Islamophobia, a retrospective

“If propaganda is a weapon of war, Islam is under carpet bombing. Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels described the methods, which define those used today: ‘Concentrating the fire of all the media on one particular point – a single theme, a single enemy, a single idea – the campaign uses this concentration of all media, but progressively…’

“Theme: ‘War on Terror’ Enemy: Muslims. Addressing the 2006 AIPAC ‘Now is the Time to Stop Iran’ Conference, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Daniel Gillerman summarized the Idea: ‘While it may be true – and probably is – that not all Muslims are terrorists, it also happens to be true that nearly all terrorists are Muslim.’ Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami put it another way: ‘the West needs an enemy, and this time it is Islam. And Islamophobia becomes part of all policies of the great powers, of hegemonic powers’.”

Trish Schuh in Counterpunch, 6 May 2006