1 readers online now  |  69 million page views

The California Suicide Bomber and Cognitive dissonance

Reader comment on item: [Ra'ed Mansour al-Banna:] The California Suicide Bomber

Submitted by Stan Futterman (United States), Apr 4, 2005 at 16:05

Your article on the Caliifornia suicide bomber describes a person who to all appearances was pro-American until he "became distraught about developments in Iraq" and was denied re-entry to the U.S., where he apparently had established permanent residence. Yet instead of observing that this is an instance -- no doubt like many others - where U.S. policy may have created an enemy, you conclude this "confirms . . . the urgent need to keep an eye on all . . . Muslims"!

In other words, when a given policy appears to have unfortunate results, redouble it! Is this not another instance where a pre-determined conclusion determines our interpretation of the data? Have we not learned that was one of the problems in our intelligence on Iraq?
Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to The California Suicide Bomber and Cognitive dissonance by Stan Futterman

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)