Great interview with Glenn Greenwald on The Mike Church ShowSubmitted by jaycepe on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 13:33
Mike: I enjoyed your last bit on Bill Maher. I couldn’t tell because I wasn’t there, but it appeared as though you took Maher a little bit by surprise by telling him: You know, Bill, if we weren’t going around the world and doing all the things we’re doing, maybe people wouldn’t be so angry at us. You posted a column yesterday about this barbaric murder on the streets of London and how it’s being classified as an act of terror. In your column you said: Wait a minute, if that’s an act of terror, what is it that the United States and UK do around the world? What do you call that? Illuminate the audience on your last piece, please.
Glenn Greenwald: Sure. Whenever there’s an attempted attack or a successful attack on the United States or Western countries that are allies, like Britain, as happened in Boston a few weeks ago and then two days ago in London, there’s this immediate sense of not just outrage, which is understandable, because when you see violence, it’s natural to be outraged, but also kind of shocked and surprised and bewilderment, like how can anybody be so monstrous as to do something like this? There’s even a kind of subtext to it that’s been going on for more than a decade, which is why would anybody possibly want to come to the United States or the streets of London and kill people?
It’s a really important question to ask and the answer is almost always obscured. The answer that’s usually given is these are people who hate us for our freedoms or they’re Islamic extremists. The reality is that there are huge numbers of countries around the world that are entirely free -- Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Peru, Sweden -- where no attacks ever take place. The question is why do they want to attack the United States as much as they do or countries like the UK? All you have to do to answer that is listen to what virtually every person who perpetrates violence against the United States and the UK says, which is: We are doing this because you spent decades killing innocent Muslim children and women and men, dominating our countries, occupying and invading and bombing us, propping up our dictators, and we feel this is necessary not just to avenge on that aggression but to get you to stop doing it. We need to ask ourselves what role we play in the kind of violence that we like to denounce when we’re the targets but not so much when we perpetrate it.