Why Do They Hate Us?

M. Junaid Alam – Counterpunch.org, October 7, 2002 – Age, 19

“So, I’m not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a
flag-saluter, or a flag-waver—no, not I. I’m speaking as a victim of this
American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t
see any American dream; I see an American nightmare.” 

Malcolm X, April 3, 1964

“To whom it may concern…we are dying,” a nine-year old Iraqi child once wrote. America, of course, was not concerned. First, it was relieved—fulfilling White Man’s Burden by unburdening its Air Force of 80,000 tons of munitions across Iraq during the Gulf War. Then, it was elated—with Hussein’s forces routed and the heroic defense of ‘our’ oil colony complete, the U.S. had rendered its formerly submissive foreign dictator into a non-submissive but impotent foreign dictator. One who maintains ‘regional stability’ by providing America a convenient means of diverting domestic dissent with the rhetoric of war and complementary fireworks. Naturally, there would be certain secondary consequences. Continue reading “Why Do They Hate Us?”