“Because we are trusted so little” – Joe Biden
Because of “the bullying, selfish, abusive behavior” of President Bush and his administration. – John Edwards
“John’s point is right, but I want to broaden it a little.” If you were a Muslim overseas listening to Rudy Giuliani saying they want to come over here and kill you, you would get the impression that we don’t want to talk. – Barack Obama
“This has been a vacuum for a long time.” We don’t know their culture. – Chris Dodd
Why are they ethnocentrists? Because no one said anything like, “They hate us for reasons of their own. They hate us for reasons arising from their core values.” No, instead they assume that their hatred for us is entirely our fault and our responsibility. It never enters their mind that Muslims might be free agents who act on their own initiative, and not just as passive reactors to American actions.