Most Americans are appalled at how primitively fundamentalist some Middle Easterners are. Yes, some are extremely primitive. But by far the greater causes of terrorism are the primitive and fundamentalist aspects of America and Western Civilization.
After all, historically, it's Western Civilization's brutal intolerance that forced the Jews to create a country in the Middle East — Israel — to find safe refuge. And the existence, and US military support, of Israel are some of the main reasons much of the Middle East hates America. Even today, America harbors large numbers of virulent anti-Semites.
In addition, America is so primitive that we're fundamentalist hostages of an 18th century economic theory that requires ever more oil to fuel ever more economic growth. Thus we must attack Iraq with its second largest deposit of oil on earth and occupy Kuwait. Thus we maintain military bases in 11 other Middle Eastern countries, according to the No Bases Network. Eleven! And that's not including our evisceration of Afghanistan and collateral killing of thousands of Pakistani civilians with heartless predator drones. Meanwhile, because of the same fanatical worship of capitalism, we won't even provide basic health care for tens of millions of our own people.
Once America withdraws our ignorance from the Middle East, Middle Easterners will be able to better appreciate areas in which America is superbly advanced and tolerant, and the terrorists will stop attacking us.
— Bill Branyon