Look in Your Mirror

(New York Times) Thomas L. Friedman - I don't like to see anyone's faith insulted, but we need to make two things very clear - one is that an insult does not entitle people to go out and attack embassies and kill innocent diplomats. And, second, before demanding an apology from our president, the young Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, Yemenis, Pakistanis, Afghans and Sudanese who have been taking to the streets might want to look in the mirror - or just turn on their own televisions. They might want to look at the chauvinistic bile that is pumped out by some of their own media insulting Shiites, Jews, Christians, Sufis and anyone else who is not a Sunni, or fundamentalist, Muslim. Let's cut the nonsense that this is just our problem and the only issue is how we clean up our act. Our president and major newspapers consistently condemn hate speech against other religions. How about yours?

2012-09-19 00:00:00

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