I always thought terrorists hated us because we’re gluttonous gas-guzzling, atheist hussies. Instead, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has argued that U.S. violence in other countries are what actually fuels terrorist attacks.
A Rumsfeld era Pentagon Report states that,
“Muslims do not ‘hate our freedom,’ but rather, they hate our policies,” including “American direct intervention in the Muslim world.”
According to the Washington Post, The Tsarnaev Brother’s was motivated to bomb the Boston Marathon last week because of their disapproval with the United States presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack,” the Post writes, citing “U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.”
According to the New York Times last week, the Boston Bombing took place just days after a deadly attack in Afghanistan that killed 17 civilians, including 12 children; The Afghan government blames the C.I.A. for the attack.
I know these reports are preliminary and the courts have only begun to look into motives.
I said a few days ago that I didn’t care why These Brothers wanted to attack us; I guess I lied. I had assumed they just didn’t like Americans. But it’s really that they don’t like what our government is doing, and they take it out on our civilians to send a message. The bombings are just beyond terrible; but honestly taking a peek into their motive, for me, brings it to a level that I can almost understand.. as horrible as that sounds. They wanted to send us a message to change our presence in the wars we are involved in, in the Muslim world. I also think that message will be lost or poo-pooed by most Americans even though our presence has been a topic of contention among our own citizens. Probably rightfully so, because it’s not like we’re in the business of bowing down to teenage terrorist jackasses. The Boston Attacks are horrible, but ironically, contrary to what I thought, it helps a little to understand why. And don’t misinterpret my tiny fraction of understanding as sympathy. I trust and hope this jerkoff never sees the light of day again.