America's Information War on Terrorism: Winning Hearts and Minds in the Muslim World
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper examines Americas struggle to win hearts and minds in the Muslim World. The U.S. may win the military fight on terrorism but thus far is losing the public opinion fight in Muslim countries. Although the U.S. may be able to eradicate many of todays terrorists, many in fact welcome the chance to die for their cause, and there are thousands ready to fill the ranks of the fallen. The US must find a way to build bridges to Muslims while simultaneously discrediting and then isolating bin Laden or his successor and other Islamic terrorist organizations from the Muslim masses. Americas most daunting and important fight is the information war in the Muslim World. If we fail in the struggle to win the hearts and minds there, well be locked into an interminable struggle of strike and counterstrike while American civilian casualties mount and U.S. domestic life is changed forever. This paper describes a proposed overarching strategic information campaign to restore favorable perceptions of the U.S. in the Muslim World.
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