“Bassam’s English is pretty good. He had no trouble distinguishing between Americans and their government. The former he liked, the latter he did not. It all had to do with Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, these places of abuse and alleged torture. Here his English started to fail him. The degradation of Muslims — not Iraqis, mind you, but Muslims — appalled him. He started to say why, but he could not. I kept my eyes on the road as he fumbled for the right words. “We are Muslims,” he said haltingly. I looked over. He was visibly upset.” – Richard Cohen, in the WaPo, today.


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