Posted 15 August 2006 - 10:17 AM
Damn, Erik, did you get a special brainwashing session in Washington, or what? Have you ever stopped to take a look at the cause of terrorist attacks against "western" nations? The only reason that radical Islamists are pissed off at America and our allies is that we keep meddling in Middle Eastern affairs. The reason America has been targeted by Islamic terrorists is that we supported the Israelis in their war against the Palestinians. We did not have a dog in that fight, yet we still threw our support behind the underdogs anyway. So, now there is a Jewish population right smack dab in the middle of of a huge Arab, and mostly Muslim, population that has the support of America. So, not only do attacks continue against Israel, but America is subject to attacks because we are a supply line to Israel.Next, we got involved when Iran and Iraq got in a fight, which came back to bite us in the *** in the form of the Iran Contra scandal AND the fact that both of the regimes that took power in those countries after the war hated America.Then, Iraq invades Kuwait, and the US decides that our role as World Police must be implemented again. This time, we failed to topple Saddam.Now, all this **** combines together to create a very large anti-American sentiment amongst radical Islamists. One of them finally has the means, money, power, and balls to orchestrate an attack on American soil. Do we stop to take a look at what the root cause of this anti-American sentiment is, and attack that problem? Hell no. We just do more of the same, and invade Afganistan because they have an oppresive fundamental Islamic regime and Osama set up shop in the uncontrolled wasteland that makes up the majority of that country. Not only that, Bush decides that this is the perfect time to fabricate and pitch his case for going to war with Iraq and Saddam. So, our imperialism and World Police mentality has led to an attack on American soil, and we have tried to solve that problem by invading two more sovereign nations in the Middle East. Not the least bit surprisingly, the radical Islamic terrorist movement has had no shortage of new recruits because a new generation is growing up under American imperialism.Blueodem made a great point earlier. Iraq was a secular nation, and the only thing that kept fundamentalists from taking it over was an oppressive dictator. In comes America to remove that dictator, and all of a sudden, there is more terrorists than ever in Iraq. Saddam isn't there to keep them under control, and the new government is a puppet of their sworn enemies in America. Hmmm...didn't see that comin'.Americans, and especially the American government, needs to realize that spreading democracy and the overthrow of oppressive governments in the Middle East is none of our ****ing business. It's like a hive of honey bees over there. If you leave them alone, they will go about their business and their society will exist peacefully. However, if you go in there, try to steal their honey by force, or just whack the hive with a stick, they are going to get pissed, sting you, and/or follow you until you are no longer a threat.Get out of Middle Eastern affairs, and stay out of them, and terrorism will become a thing of the past.