The editor of my local newspaper, trying to be helpful perhaps, organized the reports of recent demonstrations in the Middle East under the awkward if telling headline: “Anti-Islam Film Protests.”
Now, you have never met this editor but you know him. In fact, he would be offended to learn that you have stereotyped him. He is a solipsist, someone who holds the epistemological position that anything outside one’s own mind is uncertain, someone under the impression that the world operates pretty much like suburban Hamilton County.
In this case, he assumes that the gangs of fourth-century throwbacks we saw the night our ambassador died are misunderstood children. They don’t hate America, couldn’t hate America. They have had their feelings hurt, that’s all. They are merely acting out, demanding respect, demanding their rights.
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