Since last year's attacks on New York and Washington, the conventional wisdom about the motivation behind such deadly terrorism has gelled. The violence, we are often told, was a reaction to misguided U.S. policies. So says Barry Rubin, Director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center in a r<a href="http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20021101faessay9993/barry-rubin/the-real-roots-of-arab-anti-americanism.html">ecent article for Foreign Affairs.</a> This explanation, he feels, completely ignores a large amount of evidence to the contrary. To lend credence to his assessment, he points out several largely undiscussed facts that generally lay ignored by critics of American policy in the region. One of the traditional arguments is that the United States, down the line, has proven itself to be 'anti-Muslim,' when in fact, he claims, it is not. He cites the U.S. imposed cease-fire between a victorious Israel and a defeated Egypt in 1973, lack of U.S. support for a joint Israeli/British/French plan to overthrow Nasser in 1956, U.S. support for Yasser Arafat in Beiruit in 1982, and American support for the mujihadeen in Afghanistan against the invading Soviets, among other things, as evidence that the United States has sided with Muslims many times in the past. I urge everyone to read it.