Originally Posted by Direckshun
Honestly, then, you need to take a hard look then at how you view the Muslim world's complete disapproval of America.
In the off chance that any of you, or any of the people reading this thread that agree with you, genuinely believed that the Middle East hates us because of free speech, freedom of religion, we're infidels, we're free, we let women drive etc. etc...
The reason the Muslim world hates us is driven by our policies in the Middle East. That's why they hate us. If any of you genuinely knew this already, my apologies -- I just hear a casual dismissal of that hate as "it's just Muslims being Muslims" as if being Muslim came with a built-in disdain of America.
Some of those policies are defensible, such as our support of Israel.
But a lot of it comes from policy that literally rains death from above.
Your theory is destroyed by recent, high profile calls from the Muslim world for the West to curb free speech rights in favor of sensitivity to Islamic blasphemy concerns.