A relevant topic to the legacy of Dan Terry is the United States’ relationship with the Middle East. In our country, people of the Middle East are often portrayed as radicals, anti-american, anti-democracy, and violent. They are viewed as wanting to hurt America, and do not make friends or allies with the West. The Middle East has taken the place of the former Soviet Union as the biggest threat to democracy (although with the advent of the Arab Spring this view could be shifting).
Clearly, these perceptions are not true, as evidenced in the work and life of Dan Terry. The work he did not only goes against most pre-concieved notions Americans have about the “enemy” but his work is an important piece in the journey to break down the barriers that continue the conflict.
Another way to understand the conflict is to understand how these two sides have come to the present situation. A great documentary by BBC called “The Power of Nightmares” looks at the timeline of the rise in fundamentalism that has set up this struggle of America vs. The Middle East. The Wikipedia page for the film is a great resource for the overall themes of the film, and provides great links to other resources that analyze the conflict. It is extremely insightful, and is important because it gives us one view/reason that can help us understand why we even view the Middle East as our supposed “enemies.” It is available on Amazon.