“DO AMERICANS HATE ARABS?” Is (a paraphrase of) a question asked by one of Steven Den Beste’s readers, an Arab-American himself, working in Syria. Den Beste replies:
For most of us, that is exactly what we like about ourselves as a nation and a people. It is that diversity, and that tolerance of diversity, which makes America different from any other nation. It is that diversity, and that tolerance of diversity, which we value in ourselves. It’s what we call “the melting pot”.
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The Arabs who think America hates Arabs should consider what their own governments would do to Israel if they had one thousandth of the nuclear arsenal that the US has, and then compare that to what the US has actually done. Do our actions really make sense as an expression of hatred, given what else we could have done instead?