A sad indictment on American society is revealed:
As the war in Iraq grinds into its fourth year, a growing proportion of Americans are expressing unfavourable views of Islam, and a majority now say that Muslims are disproportionately prone to violence, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The poll found that nearly half of Americans – 46 percent – have a negative view of Islam, seven percentage points higher than in the tense months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, when Muslims were often targeted for violence.
There are some, post 9/11, who have tried to understand, challenge and soothe, while others, sensing a chance to be needlessly provocative, have raised the temperature and used demonisation as a weapon. We all know what to lay the blame.