By Damian Lanigan
The Telegraph (UK)
November 20, 2007
So the US State Department is seeking to wean impressionable young Muslims off terrorism by introducing pro-American blog posts. It’s not the worst idea to come out of the current administration (it’s up against some pretty stiff competition after all), but one can’t help picking up the whiff of desperation.
The problem is that most young people in the Islamic world probably have a good idea that they’d be much better off if their governments did what the Americans want them to.
George W Bush is right about one thing: people everywhere long to be free, to be able to conduct their business without the clerics and secret police invigilating quite so closely. But his appeal to the aspiring spirit can only work if it’s in keeping with America’s actions…..