Here is a revealing “thought experiment” borrowed from the Daily Kos (by Jen Sorensen):
When was the last time you read a novel where the exceptional Americans were not the heroes, or even heroic? If it has been some time you should consider reading The Blind Man’s Garden by Nadeem Aslam.
But don’t think Al Qaeda and the Taliban are the heroes in this excellent novel. What it expresses is the fundamental strengths of humans: love, family, food, loyalty, and spiritual awareness. The Taliban is forcing the Muslim population back into the 13th century, Al Qaeda is fomenting violence throughout the region and threatening to expand, and the American Gobots are trampling the culture and traditions of the countries they have invaded in their imperialistic zeal to make every do as America says.
It’s a bit of an appeal to raw emotions and really doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t suspect before, but here is a headline from the Washington Post:
Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded
Are you shocked that those Muslim savages would dare to mistreat and torture our American citizens? Consider a statement made in the article By Adam Goldman and Julie Tate:
Waterboarding was one of the interrogation techniques adopted by the CIA and sanctioned by the Justice Department when the agency opened a series of secret overseas prisons to question captured terrorism suspects.
James Foley was among the four who were waterboarded several times by Islamic State militants who appeared to model the technique on the CIA’s use of waterboarding to interrogate suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.