Words of Terror
My reactions are 1) it is wrong to try to generalize any traits over such a large group of individuals; 2) even if he can, and what he is claiming is true, I am having a hard time believing that mere well intentions are the reason for this on again, off again concern.
I wanted to supply him with examples to support what I wanted to say, until I came across this article and thought 'search no more'.
I also thought 'what the bloody hell?!!!":
To sit and listen to people who have spent the last three years piously lecturing us on the need to stand with "the Iraqi people," who justified our invasion of that country on the ground that we want to give them a better system of government because we must make Muslims like us more, now insist that what we need to do is bomb them with greater force and less precision is really rather vile -- but highly instructive. The masks are coming off. No more poetic tributes to democracy or all that sentimental whining about "hearts and minds." It's time to shed our unwarranted white guilt, really stretch our legs and let our hair down, and just keep bombing and bombing until we kill enough of them and win. Shelby Steele [WSJ writer] deserves some sort of award for triggering that refreshingly honest outburst.