bush's speech. Alterman does speak Arabic and has first hand experience, by the way, but in this case he can't (and wouldn't!) claim credit for the text...

The Lounsbury

You know, I had no idea that this was the CSIS Alterman. I thought it was a random comment by a guy named Alterman.....

Apologies all around.

But odd that it looks just like a looney tuney comment in that conext.

the aardvark

hence my last comment that the whole speech sounded like warmed over wingnut blogging. Weird, weird stuff!

The Lounsbury

Indeed, I proved your point.

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