Even Arabs believe the Liberal-Left hates America.
Amir Taheri writes a must-read to counter all these theories about "America is hated by Arabs since Bush was elected". Its regarding Karen Hughes' recent trip to the Middle East and her findings (which by the way, were bullshit!).
A few highlights that might shock some readers:
-Then, too, America has been the No. 1 foreign tourist destination for Arabs since the 1980s, and has remained so despite restrictions imposed on Arab visitors after 9/11.
-More than half of all major articles in the two main pan-Arab daily newspapers come from The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and Time magazines and other U.S. publications. Some American columnists have become household names in most Arab countries.
And he goes on to question, just who exactly is helping the Mad Mullahs' Jihad against the US?
In Arab newspapers, the bulk of the material that could be classified as anti-Bush and/or anti-American is translated from U.S. sources. Stroll in the streets where books and video and audio tapes are on sale at the curbsides and you will see that 90 percent of the items vilifying America come from American, French and British authors.
No Arab anti-American has produced anything like the conspiracy theories that American intellectuals such as Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Scott Ritter, Seymour Hersh and Edward Said, to name a few, have put on the markets everywhere, including the Arab world.
At any given time, one can find a horde of American activists visiting the region to urge the natives to hate America:
One American professor recently published an op-ed in The New York Times relating his trip to Iran, where he was "disappointed" to see that students not only did not hate George W. Bush but, horror of horrors, also craved for an American-style democracy instead of an Islamist utopia.
* The anti-Bush demonstrations that Arabs watch on TV take place in Washington, San Francisco and Seattle, not in any Arab city.
* A friend, who happens to be a minister in an Arab state, was saddened this summer when, spending holidays with his family in the United States as he had always done since student days, he had to quarrel with an old American schoolmate. The point of the dispute was that the American insisted that the United States was an "evil empire," while the Arab believed that it could be a force for reform in the Middle East.
* A Kuwaiti friend withdrew his son from an American university to "protect him from [being] brainwashed into hating the United States." [ED NOTE: Too bad my dad never did the same thing when I was attending Concordia University. AKA Gaza U.]
And finally ends the article with an excellent conclusion:
"Many polls have been conducted to show that the Arabs are anti-American. A more interesting poll would aim at finding out how many Americans are so afflicted by self-loathing as to devote their energies to a systematic vilification of their nation."
The Mullahs in the Middle East have no greater allies in helping spread their message than the loonie-left in Europe and North America. Because to many students over there, whenever they hear Chomsky or Michael Moore mouthing off about US "imperialism" it only helps them validate the fundamentalists' crap that are widespread across the mosques.
Whenever I debate with some of my buddies back in the Middle East about the Iraq War and the war on terror in general, I always get the snappy come back "LOOK THE AMERICANS ARE SAYING IT THEMSELVES!" and point me to a Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD. Or a Noam Chomsky book and (on one occasion) Linda McQuack's "Its the Crude Dude" which ends up in a 4 hour long conversation with me trying to counter all the points those authors and filmmakers raise in their work. By the end of the conversation, we forget what we were talking about.
Now let me makes this VERY clear. I don't believe (nor does Amir Taheri) that the Western Left actually WANT to help the fundamentalists with their cause. Not at all. I'm pretty sure Michael Moore (as much of a gasbag he really is) would be horrified at the thought of him helping indoctrinate a suicide bomber. The main point is: Your not helping. And take it from a guy who spent quite a bit of time in the Middle East, its true.