These "crazy Muslims" and I say crazy because it's not all Muslims, more like 5% of them that are terrorists, believe they are on this "Jihad" this holy war against the western world. Now I don't know what their end game is, do they want to convert the US to Islam? I don't get it, and frankly it's stupid, you are not going to win. Live in your country follow your religion and be happy, but don't cry out to the world when your own country is fucked up, I'm talking about Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Libya. Then when countries like the US, Canada, France, Britain try to help you, you lash out at them for "invading" your country and trying to "westernize" your culture, you start protesting them, throwing grenades at forces. NO! we are trying to help you.
Here is the problem: even before the wars in the 21st century in these regions the US had hundreds of military bases surrounding the area and were helping to prop up dictators in these countries.
You can look that up yourself. The truth is you cannot force
change. Whether you want to believe that the US and other western countries such as my own (UK) are trying to help countries like Iraq, Iran etc. the official story is that we are doing this in order to promote democracy in the middle east in order to make and sustain peace. This is trying to be done by force, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Iran etc. whether it be bombing their countries and invading their countries or by stuff like imposing trade sanctions.
With knowledge that their dictators were propped up by the US, that the United States has military bases around and now their country being invaded its little wonder that there is this fixed view that there is some sort of Jiihad going on. Especially if you throw religion into the mix like it has done in the past and has done recently. You don't understand that changing to a system like democracy is a huge shift for these countries and the fact this is seeing to be (and in some cases is being) done by force and the fact that democracy is a western political system suggests that its little wonder they feel like they are being "westernised". It would be a different story if this was being done by diplomacy alone or if western countries just kept out of their affairs altogether but is obviously not the case.
Think of it this way: what if you lived in a country where your political system is seen as oppressive to the outside world but you are content with how you are living. Then an outside country comes in, bombs your country, invades it, sets up military bases in the area to secure the country so you can't rebel back and then you are being forced to negotiate into a political system that is foreign to you and feels like they are imposing their political system on to your country. That is how some Arab's and Muslim's feel right now.
Don't get me wrong, I don't condone their actions either. Both sides are in the wrong and what people did in Libya, Egypt etc. to US Embassy's were completely wrong. But to have this attitude like people in them countries should be grateful when their lives have completely changed and they feel threatened because of what the US and western countries have done is not understanding how some of those people feel. No one likes forced change.
Its like the scrawny kid at school picking on the biggest strongest and toughest kid. The big kid doesn't want to beat the shit out of the smaller kid, because he is above that, but when the little kid pushes the right buttons, he's gonna get his ass kicked. Then he makes the big kid out as the bad guy becasue he is picking on the small guy, so that he can get support from other small guys.
That's such a simplistic view of things. What about Iraq? A country that hadn't attacked the US since the Kuwait war and was wrongly invaded to find weapons of mass destruction that weren't even there which the policy has now been changed to one of promoting democracy in the country? Yes there is the added element of Saddam Hussein and I'm sure most of the country were glad he was kicked out and killed after the atrocities he committed. But I'm also sure many aren't happy that it was America and its western allies who invaded and stayed there in military bases occupying the country.
Iran has not made one nuclear weapon yet sanctions which could be justified as acts of war are being placed on them which directly effects the citizens of the country. In the 1960's Reagan talked to the Soviet's when the US had thousands of nuclear weapons that could potentially could have been launched at them. Yet the US government are so paranoid about Iran potentially getting a hold of a single
nuclear weapon. So instead of treating them on equal terms the US is deciding to try and bully its way for Iran to not have a nuclear weapon. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe Iran wants one...I don't know, to feel protected?
Islam is a beautiful religion, that I've left, but these idiots have turned it into something that is associated with terrorism and have twisted the words to fit their agenda. It sucks that many of the Arab youth are easily brainwashed.
This I can 100% agree with. But this applies to all religions and not just Islam. It just so happens Islam is the most violent right now.