Sarah, you can't have it both ways. It's either "individual responsibility" meaning that we only punish those who commit the crimes, or collective guilt, so you can punish Americans for the wrongs to which they have no connection.
All end-of-year lookbacks at the major stories, scandals, dramas and traumas contain one shared ingredient, one bizarre commonality built straight into their media DNA: How insanely fast we forget all about them.
As 2010 comes to a close, it's clear that this year offered few favors for the American Muslim identity or reputation. Indeed, Pew reports that Muslims in America had a higher approval rating after 9/11 than in 2010.
Nearly 6-in-10 Americans affirm American exceptionalism that God has granted America a special role in human history. Those affirming this view are more likely to support military interventions and to say torture is sometimes justified.