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Old 10-02-2012, 10:16 AM   #129
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Originally Posted by Direckshun View Post
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.
You just slipped by the major reason America is hated by the Muslim community as 'reasonable'.

They hate us because of our support of Israel - period. They didn't hate us before we were open military allies for Israel, hated us almost immediately once we were.

That's it. If we roll back every other policy that they find offensive but continue an open and militarily backed support of Israel, the Muslim community will continue to hate the United States.

But for the record, I also find the premise of the article pretty believable. In the end though, I just can't bring myself to care. We have to protect ourselves and the governments of these 'wronged' nations aren't doing anything to help us in that regard. In fact, in many instances they encourage things that are disruptive to our security. As a consequence, we need to protect ourselves at the lowest risk to American lives possible. The drones, right this minute, are that solution.

The only real alternative to the drones or assistance from the opposing governments is to withdraw support of Israel and eventually I think the middle-east will simply cease to care about the US (to the degree necessary for large-scale terrorist action, anyway). I don't see how we can morally take that step, though.
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