This is a brilliant argument from Andrew Potter, the test for me always being 'damn! Why didn't I think of'' this or that point. However. It seems to me that the key is 9-11. Subtracting the flowery religious words in Osama bin Laden's 'Letter to Ameica', weherein he explains why they hit America that day, and it comes down to this:
'You attacked us [Iraq, Somalia, etc.] and you continue to attack us.'
9-11 had absolutely nothing to do with Islam or Muslims. It was an act of retaliation for international war crimes committed by the U.S. overseas. Hundreds of thousands of people were murdered. Make that case, show that Muslims have been victimized, and this unfounded resentment and fear of Muslims would be gone.
But, that people think that they are bad, is the useful Big Lie. So now we ourselves face the test: Can we do any better against the Big Lie than those tested before us?
- editor, mcloughlinpost.com
P.S.: free Gaza
Ground Zero mosque: A monument to modernity
Ottawa Citizen, Andrew Potter, August 22, 2010