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General News    H2'ed 9/16/11

That Islamophobic FBI Training Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg | PNAC Is Back!!

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Islamophobia-beat reporter, Tim Murphy, has detailed on this site how Rep. Allen West (R-Fla) is championing a skewed, conspiratorial vision of Islam to convince Americans that we're under attack. I've written about the meager cultural training offered to service members and contractors headed for Iraq and Afghanistan. The materials would be humorous if they weren't so disturbing: In them Arab men look suspiciously like Lego figures; they're described as 'illogical or irrational,' paranoid, and prone to extremes, 'perhaps due to the harsh, desert environment that Arabs have lived in for thousands of years.' And that's just Iraqi Arabs--just wait 'til you read what they say about those dirty Kurds.

All of which is to say that, 10 years after the US government got really preoccupied with Muslims of all stripes, from Iraqi Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiites to Afghan Pashtuns, Tajiks, Uzbeks...
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OpedNews volunteer from 2005 to 2013.

Amanda Lang was a wonderful member of the Opednews team, and the first volunteer editor, for a good number of years being a senior editor. She passed away summer 2014.

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