Akin to the Finns during WW2?But it takes two to tango. American geoploitics is more akin to the Third Reich than these small groups. These people are more akin to the Finns during WW2, as they resorted to the definitions of terrorism to resist Nazi occupation. The Nazi government forcibly occupied the territory of other countries in order to push their own BETTER viewpoints.
The Nazi government forcibly occupied the territory of other countries in order to conquer these countries, steal their wealth, use their people for slave labor, when not mass-murdering them, advance their brand of extreme nationalistic Aryan Supremecy and fascism. The Nazis wanted a Superior Race - theirs - to rule the world.
If we were Nazis, we wouldn't want Iraq to rule itself democratically. We would dig lots of very big holes in the desert, then bulldoze the bodies of 25 million 'inferior raced' darkies into them.
There is no comparison and what an insult to Finns!
Al Qaeda only recently begun to cite the Palestinian cause because it saw a recruitment opportunity, not because it particularly gives a sh-t about the Palestinian cause. It managed to become an accomplished international terrorist group long before it ever cited US support for Israel as being among the reasons it hates the US. Islamic extremism has little to do with the US, it has to do with hopelessly failed Islamic societies and misplaced frustration for those failures.
These societies have been unmitigated failures in the modern world precisely because of the repressive and fundamentalist religious beliefs. The United States is not responsible for that.
Well, on second thought, I suppose you could argue that if the world weren't modernizing, if it remained the backwards and repressive world it was 200 years ago, then by comparison these Islamic societies wouldn't be 'failures'. Instead, they'd be just your average repressive theocratic society, like so many others; backwards, fearful, distrusting, closed, and impoverished.
So shame on the advancement of open societies, economic prosperity, secular governments, and democracy, being the bane to humanity that they are. We all secretly desire to live in a place like Taliban ruled Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.