I think we should learn to think critically about our enemies. I think we should not only attack terrorists, but think about what sort of policies will eliminate their existence. I favor destroying terrorism at its root, and not picking off one leaf at a time. To do this, we must identify the terrorist cause, so I think we should know our enemies and recognize the reasons they hate us.
Why do so many foreigners hate America?
Is it because we are rich and free? Canada too, is rich and free, as are a number of other countries. Why-in the minds of so many foreign leaders-is the U.S. so much worse a democracy than Canada? What have we done differently? I think we should ask ourselves this.
Why is Canada left alone while the U.S. is vilified and attacked? To answer this, it seems logical to evaluate the foreign affairs of Canada and the U.S. side by side. Canada’s foreign policy is very humble, while America’s is quite arrogant and imposing.
Why does the U.S. have permanent military bases in Italy? Germany? Greenland? Guam? Japan? Kyrgyzstan? The Netherlands? Panama? The Philippines? Portugal? Spain? South Korea? Turkey? The U.K.? Uzbekistan? Cuba? Why do we have 50,000 troops in Japan, 60,000 in Germany, 10,000 in Italy, 25,000 in South Korea, 170,000 in Iraq, 30,000 in Afghanistan? Why does our national defense require that we control 702 bases in 130 different countries? Why does Canada require none of these things to be safe from terrorist attacks? The Canadian Forces have zero bases outside of Canada. Canada is democratic, arguably rich, arguably free, and not targeted by terrorists.
Do terrorists have a political motive? If that motive is to kill the infidels and end democracy, aren’t there easier places to start than the U.S.? Wouldn’t Canada be an easier democracy to defeat? Wouldn’t Canadian infidels be easier to murder? Why don’t terrorists first eradicate infidels within their own countries, or democratic leaders in the Middle-East–easy tickets to paradise, no?
How, in the post-Cold War era, can our expansive military presence be explained as anything other than a modern empire? Those who understood the reasons we were hated around the world before 9/11 predicted that something like 9/11 would happen. The CIA called it blowback, and said it was a reaction to our foreign policies. They even warned Congress about it in March of 2001. What did they know that most Americans still cannot see?
Perhaps we should adopt a humble foreign policy. It would be cheaper, and it may serve us better in the long run. It may be the only way to end the hatred against us, thus stopping terrorism at its source. Is it so absurd that a poor man in a war-torn third world country, who has lost family members to American air strikes, can rationalize a link between democracy and evil empire, and then want to do something to justify his loss? Violent, totalitarian humanism is still totalitarian and violent, and the victims don’t understand the intention very well.
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