To the Editor
On October 29th,
you reported that the United States appears to be losing propaganda war in
Afghanistan. I agree with your assessment and believe much of the danger
results from our inability to confront six myths:
vocabulary increasingly suggests that the events of September 11th
were akin to a natural event. We speak of the destruction of the World Trade
Center as if it were a natural “disaster” or “catastrophe.” Neither of
these terms nor many other politically correct euphemisms accurately
characterizes what happened—it was a deliberate, calculated, evil attack
upon the United States and our ideals
foreign press is increasingly fond of characterizing the West in general and
the United States in particular as exploiters. While it is true that we have
far more than many other countries, we didn’t take it away from them, we
built it! In many cases, we used resources that they were content to ignore. Even
the oil that is a source of wealth and influence for many Muslim countries was
discovered, tapped, and commercialized by the West.
Third, we are
being conditioned to think of innocent Afghans. A more realistic assessment
would recognize that that agents of their government planned, funded, carried
out the attack. Under law, the Afghans are as responsible for the action of
their agents as the Nazi’s were
responsible for many atrocities carried out by their agents.
Muslim apologists are working vigorously to put a pretty face on Islamic
teachings. A more accurate view may be found in the faces of Muslim men,
women, and children celebrating the attack on America, the voices of Islamic
religious leaders exhorting their followers to murder Christians, and the
lines of Pakistani Muslims waiting to join the Jihad.
protagonists have made an effort to portray the Palestinians as powerless
victims. In fact, the Palestinians have exercised far more influence than
either their numbers or their legitimate claims on our sympathies warrant.
Beginning with decision to reject peaceful coexistence, they have sided with
hostile governments, wantonly killed countless women and children, sabotaged
every ealistic peace proposal, and taught yet another generation to hate.
would have us treat civilian casualties as a pretext to stop military action
in Afghanistan. Only Muslims delight in the killing of noncombatants, but even
if we accept their estimates, we have killed and injured far fewer civilians
that were murdered in the attacks of September 11th