|Thanks for your reply, AV.|
There was a friendly attitude toward Islam in certain media right after 9/11; universities and secondary schools began opening Islamic studies; the Koran became fashionable reading among many non-Islamics in America and Koran and Islam websites received large numbers of hits to quite a depth.
As you know, America has her share of sympathizers for those we were at war with, just like when there were supporters of the Viet Cong when I was growing up.
Some of them are naive idealists, some are cynics, some are pacifists, some are fifth columnists. The hippie generation has been in full flower for the last 20 years. They are spoiled: removed from appreciating the cost that was spent for them by the blood of young WW2 soldiers. Those never saw the TV game shows, the interstate highways, the sprawling wealth of suburbia, the growth in leisure technology that they secured for us. No, they rest on foreign hills in graves. But, my generation values our freedoms as cheaply as if they came for nothing. They won't sacrifice to keep any of them. We believe we can negotiate our way out of a real fight; but love to watch justice meted out by our movie, TV, and comic book heroes.
This is the America in which 9/11 came. Oh, there was plenty of opportunity for Muslim leadership to have made their voice heard. The advertising business of modern America is open to anyone. Just like the media, they love what sells. Muslim denouncements of the attack(s) would be great copy.
Therefore, a easily workable strategy would have included buying air time; issuing press releases; taking out large newspaper ads; renting billboards along city highways.
Even Al Jazeera (sp?) television would have been open to the concerted efforts of important Mullahs abroad. Muslims are not stupid nor uninformed about the matters I have spoken of.
My view is that they lack the will. They see America as wicked and decadent: ripe and deserving of conquest; to be ruled by an enforced Islamic morality. America's great resources need to be in the hands of the truly deserving, themselves.
This is my impression of the general Muslim POV developed over the last 5 years. Where am I wrong?