Unformatted text preview: learned this: When I say something, I mean it. And the credibility of the United States is incredibly important for keeping world peace and freedom. George W. Bush 2 We believe that or battle against the Americans is much simpler than the war against the Soviet Union…the Americans are a paper tiger. Osama Bin Laden 3 Islamic fundamentalist groups consistently portray the United States as a feckless, effete, cowardly “paper tiger,” a state unwilling to use force to defend its interests. Some are said to joke that when attacked, Americans sue – they send lawyers, not soldiers. 4 Some scholars have suggested that this perception of Western cowardice may have emboldened Al Qaeda, even helping to explain why its attacks on the U nited States have increased in number and intensity since the foundation of the organization . 5 September 11 th may even have been prevented, so this logic goes, if Washington had responded to previous attacks with a more determined show of force. Did a lack of American “credibility” lead Al...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at Berkeley.
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