Originally posted by tmac100
The best question forever evaded is why we never had to worry about these things before to even use the word.
Because until 9-11, they never successfully directed an attack against the US.
They tried on the World Trade center back in 1993 and 1996-1998, but maybe you don't consider that terrorism, because it wasn't' successful.
The Ulamma have been calling America "the great Satan" since it began suppressing piracy in the Mediterranean, 150 years before Israel even
People have always hated the US, always will. Somebody posted about China and Russia getting angry at us. China and Russia have never been anything
but business rivals, from the word go.
The fundamental outlook of most of the posters on this thread is, that if someone dislikes us, it must be because of us.
WE must be in the
wrong, and if we change our behavior, maybe they'll leave us alone.
This is the view that OBL must be mad at us for something we've done wrong.
The simple fact is, the enemy may be just as evil, just as wicked, and just as power-mad as you imagine your own leaders to be. Your own leadership
may not be the only violent, greedy leaders the world has right now.
But then, the liberal spirit has always had difficulty acknowledging the reality of human evil. It's an attitude that assumes America must be at the
heart of every problem; that if Kim Jung Il or Saddam or Iran is threatening their neighbors, then it must somehow be America's fault.
This is the same attitude that blames America for 9-11; either past policies, or some kind of conspiracy, must be the root. Such an attitude is
essentially egocentric, because it imagines America as the center of the political universe, the original cause from which all else flows.
OBL was dreaming of a new Calipha decades before the CIA ever funded him, or the Russians gave him an oppressed people to manipulate. And Kim Jung
was raised from infancy, and trained by his Chinese handlers, to extort money and power from the South, Japan, and the world in General.