reply to post by rockymcgilicutty
Sorry was away from the interwebs for a while
I think as long as the US has forces posted in the holiest region of Islam and props up a despotic monarchy responsible for human rights atrocities as
bad as any of the other oil rich countries they've "brought democracy too" you are going to have problems....
- As long as you tell yourself "radical islamists" are evil and thats the sole reason for terrorism whilst ignoring the fact that noone ever thinks of
themselves as the bad guy - they always have a motivation - you are going to have problems....
- Until the US realises that it must bare some of the blame for being targeted it will continue....
Not trying to be glib here myself - but you keep saying 40 years - as if terrorism has only been around 40 years, I'm guessing you count the over
throwing of the US puppet Shah of Iran and the events that followed as the start of terrorism? (that's a perfect example of my above point actually
) the truth is it's been around a lot longer, Americans just didn't care - case in point, Boston was where the IRA got most of their explosives guns
and funding - If it was culturally acceptable for Irish Bostonians to support a known terrorist group responsible for terrorist atrocities up until
very very recently, why is it different for other nations?
The Wests support of Insurgents and dubious states is infact the cause of much of the terrorism we see today. If you don't believe me, maybe you
should consider that Bin Laden was a fully funded ally of the US while he was blowing up Russians, he only became a problem when he turned his sights
on the states.
None of that's not a dig on the US, it's just the clearest way of showing the strange duplicity that exists. One man's terrorist is another mans
If you seriously think the way to deal with terrorism is to topple a bunch of resource rich countries, impose regime change, destroy all the
infrastructure and hand all the rebuilding contracts to western companies before giving the reigns of power to a dictator or a bunch of disparate
warlords all the while assassinating known threats via rockets and bombs with no concern for those caught in the blast zone - that's fine, I just
don't personally think that is the way forward given all the evidence.
Iraq is all but in civil war as we speak, Libya is ruined and Afghanistan is unchanged - and we're still propping up the military dictatorship of
Pakistan like we were doing all throughout the cold war - these are the places where terrorists come from, but of course it's simply because they're
evil, not because they've witnessed actual horrors in their own country and have a legitimate grievance....
Terrorism is never the right answer, but in the face of some of the things that the West has always done in the region it's not all that surprising.
edit on 25-4-2013 by MaxSteiner because: breaking down a wall of text