Glenn Greenwald identifies a bit of especially crazy chutzpah

Greenwald wrote:

One prominent strain shaping American reaction to the protests in the Muslim world is bafflement, and even anger, that those Muslims are not more grateful to the US. After all, goes this thinking, the US bestowed them with the gifts of freedom and democracy – the very rights they are now exercising — so how could they possibly be anything other than thankful? Under this worldview, it is especially confounding that the US, their savior and freedom-provider, would be the target of their rage.

Greenwald continued with:

Given the history of the US in Egypt, both long-term and very recent, it takes an extraordinary degree of self-delusion and propaganda to depict Egyptian anger toward the US as “ironic” on the ground that it was the US who freed them and “allowed” them the right to protest. But that is precisely the theme being propagated by most US media outlets.

Americans today live in an irrational age and country. Reasonable debate over the issues which trouble us is all but impossible. Enlightenment on crucial matters requires a rejection of common sense and the status quo. “The whole is false.”

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