Earthquake Relief Can Win Allies in the Muslim World

The Asian Wall Street Journal , October 11, 2005

The massive earthquake that rocked Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India on October 8, 2005, is a great human tragedy. But it also represents an opportunity for the U.S. to improve its image among ordinary Muslims in these countries, in the same way that American assistance to Indonesia after last December’s tsunami led to a sea of change in public attitudes in that country.

Husain Haqqani ¬†writes that by providing direct and visible assistance to the earthquake victims, the U.S. can bypass the ruling elites of the Muslim world that often control, manage and calibrate Americans’ understanding of the Muslims and influence the Muslim peoples’ understanding of America.

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