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What Are They Thinking?

Reader comment on item: The U.S. Institute of Peace Stumbles

Submitted by Robert Arsenault (United States), Mar 25, 2004 at 13:15

Those government officials not specifically working on anti-terrorist measures seem to be following this line of reasoning with regard to Islam:

1. Put a happy face on the relationship between Muslims and the related branch of government.
2. Accomplish this by avoiding any step that Muslims could possibly interpret as offensive.
3. Realize that, because support for the 9/11 attacks remains widespread among Muslims, that:
a) There are few Muslim groups one can safely exclude from any public dialog
b) No comment can be made about the nature of this support, or that it exists
4. Place the government's relationship with Muslims above its relationship with the truth.

The American government owes it to its citizens to play it straight at the expense of putting a few frowns on the faces of those who, at the least, aren't our friends.

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