Entries from Daoud Kuttab at PostGlobal tagged with 'America'
Richard Gere came to visit the Middle East a few years ago and attracted more attention than most politicians. He was also careful to say that he was coming to listen, rather than to make statements. Mr. Gere listened to everyone, from Hamas supporters to Jewish settlers, and in turn all sides flocked to see him.
For a long time, most people around the world had two contradictory views about the U.S.: they liked America's people and values, but had serious problems with U.S. foreign policy. Then came 9/11 and the Iraq war, tensions grew, but people could still differentiate public from policy. Until the American people reelected Bush.
The situation in Iraq will eventually be resolved by Iraqis, but the presence of Americans will delay any serious attempts at a solution. American occupation remains the strongest argument for armed opposition, as well as the first excuse why other countries in the region don't help Iraq out.