XXXXX wrote:F*ck the rest of the world at this point...the USA has always led or decided most of the international decisions in the last 100 years. With a few notable exceptions, most countries are not supporting us anyway.
And it is precisely that attitude--that nasty tone of arrogance--that makes us so hated around the world, that causes people to want to commit terrorist acts against us. One might almost say that we got exactly what was coming to us. If you side with the conservatives, then you must surely also be one to follow Christian religious teachings. And what do those teachings tell you about the need for humility?
I happen to agree that the USSR is better off gone--it was a system plagued with corruption and gross abuses of power. Likewise, I would love to see the collapse of all the other rotten governments of the world, from the Chinese (I was born there; it's amazing how much brainwashing that government does to its people) to the Taliban to the government in North Korea that's starving its population in favor of even more military development.
So YES, things need to be done. But HOW? You keep claiming that Bush is right in what he's doing, but you are missing the critical point. He pursues a good goal, but it's done in the WRONG way!
In our crusade against the bastardized form of Communism of the USSR, we, on multiple occassions, toppled governments, only to replace them with even more hideous and corrupt ones. Where was our sense of moral dignity when we decry that the Soviet-style governments are bad and then replace them with an even worse government (but one that is anti-Soviet?). Where is our moral high ground when we use force? The use of military force should be considered only as an absolute LAST RESORT, but we seem to have no qualms freely using it.
The simple truth is, we're corrupt, too. Not as corrupt as the places that we're trying to topple, but nevertheless corrupt. We don't always do the right things, and whether you like to admit it or not, a lot of times, we do things not because it's right, but because it's in our own personal selfish interest. And THAT is the problem--we are arrogant and hypocritical. We make lofty claims to some moral high ground to justify what we do when we are also guilty of unsavory things. And THAT is what needs to be addressed. Our poor image, our poor public relation, and our lack of humility.
This is where Bush goes wrong. Instead of fixing things, he's making them much worse. So here's my suggestion for how to fight terrorism...
1/ Don't be so bloody quick to jump to military action! War is a last resort, and should be viewed as a FAILURE by us to do things right (i.e., peacefully)... sure, Bush said that he was hoping for a peaceful solution, but he certainly didn't bother to even give off that impression... his attitude was that of someone who had already decided on war before even pursuing peace--he lacked sincerity
2/ Don't be so arrogant. Be sensitive other other country's concerns. Instead of dismissing them, ADDRESS them. Instead of blowing others off, explain your position! The US seems very dictatorial in this respect. Instead of doing things democratically, we just go off and do whatever the hell we want. This worsens the situation, and it also makes it such that when we do need a democratic consensus (like getting the UN to support us), people will be less likely to do so since we've shown DISRESPECT and DISREGARD for other countries... we shouldn't expect respect from others if we don't give them any respect
3/ Admit to past mistakes. Apologize. Just about every other country have apologized for what they've done. Why can't we? Biting a bit of pride can go a long ways to re-restablishing respect and credibility, and that is really what this "war on terrorism" is all about. It's about us.