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Bush Letter Cites 'Crusade' Against Terrorism

Years after President Bush set off alarm bells in the Muslim world by referring to his war against terrorism as a “crusade,” the word that Arabs equate with Christian brutality has resurfaced in a Bush campaign fund-raising letter, officials acknowledged on Sunday. The March 3 letter, which Bush-Cheney Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot sent to new campaign charter members in Florida, lauded the Republican president for “leading a global crusade against terrorism” while citing evidence of Bush’s “strong, steady leadership during difficult times.” However, the word “crusade” recalls a historical trauma for the Muslim world, which was besieged by Christian crusaders from Europe during the Middle Ages. Full Story

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