Modernity requires the willingness to be offended. And as anti-American violence across the Middle East and beyond shows, that willingness is something the Arab world, the heartland of Islam, still lacks.
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The piece has some historical background potentially informative to those uninformed of world history. His strangely exalted view of the intentions of George W tend to sully his credibility. The article does not reflect any of the degree to which the predisposition to taking offense is a common aspect of many societies and strongest among the least informed and most associated with authoritarian religious sects that focus on an avenging god above concern for their fellow humans.