posted on Feb, 2 2005 @ 10:25 AM
Originally posted by Herman
We always concluded that it was because they were jealous haha. Anyway, I remember our country being called a bully long before the events
Yes, we weren't exactly loved before 9-11.
One gets a much more clear perspective on things when one travels to foreign lands and connects with its peoples.
Before the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, the Iraqi people looked at the USA more favorably than not. Then came the war and years of grinding sanctions that
hurt and killed vast numbers of innocent people. Most of them were children. Altho Saddam was the target, it was his people, namely the Shi'ites who
suffered. Then came our invasion and occupation which made things much, much more difficult for the majority of Iraqis. Suffering breeds anger and
hatred. Because of OUR idiotic policies, We
turned a mostly friendly population into one that despises us.
The people of Saudi probably didn't hate us so much until we planted ourselves firmly upon their soil and stayed there after the Gulf War. They
viewed us as infidels. They tolerated our presence during that time out of fear of Saddam. When we didn't leave, they saw it as blaspheming their
land of the holy sites.
These people don't hate our freedoms.. they hate our presence. They hate the impression of our values
upon their cultures. How can we begrudge
them of that? It's no different from Jewish parents, or native American Indian parents wanting their children to marry within their own race and to
keep their ancient customs. They see those things dying out. Arabs are no different. Their culture, just as ancient, are just as worthy. In that vein,
I can understand them wanting to tell Dubya to shove his Wal Mart McWay of life up his brush clearing butt.
Well let's see. I'm in school, and we've NEVER had a "terrorist" drill.
You're too young to remember.. back during the cold war, those silly drills were routine and everyone had some amount of fear regarding nuclear
annhilation. It was something, post ww2, we were all conditioned for.