What did we do to make Muslims hate us?Submitted by sdaniels on Wed, 09/14/2011 - 11:32
There was a time I had a libertarian bumper sticker on my car. I love Ron’s economics, but do not understand his foreign policy specific to the Middle East. I’m new to this site, and looking for answers to a question that is a sticking point for my full support of Dr. Ron Paul. I’m a middle aged American male, college educated and intensely interested in economics and World peace.
Prior to 9/11, what did we do there that was so bad, partially in comparison to what ‘they’ do to each other? Muslim on Muslim violence is prolific, witness Sadams invasion of Kuwait. We lend support to the Saudis, some of the purest of the Muslims. We have made them very wealthy by buying their oil, and at fair market prices. We gave untold billions in aid to the Palestinians and others, and that the likes of Arafat embezzled much of it is not our fault, even though he blamed us. We have not supported Iran since the Shah was removed, but given their belligerence toward us, our relative calm is hardly inflammatory. We supported the Afghans against the Soviets, and that we left too soon is a shame, but at least we left them free from the Soviets. This is an incomplete review, I make no claim to be an expert, and am politely asking.
Other reasons that so many residents of the Middle East hate ‘us’, and attacked us on September 11, is a hatred of Western culture – note they attack Australia, Brittan, France, some Asian nations, the Spanish, the Dutch, and probably some more. In most of the Middle East Christians are persecuted second after the Jews, even if they are ‘local’, fully indigenous people, who just happen to be Christian. Certainly we cannot help being who we are, and if they hate us for our culture, it is they who are wrong.
They also may hate us because we support Israel. Jews have lived in the region longer than Christians, and both have been there longer than Muslims. You can verify that fact on your own. To say Israel has no right to occupy land in the region is ignorant and ridiculous on its face, and has no place in an intelligent discussion.Muslim fanatics may assert Israel has no right to exist, but we are better educated.
So, given what I see as a relatively benign history in the region, how can Dr. Ron Paul blame our history there for 9/11/01? What am I missing? It is not like we nuked them as we did to Japan, or soundly and thoroughly kicked their tails as we did to Germany, or even humiliated the entire conglomerate, as we did to the former Soviet Union.