The challenge of Arab nationalism was among the most troublesome issues with which Western propagandists operating in the post-war Middle East had to deal. The post-war consolidation of an anti-colonial political culture across the Middle East struck directly at the traditional foundations of British influence, heightened Anglo-American tensions and provided Western Cold War strategists with a major policy headache. Interpreting these issues differently, British and American propagandists approached Arab nationalism from divergent positions. The British priority was to erase the taint of colonialism attaching to them and to seek to frame Anglo-Arab relations in terms better suited to the post-war world. American propagandists were not initially confronted by the same knee-jerk anti-colonialism and when it came to the question of Anglo-American relations, US propaganda was frequently characterised by a reluctance to associate openly with the British.
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