The kerfuffle over the Libyan mess continues, as shown here (click) in which Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speech writer, is one of the few sane ones.
Did I just say that about Noonan? It’s come to that.
The riots all over aren’t about Obama, or some stupid video, or even Israel. The United States — or at least Americans — has/have been in the Middle East since 1820 telling the occupants that their religion was wrong and trying to show them how they ought to live. We were the white city on the hill and all they needed to do was get educated enough to see that, then totally abandon their religion and 2,000 years of cultrual development to do things the way we do.
Really, isn’t that obvious?
Can’t really blame the locals there for resenting it. Their current methods of disagreeing with us suck, but really, would you like it if they came here and tried to change us? Even if they built schools and medical clinics, would you then accept their contention that your religion was wrong and your culture was backwards?
Of course not, and after 200 years you’d probably be sick of it, to the point that any minor insult, any excuse, would be all it took to set you off.
Doesn’t excuse the violence, doesn’t apologize for the past, but only through understanding the past can we have hope of changing the future.