Wednesday, September 27, 2006

American policies in the Arab world

There's been a lot of talk in recent days about how fighting terror only produces more terror, adding to the old cliche that Muslims turn terrorist because of American policies in the Middle East. Now let's go back in history, to the 1990's, and let's see what the US policies were back then. US liberated Islamic Kuwait from secular Iraq and protected Saudi Arabia, birthplace of Islam, from the same enemy. America went to war along the Bosnian Muslims against their Catholic and Orthodox foes. America attacked Yugoslavia in order to protect Kosovo Muslims. American troops went to Macedonia to protect ethnic Muslims. (Actually, there still are thousands of American soldiers in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia, and nobody is asking for a timetable for their return and a rapid redeployment).

Then, America suffered losses while providing relief to poor Muslims in Somalia. It's been giving out over 10 billion dollars in foreign aid every year to Muslim countries like Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and even Afghanistani Taliban. And what was the Islamic reward for all this? It was the '93 World Trade Center, the Khobar Towers, the embassies in Africa, the USS Cole and ultimately the 9/11. After 9/11, America changed its attitude and reduced many of those Islamic support activities, and what is the result? No attack on America has occured ever since, outside of the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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