It has been over a week since all the hoopla started in the ME…….I have been listening to all the pundits analyze what is happening in the Middle East as I type……..conservs like Morning Joe are saying flat out that Muslims hate us….libs are begging for understanding……
I will weigh in…..Arabs do NOT hate us, at least when I was in the ME I did not find this….yes, they do appreciate the government and some of their ideas for what is important in the region….but they do NOT hate just because you are an American. We have all these people fanning the flames by making blanket statements…most of which are LIES! Yes, there are those groups that preach hatred of the US….but only a small amount of people take them seriously……And yes, some average Arabs will throw rocks at the embassy….but most of that is out of frustration more than hatred.
The problem is that too many Americans will let someone form their opinions for them……not one media pundit is held responsible for the lies they spread….okay someone will fact check them but that is about as far as it goes……and then they allow a war hawk like Dan Senor to spout his crap and NO one challenges him on his “mis-statements”….I would use lies but I want to be kind…
There is the problem….Americans like categorizing people….it is easier than learning the truth…….so because few people know anything about Muslims then they must be the bad guy…..Stereotyping in any form is just plain wrong and LAZY!
(Newser) – When the first Mideast protests started this week, the storyline went something like this: “Crude anti-Islam film made by Israeli-American and funded by Jews leads to Muslim protests that boil over, causing four American deaths in Libya,” writes Robert Wright at the Atlantic. Already, we’ve learned that the “Israeli-American” identified as Sam Bacile is probably a Coptic Christian named Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. His Innocence of Muslimsfilm wasn’t funded by Jews and it may have had nothing to do with the American deaths: Libya looks more and more like a well-planned terrorist attack, “not spontaneous mob violence.”
The early narrative was embraced because it “fit so nicely into some common stereotypes—about crazy Muslims who get whipped into a death frenzy at the drop of a hat, about the backstage machinations of Jews, and about the natural tension between Muslims and Jews,” says Wright. Expect more misconceptions to fall by the wayside—don’t judge Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi too quickly, for example, until you remember the minefield of domestic politics he has to navigate. And be wary of “letting simplistic mental templates continue to shape the story.” Read Wright’s full essay here.
Conservs are the worse……since it fits nicely into the bogus narrative they have on the Middle East…..stereotyping is the easiest way to make their case against any group of people…in this case……….The Arabs. Just keep in mind Europe in the 1930′s when another ethnic group was being stereotyping and demonization.