Radical Islamists hate US foreign policy

Report of the US Defense Science Board Task Force on Strategic Communication September 2004 (PDF)
Joi Ito blogs – “The report also explains that it is not America’s freedoms that they hate (as many Americans believe), but America’s foreign policy.”


Personal note: Americans have always thought that their “democratic” ways was the right way and that everyone should be similarly founded. Unfortunately, not every country can support a democratic way, and not have the capitalistic basis to drive for it. Look at how Russia fell, and even now, cannot be as powerful as they used to be. Germany however had the capitalistic basis to move into the democratic role. It just depends on how advanced the country is. Iraq isn’t ready, which is why we’re having so many issues there. Instead of forcing our way of life, try to help their way of life become better.

  • You mean we can’t just impose our OTW on others? You mean their totality — their economics, religious beliefs, ways of life — have to be taken into account? You mean we can’t just invade a country and force democracy as we know it on them? I had *no* idea.
    (removing tongue from cheek)

  • You mean we can’t just impose our OTW on others? You mean their totality — their economics, religious beliefs, ways of life — have to be taken into account? You mean we can’t just invade a country and force democracy as we know it on them? I had *no* idea.
    (removing tongue from cheek)

  • darkmoon

    Yeah, well, you know. I THOUGHT that was a pretty obvious thing, but obviously some people don’t GET it.

  • darkmoon

    Yeah, well, you know. I THOUGHT that was a pretty obvious thing, but obviously some people don’t GET it.