Propagated by jihadist Web sites, mosque preachers, Arab intellectuals, satellite news stations and books...this narrative posits that America has declared war on Islam, as part of a grand “American-Crusader-Zionist conspiracy” to keep Muslims down.
Friedman argues that despite twenty years of US foreign policy, "largely dedicated to rescuing Muslims or trying to help free them from tyranny", most Arabs and Arab-Americans still cling to The Narrative. Read Friedman's short editorial piece, then skim the 600+ reader comments that follow, particularly those of "Phil in the mountains of Kyushu, Japan" and "Bill Nahay from Austin TX". Ask yourself to assess this writing in a critical manner, as we did in class both with the history textbook reading and the Fox News WMD article. You might respond to the following question: does Friedman propagate a myth in order to obscure his own storytelling?