Originally posted by d0lfins0ng
However, just as you witnessed with the Taliban, hatred for the US is ingrained in children, fostered by adults, and carried on out by religious extremists - with backing from countries sponsoring terrorism.
That's exactly my point. The hatred was fostered largely through the efforts of the Saudi Watanabe (please excuse the spelling, it's late and I'm pretty sure that's not the correct spelling of that sect). They poured vast sums of money and personnel into Afghan schools, and promulgated their anti-woman brand of religious terrorism, and have cultivated a legion of bug-eyed adolescent boys carrying Korans in one hand and Kalishnikovs in the other, all of them dreaming of the day they get to die and have 14 naked virgins dancing at their feet. Hell, as an adolescent, I
might have bought into that, especially if my culture practiced sexual repression. But what this Saudi sect did was reach deep into the hearts and minds of the population.
How do you think we are going to get through to these people? By burning them with our glorious weaponry? All that will do is cultivate another level of hatred on top of the one that already exists.
I say we fight fire with fire, but in this case, with books and food and medicine. Stuff they need. Do you really think that an impoverished population wouldn't respond to a massive program?
What I'm suggesting is something radical, not the token foreign aid we scrape together each year. What I am suggesting is that every single dollar that was spent on the Gulf buildup this year could have been spent on DIRECT foreign aid, and would have been so much more effective than war that we wouldn't be having this conversation ever again, at least vis a vis the Middle East.
I'm not going to go look up the amount of money we have spent on the military build up, but I can bet it has been in the hundreds of billions already. So. Do a Google search and see how much we spent on foreign aid worldwide last year. Then compare it to the amount we have spent on the Gulf build up.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for having slick weaponry and a strong military. But I view it more as an insurance policy than as a means to accomplish what should be done through diplomacy. If we went to the root cause and helped some of these nations to, at a minimum, educate their populace so they at least have a chance to participate in the assimilation process, they would be much, much less inclined to hold venomous opinions about America.