Doha: 9/11 has scarred every American's heart and made tolerance and dialogue more difficult in the US, says the famous American TV personality and CBS News anchor Dan Rather.
Rather created ripples in his home country by interviewing former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein a little before his fall in early 2003. The interview irked President George Bush no end.
Despite 9/11, most Americans judge people as individuals and they understand that very few Arabs are terrorists, Rather said in brief remarks to this newspaper on Thursday.
Rather was here to attend and present a paper at the 6th Doha Forum on Democracy Development and Free Trade that concluded last weekend.
Terrorists know no borders and this is evident from the fact that the man convicted for Oklahoma bombings (in the US) was an American.
The Doha Forum, according to Rather, was a great learning experience. "I am here on my own…This is a very important conference for people in this region."
When told that several prominent pro-democracy and human rights campaigners from across the Arab world were here to attend the forum, he said: "I am trying to circulate as much as I can".
"I am taking a lot of notes," he said. Rather is no more the anchor of CBS 'Evening News' and is now doing another popular weekly programme '60-Minutes' for the same network.