April 23, 2012

Why Does the West Exaggerate the Threats of Tyrants?

Paul Pillar, The National Interest

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Any exaggerated portrayal of a foreign problem is an impediment to well-reasoned construction of policy for dealing with the problem. The appeal of the map-wiping or Earth-face-wiping imagery seems to make such exaggeration all the more likely to catch on and harder to correct. We ought to wipe such terms out of our vocabulary except in the extremely rare instances in which intentions of outright extermination really are involved.

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TAGGED: United States, France, Syria, Nicolas Sarkozy, Libya, Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Muammar Gaddafi, Benghazi, Homs


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