Magazine article The Spectator

US and Them

Magazine article The Spectator

US and Them

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Sir: David Selbourne seems to suffer from tunnel vision in his analysis of failing US imperial ambitions ('No more Pax Americana', 14 April). He seems to believe that Islamism is its undoing and makes no mention of nationalism -- a far more potent force.

American imperialism is being resisted in Latin America as well as in the Middle East, and the common thread is nationalism, not Islamism. Paranoia about Islam is as widespread throughout the West as it once was about communism, but viewing either of these phenomena as monolithic is much too simplistic. The vast majority of Muslims around the world are concerned with local problems and have no interest in coercively spreading Islam. It is only the depredations of countries like the US, UK and Israel that have given some temporary succour to a small minority of Islamic extremists. If we began to treat Muslim nations with respect instead of as economic prey (or worse), the Islamic threat would rapidly disappear. …

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