I don’t expect the American media to reveal anything about WHY innocent civilians were attacked at the Boston Marathon. Except maybe, to say that the “terrorists” hate our freedom, our democracy and our “ideals.” So, this morning I went looking for some answers. I put a question into Google and got an answer, written on Yahoo Answers three years ago.
This quote is from Yahoo Answers:
Why do Al Qaeda terrorists keep attacking the USA (US-Americans)?
To simply say “they hate Americans” is not enough. My question is the WHY? And don’t say “they are jealous,” like so many ignorant Americans do. They didn’t crash two aircrafts into the WTC towers simply because they are jealous. They hate us. But why?
They must have some sort of grievance with the USA/American policies. Is it the US foreign policy, and the US military presence in the Middle East? Is it because the USA is seen to be responsible for the continied political instability in that region? Even though the USA claims it’s all for democracy, the CIA MUST have some ulterior motives that are not so pure and well-intentioned.
3 years ago
The best answer to the above question is given in this quote from Yahoo Answers:
Best Answer – Chosen by Asker
‘Citizens from Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt, all of whom have been implicated in one or another terrorist act or attempted act since September 11, 2001, have been systematically denied basic freedoms by police-state dictatorships backed by Washington.
They have watched as the US military, acting in the name of a “war on terrorism” and “liberating” the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, have killed over one million people and turned millions more into homeless refugees. In Pakistan, millions have grown to hate Washington for the unceasing murder of civilians by pilotless Predator drones.
And Muslims all over the world have seen successive administrations, Republican and Democratic alike, lend unconditional support to the Israeli regime as it deprives Palestinians in the occupied territories of the most basic human liberties, including the right to life itself.
None of this justifies terrorism, which does nothing to change these conditions and only strengthens the hands of US imperialism. However, it is these acts of aggression and repression—not some inexplicable hatred for “freedoms”—that have produced a seething anger that can give rise to retrograde acts of individual terror.’
3 years ago
Note that this was written THREE YEARS AGO and nothing has changed. It is my personal opinion that the main reason for terrorism against America is America’s “unconditional support of the Israeli regime….” If not for America, Israel would cease to exist. If not for America, Israel would not have become a country; all of the Jews would have come to America and most of them would have settled in New York state.
I also found a good article, which you can read in full here. This quote is from the article:
Why do terrorists hate America enough to give up their lives in order to deal the country such mortal blows? Of course it’s not America the terrorists hate; it’s American foreign policy. It’s what the United States has done to the world in the past half century — all the violence, the bombings, the depleted uranium, the cluster bombs, the assassinations, the promotion of torture, the overthrow of governments, and more. The terrorists — whatever else they might be — are also rational human beings; which is to say that in their own minds they have a rational justification for their actions. Most terrorists are people deeply concerned by what they see as social, political or religious injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States.
Most Americans find it difficult in the extreme to accept the proposition that terrorist acts against the United States can be viewed as revenge for Washington,s policies abroad. They believe that the US is targeted because of its freedom, its democracy, its modernity, its wealth, or just being part of the West.
If I were the president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize to all the widows and orphans, the tortured and impoverished, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce, in all sincerity, to every corner of the world, that America’s global interventions have come to an end, and inform Israel that it is no longer the 51st state of the USA but now — oddly enough — a foreign country. I would then reduce the military budget by at least 90% and use the savings to pay reparations to the victims. There would be more than enough money. One year’s military budget of 330 billion dollars is equal to more than $18,000 an hour for every hour since Jesus Christ was born. That’s what I’d do on my first three days in the White House. On the fourth day, I’d be assassinated.
I previously blogged about “the War on Terror” here.
As for why these acts of terror are called “terror” attacks, this could go back to the days of World War II when the Germans called a pilot of a plane dropping bombs on civilians a “Terrorflieger.” (terror flyer) You can read about it here.
The Germans also used the word “terror” to characterize the acts of the French resistance. The terrorists who are attacking America could be called “the Middle East resistance.”