I always saw Pakistan as an unfortunate situation where brother was pitted against brother (with India).

Today it’s likely changed for the majority of Americans, true.

But I had all favorable dealings with people who were from Pakistan and of course from India as well here in the USA, so I never had an unfavorable opinion of Pakistan generally.

I always saw Pakistan as an unfortunate situation where brother was pitted against brother (with India).

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But my mother (who is American, very white and very Scottish looking) was married to an Egyptian man in the early 1980s for a few years when I was 12-14 yrs old. My last name almost became Bekheet.

30 years later, she still uses Bekheet.

So, I had exposure to other cultures at a young age and I don’t think the stereotypes ever formed for me. I look at this map and it surprises me that people actually believe the world is like this.

You make a good point about the US and Pakistan being friendly prior to 2001. I judge the middle east based upon how it was prior to 2001, not after 2001, which to me is a strange anomaly on the world stage that will eventually correct itself… hopefully, and some kind of status quo returns.

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