By Alexander Carpenter
I enjoyed this interview with hipster Iranian scholar Reza Aslan. His informed points about Iraq cut right through the fearmongering about the "war on terrorism" and noting that Iran has the best Muslim democracy in the Middle East needs more attention.
As Michael Scheuer, the former station chief of the CIA's Osama Bin Laden task force, has correctly noted: Osama doesn’t hate our freedom: The fundamental flaw in our thinking about Bin Laden is that ‘Muslims hate and attack us for what we are and think, rather than what we do.’ Muslims are bothered by our modernity, democracy, and sexuality, but they are rarely spurred to action unless American forces encroach on their lands. It’s American foreign policy that enrages Osama and al-Qaida, not American culture and society.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4252