To: Another Galt
Arab nationalists and Muslim fanatics believe that the United States wants to colonize the Middle East.
No they don't, that is just a rant to get their troops and civilians worked up. They say they believe it but it is just like the claim that Usama is innocent and the Israelies bombed the WTC. They know what happened, are delighted that their guys did it and want to work up a good hate. This is ultimatly about who is top dog and who wants to be.
posted on 09/24/2002 6:13:05 PM PDT
I agree that they do not believe that we want to colonize the middle east (beyond the oil that place is worthless). But, their inferiority complex is about the fact that for centuries the Islamic middle east was far ahead of the infidels in the West and won most battles, stretching their empires from Spain to Greece to Austria to India. Then things started going wrong with the Industrial Revolution. Ever since they have just been backward failures in comparison. This is mostly about lost glory and resentment; they think in centuries.
I highly recommend Bernard Lewis' _What Went Wrong: Western Impact and the Middle Eastern Response_.
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