I always had a problem with the western response to suicide bombing.
When it first started to happen and the general populace became aware of it, people were absolutely puzzled. They took a brief moment to ask themselves why, then it seems they settled on whatever convenient and shallow answers that analysts in the media offered.
Take Osama Bin Laden for example; shortly after 9/11 he stated that the reason why Al Qaede attacked the United States was because of United States Foreign Policy. In light of this, how exactly did so much of the country end up convinced that it was because "they hate our freedoms." It's really quite simple; the majority of the populace accepted a convenient answer which absolves them and the country of responsibility. Everyone loves to feel guiltless, retribution (even if it was excessive, horrible, and completely unacceptable) isn't as easy to suffer as victimization.
I don't honestly believe the American Public has made any decisions to directly create the destitute state that the Middle East is in. What the voters have done, is elect people who have made a series of bad decisions to meddle in the affairs of the Islamic World in order to tip the scales in our favor to their detriment in many circumstances.
I don't think the average American really understands and knows of all of the foreign policy blunders we've made over there. And they certainly don't justify acts of terrorism; but at the same time playing the "justification game" isn't conducive to resolving the problem. Pride is a pointless entity, as is blame, when it comes to solving an issue.
Then there are those who blame Islam. Some of which is anti-Islamic sentiment coming from Atheists, Agnostics, and Christians. I don't feel this is productive either. A vast majority of America is Christian, and we love to say, "Look what Islam says about this" while conveniently pretending that Deuteronomy doesn't exist. Here's a few of Deuteronomy's greatest hits:
- The death penalty is also prescribed for males who are guilty of any of the following: disobeying their parents, profligacy and drunkenness.
- The law of rape prescribes various conditions and penalties, depending on whether the girl is engaged to be married or not, and whether the rape occurs in town or in the country.
- Slavery can last no more than 6 years if the individual purchased is "thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman."
- The peace terms to be offered to non-Israelites before battle - the terms being that they are to become slaves
- The procedure to be followed if a man suspects that his new wife is not a virgin: if the wife's parents are able to prove that she was indeed a virgin then the man is fined; otherwise the wife is stoned to death..
I know, there's justifications and explanations for this, but I'm not saying Christianity is bad. I'm just saying (ironically), "Let he without sin cast the first stone."
The fine, and obvious explanation on why the Islamic Suicide Bombers act why they do is pretty simple. It doesn't have to do with religion, it doesn't have to do with internal politics, it has to do with foreign policy.
Lets face it, people don't strap themselves with explosives and blow themselves up, committing suicide and murder, unless they're feeling pretty desperate.
They feel that way for a multitude of reasons. Some of them have been convinced (erroneously I might add) that the west is out to get them by extremists, some have lost loved ones from western intervention in the middle east, and some live in poor conditions thanks to the United States backing of Israel and oppressive regimes (Saudi Freakin' Arabia).
People don't act without cause; there's always a kernel truth to their claims, even if it doesn't justify such drastic actions. Looking at Israel with perfect adoration needs to stop; and Americans need to start questioning Middle East Foreign Policy.