Why They Don't Hate Us
By Christopher Orlet
Published 8/24/2006 12:06:25 AM
Of the dozens of "Why They Hate Us" articles I've read since 2001, by far the most incredible appeared in last week's L.A. Times. This version was courtesy of the fevered imagination of Julie E. Sweig, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. In her trademark blame-America-first format, Ms. Sweig ticks off the now familiar list of reasons why "they hate us." Never mind that she doesn't bother saying who "they" are. They never do.
Topping the list is the Bush Administration's go-it-alone "tough talk" after 9/11. Apparently the other 19 countries -- and NATO -- that supported our efforts to root out the Taliban and Al Qaeda after 9/11 count for nothing. (If so, that's reason to hate us right there.) In the Iraq War 49 countries publicly committed to the coalition. If that's going it alone, exactly how many hundreds -- or thousands -- of countries does it take to build a coalition? Ms. Sweig faults the president for his tough-talking leadership after the terror attacks of 9/11. Perhaps she would have had Mr. Bush offer an olive branch to Osama bin Laden? Or a white flag perhaps?
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