Muslim Hatred and Military Misconduct
A frequent refrain is that Muslims hate America for its freedoms. While there is undoubtedly a large Muslim constituency that hates freedom of any kind, there is another contributing factor to these people's hatred.
The main contributing factor is this: The behavior of American military personnel while they are in those countries. They have made complete asses of themselves, blowing up civilians and hiring mercenaries to blow up still more civilians. And the memories that people there have of Americans are going to be colored by the asinine behavior on the part of American troops.
Which, of course, will give credibility to those among Muslims who hate not only America but freedom, tolerance, women rights, free speech and of course the Western Civilization.
Australians have a better idea. The Australian soldiers in Afghanistan have been building schools and teaching people trades. The Australians will be remembered much better than will the Americans. There is much culturally in common between America and Australia; but we do not see Muslims on a large scale howling about Australia - or for that matter about Europe, where social freedoms are more advanced than in either America or Australia. That is because the Australians and the Europeans haven't been hiring mercenaries to kill hundreds of thousands of people or slaughtering unarmed, unthreatening civilians from gunships. So while the person who hates freedom would be expected to hate Australians and Europeans as much as he will hate Americans, the regular Middle Easterner will look at their behavior and find on their part a much better conduct. On which basis he will have more reason to hate America and much less reason to hate Australia or Europe, where there is more social freedom than there is in America -and whose soldiers do not run around shooting Middle Eastern people for sport.
The worse the misconduct of American troops, the stronger the case of freedom-haters. The more responsible and generous the conduct, the better impression they have of America, the less becomes the case of the freedom-haters. The American troops who behave like scumbags only create more work for future American military personnel while rendering less credible the case of the reasonable moderates in Middle East who don't hate America and want their countries to prosper. And while that results in greater need for military engagement, it costs vastly in lives and money when a more intelligent policy will strive for reduction in waste of both.
American military needs to get a grip on itself and look intelligently at what it is doing. If they are going to go around slaughtering unthreatening civilians in large numbers, they will be leaving behind horrible memories of themselves that will continue to stoke hatred. The obvious result of that would be more terrorism, more fanaticism, more suffering and more threats to America itself. Whereas if they conduct themselves like human beings, more people in the region will think well of America and would do better things with themselves than fomenting Islamofascism.
American soldiers during the Second World War behaved in a much better manner than do the soldiers today. They left good impression of Americans all around the world, resulting in many places respecting America and wanting to be allied with it. There is no reason why Americans today cannot do what they did generations ago and behave like gentlemen rather than like sadistic brutes.
It is only when Americans in Middle East behave like gentlemen that fewer Middle Easterners will find credible the arguments of Islamofascists, and more will be willing to seek a peaceful coexistence with America.