Trump Feeds Into Age-Old West Vs. Islam

Donald Trump’s call for a “total and complete shutdown” of US borders to Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack will inevitably be seen by Muslim extremists as confirmation that the cosmic war between believers and infidels is truly underway – and may convince others that the militants are right. It also fits into a clear historic pattern of western perceptions of Islam and Muslims. Muslims have gone through cycles of being seen in the west as romantic heroes or devious villains. Witness Delacroix‘s “Exercices militaire des Marocains,” 1832, (pictured).

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