t.11What would make a group people hate the U.S. so much that they would commit
the terrible acts of Sept. 11. Killing thousands of innocent people and taking away
the hopes and dreams of many.
Some of this Anti-American sentiment begins with our long alliance with Israel.
Israel and the Arab nations have been at war for many, many years. The war and
resentment between these two sides begins with a strip of land called the Gaza Strip.
This piece of land has been fought over for decades. So because of our alliance with
Israel most of the Middle East see it as siding with their most hated enemy!
I also believe that some of our have come back to haunt the U.S. One example of this
would be our support of the Shah of Iran from 1966-1979. The U.S. supported the
Shah even though, the people of Iran hated him and felt that he was corrupt. So that
led way to the overthrow of the Shah and his government and the rule of the Ayatollah
Khomeni. The new leader had a deep hatred of the U.S.and led a new anti-American
sentiment in Iran.
Our next ally would be Saddem Hueseein, who at the time was enemies with Iran.
So the U.S. made an ally of Saddem and supplied him with billions of dollars of
economic aid. Which he used to primarily build up his military forces and with that
military Saddem attacked a helpless Kuwait. Saddem destroyed much of Kuwait
and the ensuing war between Iraq and the Coalition forces was on.
When the U.S. allied themselves with the Mujahedin army during the Soviet
invasion of Afghanistan, who knew that Osama Bin Laden and others who fought
in that war would wind up becoming the evil Taliban.
It seems that U.S. policy is one of, if you are enemies of our enemies then you are our
I think that America should take a step back and take a long hard look at that region of
the world and say, “Does being allies with this country or this person make long-term
strategic sense and also will this country or person turn on us. If so will we as a country
able to pay that price.” I feel that U.S. presence is greatly needed in that region, but I
also think that the U.S. should take a better look how we choose our allies so that another
Sept.11 will not be lurking around the corner.