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Re: US foreign policies
Posted By: wintermute, on host
Date: Friday, September 21, 2001, at 01:45:18
In Reply To: US foreign policies posted by jon on Thursday, September 20, 2001, at 14:25:46:

> Hi all, have a question, hoping for some enlightenment...I've never posted here before but it would appear that the majority of you are fairly rational beings, so I figured you may have an answer :)

Hmmm.... Sounds like us.

> Anyways - in a lot of the more liberal editorials etc, there have been accusations that the US is to blame for the WTC attacks because of its past "foreign policies". But the policies in question are rarely mentioned. Besides the obvious one of supporting Israel (which I fully support), what are these policies that have supposedly brought about this attack? It may be that some exist, but personally I feel these columnists are overemphasizing them to the point of ridicule, as if the US should take the sole blame for the attacks. I was arguing today with a friend about what the US response should be, and she again brought up the foreign policies of the US - I asked her to elaborate, give some concrete examples, and she couldn't.
> Does anyone here have any insight?
> I am willing to be proved wrong, but not with only vague ramblings of foreign policy...

It's also annoyed me a lot, when people have said "America brought this on herself". Yes, I agree that America could have made decisions that would have made this less likely (though I doubt anyone would have seen them for that at the time), but that hardly puts the blame on them. I mean, if I were to get burgled, I wouldn't say "Oh, it's my own fault. If I hadn't bought that expensive TV, this would never have happened."

I've seen a couple of pundits blame it on the fact that Ralph Nader lost the last election, but as I have no idea what his foreign policies might be, I don't know what they mean by that. Any US politicos want to answer that for me?

America has certainly made mistakes in foreign policy, but so has every country on Earth, and it hardly excuses actions like these.

> Thanks,
> --jon

winter"No problem"mute

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