posted on Feb, 13 2013 @ 06:58 AM
I grew up in a right-wing middle class environment in the US and was easily led to believe that Islamic countries were hateful and needed to be
quelled. I spent a career in the military, and in that environment the feeling was even stronger. I can remember times when hatred for middle
eastern countries was very intense, for example Iranian students protesting at my university when our embassy employees were being held hostage, 9/11
obviously, gulf war, etc.
What society didn't tell us though, were events like Operation Ajax, implemented by the CIA under Eisenhower, to overthrow Iran's prime minister
Mosaddegh and install Pahlavi (Shah). Mosaddegh was democratically elected and the Shah was a totalitarian monarch. The entire reason was that
Mosaddegh wanted to nationalize oil in Iran because all of the benfits from their natural resources were going overseas to US and British oil
companies. What they ended up with was a cruel tyrant who pretty much terrorized the country until his ouster. There are a multitude of other
reasons in the middle east of why they might not like the US and frankly, I don't blame them.
There are other countries that have huge Islamic populations that don't bother us one bit. Indonesia (despite CIA Operation HAIK), Mindanao in the
Philippines, etc. Ironically, of the 19 hijackers identified from the 9/11 incident, none were from Afghanistan or Iraq. 15 were from Saudi Arabia,
and one was from Egypt. Yet we continue to give military assistance to Saudi and Egypt and, at least in Saudi Arabia, we have supported an oppressive
Hatred for Muslims is just another tool to support the never-ending wars that keep our military machine running and support our banking system.
Pretty much what the OP said. I'll get off my soapbox now.