September 13, 2012
Don't Give Up on Arab Spring Yet
Shadi Hamid, Foreign Policy
A U.S. diplomat is dead. For ordinary Americans, the understandable reaction is one of anger, even betrayal. We liberated them, this time for humanitarian reasons, and even though our vital interests were not at stake. And now they besiege our embassy and kill our ambassador. When I woke up today, a friend asked me half-jokingly, "What's wrong with Muslims?" That is, whether we like it or not, the question that many -- including American liberals who have, time and time again, given "Muslims" the benefit of the doubt -- will be asking.
And it is here that narratives will collide. The anti-Islam film in question was a pretext much more than the cause of yesterday's violence. It could have been anything. Anti-American anger, even in Libya, the most...
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