Thursday, March 09, 2006

Come join Bush's "He-man Muslim Haters" Club

Based on a new poll from the WaPo and ABC News, more Americans today have a negative impression of Islam than they did shortly after the attacks of 9/11/01.

As the war in Iraq grinds into its fourth year, a growing proportion of Americans are expressing unfavorable views of Islam, and a majority now say that Muslims are disproportionately prone to violence, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll found that nearly half of Americans -- 46 percent -- have a negative view of Islam, seven percentage points higher than in the tense months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, when Muslims were often targeted for violence.

Well, it seems that the Bush administration and its neo-con/PNAC core are getting just the results they want in order to sustain "The Long War" that they've so desired. You can't justify substantial military expenditures and far-flung engagements without an enemy. And as long as the American people believe that Muslims are the enemy, then the neo-cons can continue to push for their dream of "American global leadership".

Isn't it ironic that it's now the Bush administration that's complaining because Americans are concerned about the DP World port management deal? Assuming that the deal is on the up-and-up, Bush and company should be reminded of an old adage: You reap what you sow.

And, isn't it a sad state of affairs when "a majority now say that Muslims are disproportionately prone to violence"? Maybe it's just me, but I seem to recall at least a few instances in the history of mankind in which Christians did, um, just a bit of killing. Which reminds me of another old adage...something about throwing stones from glass houses.



At 4:39 PM, Blogger vcthree said...

People are stupid. "Muslims are disproportionately prone to violence"? Right. And yet a so-called "Christian" nation launches a "pre-emptive" war on a country that did not attack it, then installs a "democracy"--which turns around and elects a religious-based government.

Never mind that violence isn't in the religious sect of Muslims. Never mind that it was red-blooded Americans who decided in the aftermath of 9/11 that it was a grand idea to hand out beatdowns on anyone that just happened to appear Middle Eastern, cause they were mad. Never mind that there's an average of at least five murder/death/kill stories on your local newcasts a night--many of which don't involve Muslims. And I'm not even going to start with the Minutemen, the KKK, or the Skinheads. Or the gangs in this country.

Yet, it's the Muslims are "disproportionately prone to violence"?


At 10:05 PM, Blogger DrewL said...

It's all hypocrisy. Call me crazy, but I suspect there have been just a few African-Americans who grew up in the South who believed that whites were "disproportionately prone to violence", as well. A lynching on Saturday night and church services on Sunday made for a very fulfilling weekend for some people.

Lack of knowledge begets misunderstanding. Misunderstanding begets prejudice. Prejudice begets fear. Fear begets violence.

Many have used this process over the centuries to get people to do things they otherwise wouldn't.


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