a reply to: Mianeye
I think it's reasonable to remember at all times, that the situation with the extremism we see from the Middle East and specifically the issue of
Muslim extremists, is not a product of the culture itself, but a product of external influences on that culture, over many generations now.
The people of the Middle East have been used a proxy by every major power in the west, and by the Russians, while catching heat from every direction.
Afghanistan in the fifties and sixties, for example, was a forward thinking, open society. Women went about dressed as they might on any street in any
major city in Europe, mini skirts, hair blowing in the wind. Architecture was advancing and modern, beautiful water gardens had been laid, and the
lives of ordinary people were not just improving, but good.
The Russian invasion there, and the subsequent recruitment and training of locals by the CIA as well as its international partners in the Five Eyes
intelligence community, is what lead rise to the situation we see there now, where much is in ruins and all is tribalism and madness, or at least has
Scars like this do not heal if they are constantly reopend, but they have been. The same flawed tactics that turned around on western powers before,
have been repeated ad infinitum since then, with virtually no alternative ever being considered, let alone enacted. We are literally in the situation
now, where our foreign policy on the covert side, has necessitated remedial measures on the overt side. We literally go to war with people who would
not be where they are in life, if it were not for western meddling in their affairs.
People often seem to simplify these matters beyond the point where the conclusions take into account the realities. It is a complex matter, involving
decades of short changing, backstabbing, and puppetry, and those who have suffered most as a result are conveniently kept out of sight, so that all we
see from here is an enemy, when all there really are is people our tax money helped to break, being broken and having no escape from the mess we
helped make, and have never tried to actually atone for.