In seeing various related topics in PF regarding the reasons for terrorism, solutions for terrorism, the effects of the Bush administration on our country and the world, and more recently nuclear proliferation via the Bush Doctrine, I thought I’d start this new thread, which also may provide more thoughts about our invasion of Iraq and future foreign policy. The Bush Administration Explanations of Terrorism President George W. Bush - White House News Release, September 20, 2001: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010920-8.html At an October 11, 2001, press conference, President Bush was so intent on addressing the issue of why there is so much hate for America that he posed the question aloud himself: "How do I respond when I see that in some Islamic countries there is vitriolic hatred for America?" [He used the word vitriolic? Maybe he was just repeating back a question.] He then answered, "I'll tell you how I respond: I'm amazed. I'm amazed that there's such misunderstanding of what our country is about that people would hate us. I am -- like most Americans, I just can't believe it because I know how good we are." Guardian/UK, September 12, 2001 http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,600944,00.html From Bill Maher - "They hate us because we don't know why they hate us." The Real Reasons for Terrorism Report by the Christian Science Monitor - September 27, 2001: · Most Arabs and Muslims knew the answer, even before they considered who was responsible. · And voices across the Muslim world are warning that if America doesn't wage its war on terrorism in a way that the Muslim world considers just, America risks creating even greater animosity. · Arabs do not share Mr. Bush's view that the perpetrators did what they did because "they hate our freedoms." Rather, they say, a mood of resentment toward America and its behavior around the world has become so commonplace in their countries that it was bound to breed hostility, and even hatred. And the buttons that Mr. bin Laden pushes in his statements and interviews win a good deal of popular sympathy. : o the injustice done to the Palestinians, o the cruelty of continued sanctions against Iraq, o the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, o the repressive and corrupt nature of US-backed Gulf governments. http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/0927/p1s1-wogi.html 80 Reasons, and More - Adam Young · The U.S. sends billions in financial and military aid to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan each year to prop up these regimes against "fundamentalist" popular Islamic movements (which are the only way dissent can be expressed in these regimes, since Islam is the only thing these rulers can't outlaw). The U.S. also gives political support to corrupt and oppressive dictatorships, such as exist in Algeria and Tunisia. Everywhere, the U.S. favors and aids the status quo of political repression and dictatorship. This hypocrisy is what fuels Arab and Muslim anger. (http://www.mises.org/fullarticle.asp?control=818) · "Before we celebrate the bombings of Afghanistan with hope of their expansion to other countries, let's pause and take a look back on the past fifty years of U.S. folly in the Middle East." November 9, 2001 (http://www.mises.org/fullarticle.asp?control=818). The article on "Why do they hate us?" provides a catalog of answers to that question, and links to articles of analysis. http://www.isometry.com/usahate.html Harry Browne states the issue most succinctly: http://www.harrybrowne.org/articles/TerrorismReason.htm As Charley Reese has put it: http://reese.king-online.com/Reese_...le&cid=1089024920296&call_pageid=968256290204 Inescapable Perpetual Global War - George Bush, believes, and would have you believe, that there is absolutely no option to endless infinite warfare. On March 19, 2004, he proclaimed and declared that "The war on terror is not a figure of speech. It is an inescapable calling of our generation." http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/03/20040319-3.html This is only a fact if you/we make it into a fact, which he insists upon doing through provocation. http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0406-14.htm http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Why_do_they_hate_us?