Chris Matthews: Other side isn’t evil

Hold on to your jaw – it will likely drop after reading this one:

Four years after 9/11 and the “crazy zeitgeist” that permeated the United States, most Americans have still not learned to know their enemies instead of just hating them, U.S. political journalist Chris Matthews says.

In a speech to political science students at the University of Toronto yesterday, the host of the CNBC current affairs show Hardball had plenty of harsh words for U.S. President George W. Bush, as well as the political climate that has characterized his country for the past few years.

“The period between 9/11 and Iraq was not a good time for America. There wasn’t a robust discussion of what we were doing,” Matthews said.

“If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we’ve given up. The person on the other side is not evil — they just have a different perspective.”

I want to see the full text of this speech just to make sure the Sun didn’t take it out of context. I just don’t want to believe Chris Matthews would actually believe something like this.

Hat tip: Jason at Generation Why?

Michelle Malkin provides the proper perspective.

Update: Blackfive has read the whole piece and says that nothing was taken out of context.

Shame on you, Chris Matthews.

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