Originally Posted by rstone
What you fail to comprehend Bruce, is they despise our foreign policy and our unlimited support for Israel, and the fact we our present in the middle east. This isnt and has never been about them hating us because we are Americans or becuase they hate are freedoms. That is nothing more than propaganda spread by the Bush Administration to scare Americans into thinking the big, bad, scary Arab is out to get them and might be hiding in there closet. If you truely believe that just "hate" us well "just because" than you are truely naive.
Whoa whoa whoa whoa....THAT is apologism for radical/fundamentalist Muslims. And, it's wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. You take away any excuse you want for Al Qaeda and the like to hate us, and they will continue to hate us. We're infidels
...beyond that, anything else we do just goes to further their hatred. The bottom line is that as long as we do not adhere to the letter of Islamic law, we will be as incompatible to their worldview as is water with raw sodium.
It's not "just because"...the reason is in the Qu'ran. The belief is that the entire earth is Heaven, and that Heaven isn't just someplace you go when you die. Imagine how rigteously indignant you would be if, after you died and went to heaven, you found that people like Hitler, etc. had snuck in from Hell and were trying to take over. THAT is the mindset that motivates Al Qaeda. The system of oppression and brainwashing that takes place in these deeply radical Islamic cells is pretty comprehensive. There's NO WAY that people enlisting to strap explosives to their chests and blow up other innocent people have the same methods for evaluating human life or global politics that you or I do. Opinions about our foreign policies, etc. never enter the mix - you do them too much justice to insinuate that these maniacs are rational, well informed "freedom fighters".