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People were willing to kill themselves on 9/11... because of US imperialist adventures overseas. That is how Al Qaeda recruit. If you are OK with war you have to be OK with the consequences, you have to be OK with terrorist atrocities at home and just shrug your shoulders and live with it. Is it inescapable? You'd probably say so but because wars are started by powerful leaders, they can certainly be stopped if people take a stand. Who makes weapons to go to war? Arms factories, run by workers. What would happen if we stopped working for the imperialist war machine? It would literally shut down, war would be impossible. It is up to us to determine our future and the future of our leaders' wars.
I have read Bin Laden's long and detailed letter of exactly why he attacked the United States. He says we treat our women like whores, that Allah gives his followers the right to kill unbelievers, that we are friends of satan, that we created aids, that the Jews secretly run our entire government, that we refuse to sign the kyoto protocol, that we refuse to live under shariah law, our actions against the illegal drug trade, and he even mentions Bill Clinton's "immoral acts in the oval office" as well as other real and imaginary crimes too numerous to mention.
The man was insane, and his own family in Saudi Arabia exiled him for being too extreme.
Everytime I think well maybe the U.S. did bring this madman on ourselves I think well why is the U.K., India, and Russia having the same exact issues with Islamic extremists that we are? It's because it isn't us it's them. The United States has managed to attain a relatively peaceful existence with the entire world except for a few countries in the Middle East and North Korea(which has been a bizzare lonewolf of a country for it's entire history and even they refrain from attacking anyone directly). The Middle East on the other can't do anything without starting a Jihad or a terror cell.
There is no being ok with terrorist attacks here or anywhere, but they are a fact of life you can't morally judge them out of existence.
The same holds true for war and a tornado. They exist are inescapable and we have to deal with them whether we judge them to be right or wrong.
The idea that all the workers(people who are already ok with the institution of war by their choice of profession) at arms factories will suddenly strike is naive to the extreme.
Did anyone quit at Lockheed Martin when we went to war with Iraq? I've heard they are expanding like never before.
As far as we just need to stand up to our leaders it's more our leaders need to stand up to us to halt our bloodlust. Was there any shortage of people screaming at George Bush to go to war after september 11th? Even the Democrats were in on the let's kill the terrorists chant. Public support for the war declined not because everyone came to an oddly timed sense of pacifism, but because the Democratic party decided it was in their best interest to paint the war as a failure of George Bush to regain seats and the presidency.
The proof is in the fact that the war was a suddenly A ok once a Democrat was back in the oval office and the senate was filled with Democrats.
The vast majority of wars are not fought due to secret machinations by powerful leaders, but due to tensions or conflicting interests between the people(workers included) of two countries.
The Mexican American war was fought due to the people of Texas wanting to keep the land they were on as well as to be independent of Mexico while the Mexican government wanted to keep their land.
Hirohito's Japan was a small series of Islands that lacked the raw materials it needed to continue it's industrialization which caused it to strike out at it's neighbors to gain more land and resources.
The people of the South during the American Civil War felt that Slavery was a vital institution of their economy and went to war to protect it from the North who felt it was an abomination. Abraham Lincoln didn't actually want to go to war, but he had it forced onto him. Robert E. Lee was in a similar situation, but felt obligated to his home state of Virginia to see it through. Jefferson Davis wanted independence for the South and also didn't want to fight.
Yes secret plots and intrigue are plentiful in history, but they are usually deals made to benefit from or to fight a war not to cause a war as the war is generally beyond both sides ability to quell.
The underlying root causes of war are generally unsolvable with war being the last resort. Complaints and tensions between two countries are solved everyday through the U.N. or even direct arbitration by a Neutral party like the U.S. or Canada which is apparently the diplomat of the world(and even they agreed that we were in the right in attacking Afghanistan and came with us).
When war breaks out it was because the issue was impossible to negotiate or compromise on.
I have not seen Burt's reply but I am going to assume it was something leftist along the lines that is was secretly funded by American CIA agents as a plot to start a war in the Middle East to stop a glorious Communist revolution. Now let me check and see if I'm right ~ C
It isn't some, 90% of the people killed in Iraq have been non-non-combatants. your even worse than your enemies.
The soviets when into Afghanistan to help the socialist government fight barbarian thugs who wanted to drag their country back to the stone age which they more lest did in the 1990s. it is totally disingenuous and down right insulting to call it genocide.
90% of the people killed in Iraq have been non combatants, but not by us. The base number they took that percentage from isn't just people the U.S. military killed it's all the casualties of the entire conflict including U.S. casualties like civilian contractors and soldiers. Iraqi insurgents aren't known for their restraint against civilian targets especially those that cooperated with the U.S. and they caused the vast majority of civilian deaths in the country Yes U.S. forces did kill "some" civilians, but we will never know how many exactly.
The Soviets did not fight the way we fight. They planted 10-15 million landmines that are still killing people. They indiscriminately used chemical weapons on the populace. They flat out destroyed Kandahar with carpet bombs that reduced it's population of 200,000 to 25,000. That would have been the equivalent of the U.S. flattening Baghdad in an air strike. They bombed half the farms in the country and shot the livestock. The U.S. can be heavy handed sometimes, but the Russians pretty much went in there with no rules and slaughtered indiscriminately.
It was a war your (and my) government started with almost psychic glee, those peole would never have died and the insurgents groups would never have come about without the war.
Read interviews with former Mujahideen and , they have said that they dislike the Americans far more then the Soviets or British to quote one ex commanader: "The Russians fought man to man, but when one American soldier gets hit, a whole village gets razed by bombs in response. Their bombs are too big. It was easier to respect the Russians." And didn't get that from a left winger, It's from the Daily Mail
They bombed farms because the Mujahideen grew poppies for the drug trade there which was their main source of money and most Mujahideen were based in the countryside.