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Experts: U.S. Needs Int'l Image Makeover

The United States is less vulnerable to terrorism today because of heightened vigilance but must improve its international relations in order to starve terrorist groups of new recruits, experts said Wednesday. Scholars on terrorism and al-Qaida told the independent commission studying the Sept. 11 attacks that the United States badly needs an image makeover in the eyes of the world. “Although we are winning the war against the organization called al-Qaida, we seem to be losing the cultural war,” said Mamoun Fandy, senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Fandy said leaders of other countries, particularly in the Middle East, should be expected to express public gratitude for U.S. help. “Somehow we tolerate Arab leaders telling us something in private rooms and then dealing with their public the way they want to,” he said. Full Story

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