Originally Posted by Direckshun
Virtually none of them have even seen the video. But when some asshole on a radio has just told you a country you already absolutely despise has done something you absolutely hate, you don't feel the need to wait around for verification.
But that's a fair point. The thing is, however, is that nearly all of the terrorists and attempted terrorists aren't citing our freedoms when they attack us. They cite our policies, most notably our drone programs. Even Osama Bin Laden himself said our policies were what drove his marketing of Al Qaeda.
It's good psychological warfare to point to drone strikes or interrogation techniques as a motivator rather than hatred of all infidels for their way of life. The former is a message that divides and weakens Americans and potentially gets useful policies reversed while the latter would unify us. Do you think al Qaeda are too dumb to figure this out?
"Well, it is one thing for Bill Clinton to say, I feel your pain. It is another thing for Barack Obama to say I feel your pain that I have caused." - George Will