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The Same Motive for Anti-US 'Terrorism' Is Cited Over and Over

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: usa, terrorism, politics, drones, deaths of non combattants, iraq, afghanistan, Muslims, Al Quaeda, American imperialism, Manifest Destiny )

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... four other serious attempted or successful attacks on US soil by Muslims, and in every case, they emphatically all say the same thing: that they were motivated by the continuous, horrific violence brought by the US and its allies to the Muslim world ...

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Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 1:43 am
During the last election campaign, one thing I noticed over and over from the Republican/Teabagger candidates, especially Romney but not limited to him, was this idea of having a strong military so that the US could go anywhere it pleased. I remember one particularly odious remark by Romney that implied that he should be able to go where he wants and take what he wants. Now substitute 'the US' for 'he' in that last sentence. That made me angry. Such unmitigated arrogance. And that is, I think, the premise of what Glenn Greenwald is saying in his article. It isn't so much a religious imperative, but certainly religion will be involved, but rather an imperialistic attitude of the US. Now I am a pacifist so I won't "go postal" on the US. Likewise, this imperialistic bent does not represent all Americans.

Years ago, I was an employee's representative on a supervision committee. The employee, an adult youth worker, was encountering difficulties with adults in the churches she worked with. She was from Chicago, and repeatedly said "at home we did...". There seemed to be little room in her mind with working things through Canadian norms. As her rep, I had to talk to her about how she was being perceived --- the US way is the only right way. It is a similar type of arrogance, what I call the US national image, that I see getting in the way with the Muslim world, only the stakes are a lot higher, and the price is human lives on both sides.

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 1:51 am
The article refers to a Yemeni man testifying before the Senate committee holding its first hearing on the legality and consequences of drone warfare and targeted killing. Here is an article "Voice from Yemen"

. (0)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 3:01 pm
Alan Dershowitz is a fool.

JL A (282)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 4:31 pm
Factors important to consider in assessing world events and international relations.

Lisa W (143)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 5:26 pm
This world is scary!

John B (185)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 6:37 pm
Thanks Lynn for the link to the very informative article by Glenn Greenwald. Quite a good read. "We reap what we sow." Read and noted.

lee e (114)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 7:28 pm
Karma will out! -- Religion is the root of all evil - and what of our "supremacists"? Nearly all of those fanatics are rooted in their bible -- we're not alone - we just manage to blame others a whole lot more and with a "bigger stick" for the time being! Don't worry though - as long as we have so much money - we oppress ourselves almost as much as we do the rest of the world - but our investments will be sure to destroy all of us - just wait a few more years

Genoveva M M (328)
Thursday May 2, 2013, 11:09 pm
There is one common factor between religion, terrorism and government they all are corrupted, at least that much they all have in common and yet, neither get along with each other.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Friday May 3, 2013, 1:32 am
I agree that the "god virus" infection is the root of all evil and causes misery to all that have indoctorinated and their surroundings.

P A (117)
Friday May 3, 2013, 1:59 am
"Being targeted with violence is a major cost of war and aggression. It's a reason not do it. If one consciously decides to incur that cost, then that's one thing. But pretending that this is all due to some primitive and irrational religious response and not our own actions is dangerously self-flattering and self-delusional. Just listen to what the people who are doing these attacks are saying about why they are doing them. Or listen to the people who live in the places devastated by US violence about the results. None of it is unclear, and it's long past time that we stop pretending that all this evidence does not exist."

I do not believe that religion is at fault - if that were the case atheists would be known far and wide as people without sin.

People pretending to have a religious belief and people pretending to an ideology with another aim in mind altogether are far more of the problem and it is up to all of us to grow a backbone and get into arguments with them that expose them for what they are. Lynn - I remember Rmoney saying the remark you referred to in your first paragraph - and that is because he DOES believe he should be able to go anywhere and go do anything he likes! And that has nothing to do with any 'religion' he may allege that he believes in - but to with his character.....


Robert K (31)
Friday May 3, 2013, 2:55 am
"Alan Dershowitz is a fool. "

Frequently, but not in this case.

Past Member (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:15 am
When can real peace exist?

Lynn D (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 5:23 am
Noted with deep concern.

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:40 am
Thank you for posting.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Friday May 3, 2013, 8:41 am
All over the world awareness of the absolute need to treat everyone with respect, acceptance, compassion, and love is growing exponentially, and signs of that are showing up in the mainstream media. Peaceful demonstrations to raise awareness, to raise consciousness of the plight of the suppressed, of the enslaved (yes, many are still effectively enslaved by unscrupulous and severely damaged “leaders”), and of the impoverished are occurring with increasing frequency and having a dramatic effect.
For instance the demonstrations against austerity in many countries where it seems that the rich get ever richer and the population pays, are causing the political leaders to step back and reconsider their options. They have many more avenues open to them than they wish to acknowledge because they do not wish to publicize options which, if exercised, would reduce their power and influence. Nevertheless, economic policies that have constantly failed to level the playing field can be discarded and replaced far more easily than the leaders in this field are willing to admit. And that is already happening.

Birgit W (160)
Friday May 3, 2013, 12:33 pm

Gloria H (88)
Friday May 3, 2013, 3:45 pm
well duh! I use to hear "they hate us because we are free" (huh?--notice how many of our freedoms have had a major pruneing done?)
"They hate us for what stuff we have"( yeah, all the Walmart made in China stuff?)
Maybe they really hate us because we think what is theirs should be ours. (we don't want their puny villages, harder than rocks growing soil but what's UNDER the soil (oil).
Maybe because we not only have killed many of thier family members (like on going Mafia wars) recently, but continue to do so. Instead of packing up our killing toys and go home.

Kit B (276)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:48 pm

When you succumb to hate, when you fill that dark and ravening space within your heart, you become someone else's fool.

Peace be unto you, and unto us all. (from an article by William Rivers Pitt)


Craig Zimmerman (86)
Friday May 3, 2013, 8:10 pm
What crap. There is no rationalization whatsoever for what these two punks did.

Jason R (67)
Friday May 3, 2013, 10:25 pm
Yup! The military industrial complex runs around the world, kicking dirt in people's eyes and we expect to be left alone? ! This is tyhe time, people. We have to say enough is enough to the MIC and their grip on our government. Start by telling McCain and Gramm. They are the MIC mouth piece.
This is what "take back your country" is supposed to mean.

paul m (93)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:21 am


Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:35 pm
I have no religious beliefs whatsoever and believe that the drone attacks are totally wrong. No one needs the excuse of religion to be angry. I also was completely against the Iraq invasion. Afghanistan only made sense at the time because we were bombarded by lies from the media---fortunately it didn't take long for many of us to see that this was an error costly in human lives as well as our taxpayer dollars. All the money spent by the Pentagon-Military-Industrial-Corporate complex was made in an effort to regain what was lost in the stock market right after 9/ case anyone forgot, it halved itself upon reopening a week after 9/11.

There are many heartbroken people in these countries, who've lost family members at weddings....have lost infants and children as "collateral damage." It was a no-brainer we were inciting a backlash to further more war. If only an abundance of the American public could understand this.

I remember being horrified when I watched the news reports that millions of leaflets were dropped in Afghanistan at the start of the invasion, offering huge "bounties" for people suspected of being al-Qaeda. In such a devastatingly poor country, people would turn in others simply for the money, or perhaps for revenge having nothing to do with terrorism. Many of these are probably still residing in Gitmo.

Mike H (252)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:48 pm
Grievous actions by the U.S. govt. doesn't justify killing innocent people here.

Winn A (179)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 6:38 am
I don't believe in any religion. Having a spiritual life and accepting those who differ from you as equals and with respect makes much more sense to me. Filling your life with hate and harming people in the name of "religion" is being a coward.
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