Hearts and minds

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

While I whole­heart­edly agree with Tony Blank­ley (“De­featism in the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion,” Aug.14 edi­tion) that the­war­be­tween civ­i­liza­tion and Is­lamist bar­bar­ity “is go­ing to be a bloody fight to the death,” even he un­der­states the lack of can­dor and res­o­lu­tion among those who should know bet­ter. Mr. Blank­ley writes that “win­ning the hearts and minds of the Arab street is a valid long term as­pi­ra­tion.” Any­one that takes time­awayfrom net­work television and reads the ac­tual facts should know bet­ter.

The “Arab Street” is not go­ing to al­low Western­ers“in their heartsandminds” in any of our life­times. They think dif­fer­ent. They have dif­fer­ent­val­ues. Vi­o­lence­and­in­tim­i­da­tion­isanestab­lished part of their cul­ture and has been for cen­turies. They have had to tol­er­ate West­ern colo­nial­ism for cen­turies. Ex­cept for their despots,the­yare­poorandwearerich.They­don’t like us. We need to fo­cus less on some­one like KarenHugh­eswin­ning“heartsandminds”and more on ef­fec­tive pro­pa­ganda. They do and the­yarewin­ninginthatarena.In­stead,we­have our own me­dia work­ing for them. Wayne G. Sk­aggs Wim­ber­ley, Texas

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