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PacNet #2 – The Tsunami and U.S.-Muslim Relations

January 12, 2005

The devastating Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami off Sumatra to improve its badly battered reputation in the Islamic world, especially in Southeast Asia. Perhaps the most striking image in this regard was the initial arrivals of helicopter-borne U.S. troops on Indonesian soil, where they were welcomed literally as lifesavers by the fervently Islamic Acehnese. This picture alone shows the power of a genuine disaster and a sincere response to put differences aside.