They hate us for our freedoms 8

An interesting commentary from McClatchey today. Two recent novels describe the changed life of Pakistanis living in America after 9/11. They chronicle “integrated, happy immigrants”, who are driven back to their Islamist roots by the drumbeat hatred sponsored by the government and mainstream media. The commentator holds up failed NYC bomber Faisal Shahzad as a real life example. That’s one side of the coin.

The other side is the word (from US investigators) that, in addition to having his personal life disrupted, Shahzad was angry at US for attacks on his tribal homeland, and that he had help from a small, formerly domestic, PK Taliban group. The PK govt says their investigations don’t confirm the report of a Taliban link. But let’s assume they are correct. What are the implications of this coin for US policy? Well, it’s payback.

For those who can’t connect the dots, we are driving people who love America (because of our freedoms) into the hands of groups who hate America. In this case, they don’t hate us for our freedoms, they hate us primarily because the American war in AF has spilled over into PK, and is being conducted in the same heavy-handed we-got-’em-let’s-launch-’em approach that proved so unsuccessful so far in AF. Is anyone surprised at this?

If we’d just get out of Afghanistan, and let it return to its own medieval lifestyle, we’d be far better off, and we could go back to towing cars out of Times Square for parking violations, rather than closing down the theater district.

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