Lets examine this from a purely psychological stand point here. Like most Americans I am glued to the various news organizations lately, I want to keep up with what exactly is going on and what we as a nation may be facing in the future, and what our kids will face in the comming decades.
I was watching today and I saw correspondant ‘A’ who is Arab interviewing some people ‘protesting’ in the streets of Islamabad. I have to say he, and his crew must have been pretty brave to do this…Anyway, whilst he was interviewing one man, there were teenagers and young adults making faces and acting absurdly in the back round. Correspondant ‘A’ asked the man he was interviewing [who looked to be in his mid thirties] “…what is your take on the whole situation unfolding here in Pakistan?..”
The man replied, “…this is turning into the exact thing Bin Laden wants, people are looking for a cause to support because the infrastructure here has been dwindling for many many years…If the US kills Bin Laden hundreds of other Bin Ladens will rise and fight…It was a tragety for all the ‘innocent’ Americans to be killed by a terrorist act…but why respond with terrorism?..People are VERY suceptable to propaganda, and this anti-American propaganda has been around Pakistan for years…Most of these children do not know who bin laden is or what he stands for…They simply hear and see the bombing of Afghanistan on the radio and news…”
When asked by correspondant ‘A’ why he was there…reply…“because I stand for Islam and there needs to be a voice here for peace, not for murder…”
I thought this very very intersting. On the one hand there are militant islamics who are watching all this on TV who are, for the most part, following a lead, not knowing exactly what is true and what isn’t. Then on the other hand there there are intelligent, intellectual Muslims who are watching with fear as this unfolds, thinking, most of these young peoples do not even know why they are out here, or more importantly why they hate all Americans.
This is a scary thought, that the minds of some, in a ‘religion that promots peace’ are getting so scewed.
Is it simply something/someone to follow?
Is it a genuine hatred?
Do people think that of the Billion Muslims they are all harboring hatred, or are most just waiting for this to end, and a better system be put in place?
If let alone…post bombing…how will they react, how will most sharp minded Muslims want to live? In poverty? Under a sadistic dictator?
If another attack happens on American soil, or to American interests, when will enough be enough? Will the majority of Muslims, and heads of Muslim states say “…OK enough is enough, lets initiate reform, lets come up with a system that fosters spiritual growth, and lets respect human life for what it is, a creation of GOD…” Will this be said, could this be said…?
Most of the heads of state for Muslim countries ‘on a whole’ agree that what happened to the Americans, to the innocent is a travesty, and the fight for terrorism to end should be fought…as long as the US does not show too much muscle…
When do we think this will happen?
Will Americans continue to live in fear? Doubt it.
Will more attacks happen? most likely…
Lets discuss the rationale…
appologies for any spelling errors, I wrote this as a thought, not as an exactity