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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Why Do the Terrorists Hate Us?
(Video from Fox News)
There was an interesting exchange in yesterday's Republican debate between Rep. Ron Paul and Rudi Giuliani. It centered on the question of why the terrorists attacked us on 9/11. The mainstream Republican theory, of course, is that "they hate us for our freedoms." Rep. Paul made the case that they didn't attack us for who we ARE, but for what we DO.
Although I'm sure that Al Queda doesn't approve of our lifestyle and form of government, I think the fact that we feel the need to have a giant footprint in their neighborhood is a much greater motivating factor for them. Of course, that didn't stop Giuliani from demanding that Paul retract his statement (which he declined to do).
It's a little like the kid in 6th grade who's always getting bullied. He doesn't hate the bully because of his cool lifestyle. He hates him because he's always beating him up. Maybe we should stop acting like the world's bully, and look for ways to get along with the rest of the world. As a start, perhaps we could stop trying to impose our values and way of life on other countries.
Just a thought.
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Posted by Doug DeLong at 8:18 PM