Drone War Exposes Our Racism
Glenn Greenwald thinks Islamophobia is powering the War on Terror
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 25, 2013 1:29 PM CDT
Anwar al-Awlaki was, legally speaking, every bit as American as Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/SITE Intelligence Group, Dile)

(Newser) – A poll out this morning shows that a majority of Americans believe the US shouldn't assassinate its own citizens abroad (41% favor the killings, with 52% opposed), which is a little weird, points out Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian, because when the US actually killed citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, it was considered a big political win for President Obama. What happened? Well, it's possible Americans oppose the killings in the abstract, but not in Awlaki's case, given his infamy. But Greenwald doubts it.

He thinks that for many, the term "Americans" means "their nice neighbors down the street, and anyone else who looks like them," not "people with foreign and Muslim-ish names like 'Anwar al-Awlaki.'" This "decade-long Othering of Muslims" has long driven War on Terror politics. "Does anyone doubt that if Obama's bombs were killing nice white British teenagers or smiling blond Swiss infants—rather than unnamed Yemenis, Pakistanis, Afghans, and Somalis—that the reaction to this sustained killing would be drastically different?" Click to read Greenwald's full column.

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trailmix
Mar 26, 2013 9:18 AM CDT
Is a drone really any different than a Suicide bomber? Both are guided to the location of the explosion. How many innocent people are killed by suicide bombers? It's an unfortunate part of war. Sorry, but if your a U.S. citizen and you declare war on the United States, your the enemy, with a bigger target on your head.
jgarbuz
Mar 25, 2013 10:42 PM CDT
Islamophobia is fueled by jihad. When I lived in Israel, in Beersheba, in the 1980s, I didn't think much nor know much about Arabs or Islam one way or the other. Seemed like nice people for the most part. Then came the first intifada. Then came Oslo, and then came the famous handshake, that we thought would solve the Israel-Arab conflict, and then came the bombings from Hamas. And then came Osama bin Laden. That's when I began to read more about Islam. Then came the suicide bombers and the glorification of martyrdom. And then came 9/11. Some will say that jihad is the result of "planting Israel" in the Middle East and uninvited western influence in the Muslim world. Others will say that jihad began with the Arab conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries which Arabized and Islamized the Middle East. It's a chicken and egg question. But I don't think it has anything to do with racism. It is indeed a "clash of civilizations."
Joe_American
Mar 25, 2013 10:17 PM CDT
There are good and bad people everywhere. Muhammad Ali, the most famous boxer in the world is looked upon positively in the United States. No normal American has a problem with Muhammed Ali. Awlaki was a terrorist. Awlaki was opposed to U.S. foreign policy. Opposition to U.S. foreign policy is to a large extent forbidden in the United States. Even Charlie Chaplin was tolerated in the United States to an extent. The odd views of Charlie Chaplin got him exiled. Charlie Chaplin was a British citizen. Chaplin was an Anglo Saxon. Yet, Charlie was a closet Communist. J. Edgar Hoover knew this and gave Charlie the boot. God bless Hoover. If Hoover didn't give Chaplin the boot America would have become a communist state. America is a great place. Few Americans know the real value of the United States. XBOX, Play station, Sports, and other hobbies prevent the regular Joe from examining the greatness of America. America is truly the best. I have traveled through Asia, the Americas and Europe and let me tell you, America is the best, forget about the rest. God bless America. God bless President Obama. Jesus loves America. AMEN.