"People in Muslim countries object to the self-interested, hypocritical, and threatening policies of the US, while at the same time they reject the extremism and violence of al Qaeda. They dislike both the US government and al Qaeda. We are both destructive in their eyes. We have both killed many innocents. We are both sources of hardship, danger, and instability in Muslim societies. If a way forward is to be found, it must begin with a genuine appreciation on the part of US officials of how Muslim citizens view the United States and its actions," - Brian Tamanaha.

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