Sunday, August 01, 2004

Why do they hate us? - Disinfopedia article on this core concept of thought control as used by the Bush Administration: Bush, October 2001: "I'm amazed that there's such misunderstanding of what our country is about that people would hate us. I am -- like most Americans, I just can't believe it because I know how good we are."

Bush, an ignorant and deluded or self-deluded man, probably believes what he says here. Its an open question as to whether Howard, who adopts wholesale the ideology and politics of the Bush Administration in order to 'maintain the alliance', is equally ignorant and deluded.

Osama bin Laden, November 2002:

# "Because you attacked us and continue to attack us."
# "Under your supervision, consent and orders, the governments of our countries which act as your agents, attack us on a daily basis;"
# "You steal our wealth and oil at paltry prices because of your international influence and military threats."
# "Your forces occupy our countries; you spread your military bases throughout them; you corrupt our lands, and you besiege our sanctities, to protect the security of the Jews and to ensure the continuity of your pillage of our treasures."
# "You have starved the Muslims of Iraq, where children die every day. It is a wonder that more than 1.5 million Iraqi children have died as a result of your sanctions, and you did not show concern. Yet when 3000 of your people died, the entire world rises and has not yet sat down."

"Nearly two days after the horrific suicide attacks on civilian workers in New York and Washington, it has become painfully clear that most Americans simply don't get it. From the president to passersby on the streets, the message seems to be the same: this is an inexplicable assault on freedom and democracy, which must be answered with overwhelming force - just as soon as someone can construct a credible account of who was actually responsible. ... any glimmer of recognition of why people might have been driven to carry out such atrocities, sacrificing their own lives in the process - or why the United States is hated with such bitterness, not only in Arab and Muslim countries, but across the developing world - seems almost entirely absent." Guardian/UK, 12 September 2001

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