Gary Leupp writes: (excerpts)
Condi (the USA Secretary of State) doesn't say Islam is the problem. Secretaries of state in today's world, which is 20% Muslim, can't say such things. But her implication is clear. Unless the U.S. installs its allies in broader Middle East (Muslim) capitals and works with them to change the "hearts and minds" of their Muslim populations, so that they get it into their heads that (as Bush insists) "the American people are a good people" (and their government also good by definition) our children here in the U.S. will have to worry about their safety. The "different kind of Middle East" the administration envisions is one in which Islamic belief itself undergoes a kind of reformation induced from without.
While publicly insisting that it respects Islam as "a religion of peace," the administration will continue to do what American politicians have done for years. "I'm for racial equality, equality of opportunity," they'll say, then use nuance and symbols and subtly play the race card. The administration exploits anti-Muslim bigotry and irrational fear of "those people" to justify to the American public an ongoing campaign, currently honing in on Syria and Iran, to "build" a "stable" Muslim world