Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Curious Item #8 -- Terrorists' Hatred of Americans

Terrorists hatred of Americans doesn't get nearly the play in news coverage that it used to. And like Ron Livingston says in Swingers, after a while you kind of miss that pain (or at least the things people would attribute to otherwise nondescript "terrorists").

Don't get me wrong. This is a good thing. I'm incredibly thankful our country has managed thus far to avoid another 9/11. And to you brave men, women and bomb-sniffing robots who've helped achieve this, I am forever indebted.

We also haven't seen much from Osama Bin Laden in a while (also a good thing), though another threatening audio tape from him did surface in June. Speaking of, yes, it is scary. But also, it raises the question, why is this guy still using tapes? (bonus CQ!) How threatening/powerful can he be if the basic, digital power of the PC eludes him and his support staff?

Yet, the fact remains (I'm sure) that he continues to represent a dangerous and hateful sect of people -- people who hate us for who we are, what we are and where we are. And some of that will never change.

So, (CQ) why do terrorists (or any foreign group of people really) continue to hate us? I believe it's because of this.

We, the richest and most powerful nation of the past two centuries, built a symbolic room in a symbolic residence and said "You know what? We don't need right angles." How's that for bull-headed Americanism.

We can't figure out how the pyramids were built, but who cares? We're awesome, and we're going to eschew millennia of conventional construction and design knowledge. Just throw it out the elliptical-shaped window.

No wonder people think we're assholes.

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