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Blowback: America's Most Insidious Export

It used to be that America’s best known exports around the globe were cool cars, rock and roll, and movies. Many citizens around the world have been drawn to American culture, and for those Americans that travel abroad there are always constant reminders of home, whether it’s hearing “Beat It” blasting from a storefront or stumbling upon a dubbed-over episode of “Seinfeld” in your hotel.

But those who actually live overseas are getting a lot more from America than the hip music and classic sitcoms.

The recent attack against civilians in Nairobi’s Westgate mall by Somalia’s Al-Shabab militia is covered by most media in traditional fashion: as a senseless, barbaric attack with no logical cause whatsoever. From USA Today, “Nairobi Mall Attack Strikes Against All of Us”:

As on 9/11, terrorists are waging a war on our modern, democratic way of life. Today, we are all Kenyans.

It’s the post-9/11 nightmare that Americans have been half expecting: al-Qaeda gunmen attack a shopping mall, take hostages, leave behind carnage and a sickening repeat question: “Why us?”

It’s a valid question. Why “us”? Why “them”?

People always have motivations for their actions, regardless of how horrific those actions may be.

In the case of the Nairobi attack, this was a direct response to the Kenyan government sending troops to Somalia in order to wage war against the militant group Al-Shabab. As with 9/11 in the U.S., Kenya’s foreign intervention has resulted in blowback upon its citizens. They are the dual victims of extraction of their wealth by the Kenyan government, and now the direct victims of attacks resulting from how that money was appropriated.

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They hate us cause we're free!

Lol I posted a sarcastic

Lol I posted a sarcastic comment like that on an Arab Tech House youtube video and some kid from the Middle East replied "That is the first time I have heard that." I guess kids in the ME dont watch FOX...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.


It probably never occurs to us that...it never occurs to them to think anyone "hates us because we're free"

*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

I found the actual comments

I found the actual comments lol:

Yeah but we need that excuse to bomb the Middle East and not feel bad about it. Everyone knows that Muslims hate us for our freedoms so we need to go to war with them to protect our freedoms even though by going to war we need to give up most of the freedoms we are trying to protect. It all makes perfect sense and keeps gas under $4.00 a gallon.

actually this is the first i heard that somebody say we hate u for ur freedom.. lol...

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.