AMERICAN IMPERIALISM AS A CAUSE OF SEPTEMBER 11?
Perhaps the two most frequently asked questions after the terrorist attacks of September 11, were "Why do these people hate America so?" and "Are we somehow partially to blame for inciting terrorists?" There are no simple, pat answers. But, scanning some of the letters to the editors in this weeks TIME Magazine (Oct 22) might shed some light on the issue:
"The problem is that U.S. citizens
have little reciprocal feeling for U.S.
engineered human tragedy elsewhere.
The U.S. needs to be aware that even
among the countries is considers its
subordinates and even within affluent
nations the U./S. considers its compliant
allies, there is growing resentment and
impatience with American arroganceà"
"Despite what our politicians have told
us, the terrorists don't hate us because
of our freedom, democracy, and way of life.
They have specific grievances: U.S. support
Of Israel, our presence in Saudi Arabia and
Our backing of authoritarian regimes in the
Region under the banner of American democracyà"
Neither these views nor other similar views held by editorial writers and political analysts can excuse taking anger to the extreme of murdering thousands of innocent people- not merely Americans working in the Twin Towers, but people of some 62 other nations. But, questions need to be asked- even as the American populace is seeking justifiable revenge- or at least "bringing to justice" (in President Bush's works) those who fomented these terrorist acts. One question is: Are we too biased in favor of Israel against the Palestinians and other Arab states who have opposed the formation of the ...