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By M. A. Muqtedar Khan | April 6, 2007
American foreign policy sins are numerous, and some are even unforgivable, such as the invasion of Iraq - based on false accusations - which has resulted in much death and destruction. But to judge America by its neoconservative foreign policy would be like judging Islam by what some radical, violence-prone Muslims have done around the world; it would be grossly unfair. There is more, much more to America than its imprudent foreign policy in the Muslim world. America contributes to maintaining the global order and has created and sustained some of the most important institutions of the international system, such as the United Nations and the World Bank.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 14, 2014
Dear Diary: Looks as though our folks must finally come clean on Benghazi. In my defense, the attack on our consulate occurred in the middle of my re-election campaign. Mitt Romney and the Republicans were banging me pretty good about foreign policy failures - particularly our new "leading from behind" strategy in dealing with the world's trouble spots. They seemed to forget I was elected on a platform to bring the boys and girls home, regardless of consequences! To make matters worse, Mr. Romney and his cowboy allies were alleging a retreat in the war on terror … er, our "overseas contingency operations.
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By David Hoffman and Tara Sonenshine | October 15, 2004
WASHINGTON -- While a deeply divided nation and its candidates for president and vice president debate the issue of who or what is to blame for why America is hated in the world today, the real work of bridging the divide between the United States and its enemies goes undone. Regardless of who becomes president in January, we have to communicate better with large parts of the world, particularly the Arab and Muslim world, where skepticism and disdain for the United States run deep. And we must figure out better ways to support citizens of the Arab world who need access to information about their lives and about the globe on which they live.
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May 6, 2013
The article by Zainab Choudry and Saqib Ali on Israel's supposed discrimination against Arab-American and Muslim citizens is missing a big part of the story in the Arab and Muslim world ("Don't let Israel discriminate," April 30). Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had to personally intervene to allow Jewish reporters on his plane to enter Saudi Arabia, since Jews weren't allowed. Christians in Arab lands are harassed and persecuted on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Muslim women are considered property upon marriage, and the Arab Spring in Egypt has replaced one dictator with another.
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By A.R.M. BABU | June 30, 1993
Yesterday the target was General Aidid of Somalia, today Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Tomorrow it could be General Bashir of Sudan, followed by that popular punching bag Colonel Kadafi of Libya.All these alleged ''terrorists'' happen to be in the Third World. All are Muslims and members of the Arab League. Is this just a coincidence or are they simply the most convenient targets whenever a U.S. president wants to boost his sagging popularity at home?To many in the Third World, Washington's latest act of aggression against Iraq is simply state terrorism, no matter what the legal pretext.
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By Cal Thomas and Cal Thomas,Chicago Tribune | December 27, 2006
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Karen Hughes is not as visible as when she worked at the White House, or on two presidential campaigns, but her 16 months as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs have given her opportunities to counter what she calls the "propaganda" that the media in many Arab and Muslim countries convey to their people about the United States. In a meeting last week in her State Department office, Ms. Hughes told me that she recognizes the difference between the Cold War, when "we were trying to get information into largely closed societies whose people were hungry to hear from us," and today, when "we're competing for attention and credibility in a very crowded communications environment."
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By Thomas L. Friedman | November 28, 2002
WASHINGTON -- To: Leaders of the Muslim world From: President George W. Bush Dear Sirs, As you approach the end of Ramadan and we approach our Thanksgiving, I thought it would be a good time for me to share with you some concerns. Let me be blunt: I am increasingly worried that we are heading toward a civilizational war. How so? Well, let me point out just a few news stories in recent days: Imam Samudra, the Indonesian Islamist accused of masterminding last month's Bali bombing -- in which nearly 200 tourists were killed -- reportedly said during his confession that it was a "holy bomb" that ripped apart that disco, and that it was aimed there because it was full of foreigners -- i.e., non-Muslims.
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June 5, 2009
Barack Obama gave perhaps the most important speech of his young presidency Thursday, offering a stirring reminder of the oratorical gifts that propelled a young African-American of limited political experience to the leadership of the United States and the free world. Speaking from the heart of the Arab world and touching on a wide range of critical issues, from religious extremism and nuclear weapons to women's rights and economic development, Mr. Obama returned time and again to the theme of shared purpose and the quest for common ground.
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September 26, 2012
President Barack Obama's rousing defense of American free speech and the First Amendment at the United Nations this week made his country proud. In the context of rioting in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam video, the message was overdue: In a free society, even hateful messages are protected, and placing restrictions on speech helps lead to political oppression. That's not to suggest Americans endorse the video in question and its smears against the Prophet Muhammad. But the proper response to vile, awful messages is not violence, or the threat of violence, but more speech that will, as Mr. Obama observed, "lift up the values of understanding and mutual respect.
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March 24, 2011
The Obama administration has made the right call on Libya. Humanitarian assistance, especially protecting rebels and civilians from outright massacre, is the right thing to do and can help improve our standing in the Muslim world. Linda K. Brown, Baltimore
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By Cal Thomas | April 27, 2013
One of the consequences of abandoning a standard by which right and wrong can be judged is our increasing inability to mete out punishment that fits the crime. In fact, too often we weigh extenuating circumstances rather than guilty actions. In the case of the Boston bombers, observers search for reasons why the attacks occurred. But the failure to view the attackers as anything other than simply guilty and judge them accordingly is similar to the U.S. government's attitude toward the Middle East, which often sees Israel as the major impediment to peace.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | October 28, 2012
Four years ago, a telegenic, charismatic senator from Illinois cobbled together a New Deal coalition of labor, environmentalists, progressives, African-Americans and young people to capture the presidency. It was an exciting time. America had elected its first mixed-race president. Another glass ceiling had been broken. Even those of us who opposed his policies recognized that the election of Barack Obama conveyed a positive message about America to the world. In D.C., a jubilant media speculated about a "post-partisan" Capitol Hill.
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October 22, 2012
The tragic assassination attempt in Pakistan against 14-year-old student Malala Yousafzai, merely because she was a female who spoke out for women's education, is a disturbing reminder that there are still places in our world where an educated woman is considered a threat. More disturbing still is that it occurred in a nation which 24 years ago elected Benazir Bhutto as the first female prime minister of a Muslim country. It is a potent reminder that progress for women does not always proceed linearly.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | September 30, 2012
Political consultants often use the term "optics" to describe how consequential events are perceived by the general public. With regard to the present Middle East crisis, the president's optics are way off course. There was the Las Vegas fundraiser following the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. This was followed by a "Letterman" appearance while violent anti-American demonstrations were breaking out in Europe, Africa and Asia. Then, instead of a defense of U.S. values, pandering messages to the Muslim world in response to an amateurish anti-Muslim video that almost nobody (including the protesters)
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September 26, 2012
President Barack Obama's rousing defense of American free speech and the First Amendment at the United Nations this week made his country proud. In the context of rioting in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam video, the message was overdue: In a free society, even hateful messages are protected, and placing restrictions on speech helps lead to political oppression. That's not to suggest Americans endorse the video in question and its smears against the Prophet Muhammad. But the proper response to vile, awful messages is not violence, or the threat of violence, but more speech that will, as Mr. Obama observed, "lift up the values of understanding and mutual respect.
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By Jonah Goldberg | September 24, 2012
"No One Murdered Because Of This Image. " That was a recent headline from The Onion, the often hilarious parody newspaper. The image in question is really not appropriate to describe with any specificity in a family newspaper. It's quite simply disgusting. And, suffice it to say, it leaves nothing to the imagination. Four of "the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity," according to The Onion, and yet "no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened, sources reported Thursday.
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March 16, 1996
John A. "Jack" Berrill,72, a cartoonist who produced the comic strip "Gil Thorp," a chronicle of a high school coach and his students, died of cancer Thursday in Brookfield, Conn.The comic strip, which runs in more than 65 newspapers, was named after his two favorite sports heroes: Gil Hodges, the Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman, and Jim Thorpe, the Olympic champion and football star.A. Clifford Barger,79, professor emeritus of physiology at the Harvard Medical School, who helped identify the bodily processes that can lead to congestive heart failure, died Wednesday at his home in Brookline, Mass.
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November 4, 2001
Thanks to all who helped Lothian church On behalf of the United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County, I would like to thank all of the wonderful citizens of Anne Arundel County and around the state that contributed to our fundraising efforts for Rapture Church of Lothian that was vandalized by unknown assailants in August of this year. Through your generous donations, they will be able to refurbish the building and restore the Food Pantry, which feeds hundreds of families each month in South County.
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September 24, 2012
In "Understanding Arab anger" (Sept. 19), Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, claims that "the deepest sources of anger against America … pertain to the presence of U.S. forces in the Middle East and to U.S. policy toward the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. " This obscures how a marginal video - or Danish cartoons, a Salman Rushdie novel, or threatened Koran-burning by the pastor of a minuscule congregation - ignite violence throughout the Muslim world.
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By Jonah Goldberg | September 20, 2012
The Obama administration's omnibus answer to why the Middle East (and now much of the Muslim world) is in near open rebellion against the United States: The video did it. The follow-up question no one seems to be asking is: "What if the administration's explanation is true?" White House Press Secretary Jay Carney insists the attacks in Egypt, Libya and elsewhere were a "response not to United States policy, and not to, obviously, the administration, not to the American people," but were rather a spontaneous "response to a video, a film we have judged to be reprehensible and disgusting.
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