Just as I predicted, the Muslim world hates the U.S. even more than ever, because of George W. Bush’s so-called war on terror and the invasion of Iraq.
Today’s Sunday Herald has the complete story.
It’s the foreign policy, stupid
Among the gems to be found here: The Pentagon admits the U.S. has lost the war for the hearts and minds of the people of Iraq. The report to Donald Rumsfeld states in part, “American efforts have not only failed, they may also have achieved the opposite of what they intended.”
That’s right. The Middle East hates the U.S. not because of our way of life, but because of the government’s continued interference in their local and regional affairs. “American direct intervention in the Muslim world has paradoxically elevated the stature of, and support for, radical Islamists, while diminishing support for the United States to single digits in some Arab societies.”
No, it’s not a paradox at all. If I came into your house with 50 of my friends, held a party and then moved into the spare bedroom without so much as asking if you cared, you might be a little upset. What the U.S. has done goes far beyond that.
“Muslims do not ‘hate our freedoms,’ but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favour of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the long-standing, even increasing support, for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan and the Gulf states.
“Thus when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy. Moreover, saying that ‘freedom is the future of the Middle East’ is seen as patronising…in the eyes of Muslims, the American occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has not led to democracy there, but only more chaos and suffering. US actions appear in contrast to be motivated by ulterior motives, and deliberately controlled in order to best serve American national interests at the expense of truly Muslim self-determination.”
Remember, this is the Pentagon’s own report!
“The US finds itself in the strategically awkward — and potentially dangerous — situation of being the long-standing prop and alliance partner of these authoritarian regimes. Without the US, these regimes could not survive.
“There is no yearning-to-be-liberated-by-the-US groundswell among Muslim societies…The perception of intimate US support of tyrannies in the Muslim world is perhaps the critical vulnerability in American strategy. It strongly undercuts our message, while strongly promoting that of the enemy.”
And you all thought I was crazy when I said the U.S. response to 9/11 was completely wrong. Now even the Pentagon agrees with me.
The report calls for the White House to establish a national security adviser for strategic communications, in other words, another propaganda machine, because “Our military expeditions to Afghanistan and Iraq are unlikely to be the last such excursion in the global war on terrorism.”
So the U.S. will keep doing more of what it’s been doing, completely ignoring the fact that they’re alienating 1/6 of the world’s population thereby, and creating enemies out of thin air on our behalf.
“Americans are convinced that the US is a benevolent ‘superpower’ that elevates values emphasising freedom … deep down we assume that everyone should naturally support our policies. Yet the world of Islam — by overwhelming majorities at this time — sees things differently. Muslims see American policies as inimical to their values, American rhetoric about freedom and democracy as hypocritical and American actions as deeply threatening.”
They see things differently because things are different. America is not a benevolent anything that elevates anything emphasizing freedom. Sorry, but that’s the truth. America becomes more and more a fascist-communist state every day. The 9/11 attack was just a convenient excuse to kick efforts to lock Americans into a KGB-style iron grip into high gear.
Aside from further military campaigns, I fully expect to see Muslim extremists successfully execute another terrorist attack on U.S. soil within a year. Once that happens, the U.S. will tighten the screws on its own citizens even tighter, while doing little or nothing to solve the problem.
The stark truth is that terrorism here happens as a direct result of U.S. foreign policy. That has been my statement for a long time, and the Pentagon report here confirms it. Without the U.S. meddling in the affairs of other countries, nobody would have cause to hate the U.S. According to Thomas Jefferson, the answer is “Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations — entangling alliances with none.“