Monday, August 16, 2010

Don't Give In to Bush Nostalgia

I've been seeing an unhealthy number of people claiming that the country's tolerance towards Islam worsened since the Bush years.

This is, to put it mildly, insane.

During Bush's tenure as President, the country launched two wars against overwhelmingly Muslim nations. The Republican party exploited the public's limited understanding of differences within the Muslim world to draw bogus connections between Al Qaeda and Iraq both for political gain and to enact truly disastrous policies. Andrew Sullivan was writing about whether Democrats were a fifth column. And no one seemed to mind.

The latest nonsense isn't worse, only different. That George Bush managed to saying nice things about religious pluralism doesn't eliminate the rank xenophobia of the mid-Aughts.
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