After 9/11 we were loathe to ask the question, "Why do the terrorists hate us and what do they want?" There was no excuse for what they did. Who gives a fuck what those bastards want? We were spoon-fed reasons such as "they hate democracy" and "they hate freedom" which, in our grief, we nodded slowly and agreed. We were told that the monster was something called "Islamic Fundamentalism" and we agreed as Muslims planted bombs in Indonesia, Madrid, and London. We saw things that we knew were evil, the indiscriminate killing of civilians and the rule of nations that based their laws on religious doctrine. Then came the Iraq war. We killed thousands of Iraqis, many of them civilians, and toppled a leader who was despicable, but who kept religious fundamentalism in check, albeit through ruthless oppression. Now he is gone and religious sectarian violence is running rampant. Israel invades Lebanon (with the blessing of the US) and lays waste to the land killing hundreds of civilians. The Israelis were the victims of terrorism. Shouldn't they have the right to defend themselves? But now we have to ask the question, in the eyes of the terrorists and their supporters, are we no better than the men who flew the airplanes into buildings on 9/11? What do they see when they look at the US? They see a ruling party supported by the Religious Right. They see that it is alright to kill hundreds to "get the point across."
Where am I going with this? The message is simple. End the hypocrisy! All intolerance based on religious fundamentalism should stop! Indiscriminate killing to bring about change should end! We have to get our own house in order before we start complaining about the neighbors.