I found this great graphic that raises a good point. Some things depend greatly upon your point of view, or rather, what your government and media tell you.
For example, the way the American media shows us every time a Palestinian bombs an Israeli building, but they don’t necessarily show you what some Israelis did to some Palestinians to provoke the attack. This is because we made the Israelis our allies, for financial reasons, and therefore their enemies, the Palestinians, are automatically our enemies.
The USA, the UK, & Russia, after defeating Nazi Germany in World War II, dropped the Jews into the middle east to have friends (puppets) in the region who had influence and money world wide. They did this under the guise of making up for what the Nazis, and to some extent, the Egyptians and Romans, did to the Jews. Jews believe that they are the chosen of God (much like Christians and Muslims do), and that the “Holy Land” (a dust bowl) is meant for them. If God intended them to have it, could they not have taken it on their own?
This interference by the West angered the Muslims, triggered the multi-decade war between Israel and Palestine, and to some extent, Middle East hostility and aggression towards America.
I know the US Government, and it’s history. They almost always intervene where it is financially beneficial to them (Kuwait for oil), and almost never do when it’s not (Darfur for human rights).
The US, despite it’s claim to believing in democracy, also puts dictators into power by funding “freedom fighters” all over the world who we think will be our friends and make us money, and then declare them to be guerillas, rebels, and terrorists when they turn on us. The Republican controlled US funded, trained, and armed Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden to fight the cold war against Russia for us in the middle east, and then, when the cold war was over, and they had suffered and died for us, and their countries were left ravaged by war, and filled with land mines that mame men, women and children daily, and we weren’t interested in rebuilding them, they became our enemies. Can you really blame them?
All I can say for sure is this: If there were a lot of wealthy Muslims in Hollywood and on Wall Street and in the corporate board rooms of America, instead of a lot of wealthy Jews, the USA would be allied with the Palestinians and would consider the Israelis our enemies.
I can understand, to some extent, the Conservative / Christian / Republic fear and hatred of Islam and the Middle East, and their refusal to extend an olive branch and really try for peace. After all, when you’ve bombed somebody for decades and funded their enemies against them, it’s a scary thing to try and say “sorry about that, we’ll be good from now on, please don’t try to get even with us by flying more planes into more buildings, let’s just call it even, regardless of how far ahead we are and how far behind you are” … You’re likely to get a knife in the back after you shake their hand and turn away, so to speak.
But supporters of the Republican party and American Imperialism and offensive military action worldwide, who support the candidates and representatives that they do because they “protect” them, should remember one very important thing: In a great many cases, they are only protecting you from an enemy that they created, and if we would stop making enemies, and start making friends, we would need a great deal less defense, and could spend a great deal more time, attention, and money on our own people and problems.
The next time the government or the media tells you who your enemies are, stop and think about why!