By David Satter, originally published on www.forbes.com
The decision by President Obama to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and
open a dialogue with the Muslim world is unlikely to achieve its principal
objective, which is to undermine the appeal of al-Qaida.
The reason for this is that attacks like Sept. 11, 2001, spring from deep
spiritual causes and are not the result of American political behavior.
In his interview with the Arabic television station, al Arabiya, Obama missed
the moral dimension of the struggle with terrorism completely. He said that the
U.S. has "not been perfect" in its dealings with the Arab world (who has?) and
all too often started off by dictating...
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David Satter, a senior fellow with Hudson Institute
and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the author of Darkness at
Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State (Yale).
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