R42, you have no idea... They don't hate westernes because they're westernes and for their freedom, that's the most ridiculous lie ever invented. It's hilarious that US politicians could really say that and be taken seriously...
...especially after more than 50 years of involvement in the Middle East to get control of the oil and for other "national" interets (see: military industrial complex. That Eisenhower warned would become too powerful...).
America, the mighty superpower, thinks they can go and mess around in poorer countries without there being consequences. You know the most sure way to strengthen religion in a country? To have a common foreign enemy. Bush knew that all too well, too.
It should be considered fortunate that far from everyone down there has the revenge mentality. Most are just normal people trying to make a living. The war came to their countries (based on lies, and not even properly declared by congress, a legal war, as it should be according to the constitution), claiming too many innocent lives, caused destruction, made them poorer, "we destroyed your country, we'll help you rebuild it, you gotta pay us though" (defense contractors very, very happy, and everyone who invests in defense companies... among them congressmen. Congressional insider trading)... while the rich superpower USA and its people suffered no consequenses, living safe and happy in their homes. And still, after everything, most Americans don't understand or have any empathy with civilians in those countries. They're just born evil muslims. What do you think an angry, crazy with grief parent of a dead child thinks? Especially about a child killed in the utterly meaningless and deceitful war on Iraq?! Al Qaeda was to blame. Hardly anyone protests the use of drones, that has already killed hundreds of children in Pakistan and Yemen. But whatever, right. It couldn't possibly be the most ancient, primal instinct of the human, revenge, that drives them.
Funny how every terrorist or attempted terrorist the last years claims "revenge" as their reason, then.
From the article linked:
In the last several years, there have been four other serious attempted or successful attacks on US soil by Muslims, and in every case, they emphatically all say the same thing: that they were motivated by the continuous, horrific violence brought by the US and its allies to the Muslim world - violence which routinely kills and oppresses innocent men, women and children:
Greenwald lists attempted "underwear bomber" Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, attempted Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, attempted New York City subway bomber Najibullah Zazi and Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as examples.
"If the United States does not get out of Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries controlled by Muslims, Shahzad said during his guilty plea. "We will be attacking [the] U.S."
But Americans "they hate us for our freedom and our wealth, they live in ugly poor countries, radical islam, they should all worship at our feet at the same time as we kill as many of them as possible because they're evil muslims and we want revenge for 9/11, shoot to kill, people are born evil. if a country places military bases around us and took economic advantage of our country we'd not accept it because we're the best, but if we do it to others it's okay because...we're the best"
When you judge them look in the mirror too. America is a great country, but it's also a spoiled bully child who doesn't even see the consequenses of what they do. Also there's a reason the most peaceful countries on Earth are so; they respect the justice system and treats criminals fairly, fair trials, ask questions first THEN shoot, the government is in the service of the PEOPLE and owes them trust, not corporations.