Hearts and minds
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