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MIDEAST: Get US troops out of Islamic countries

Letter by L.H. Smith, University Place on April 10, 2013 at 11:09 am | No Comments »
April 10, 2013 1:02 pm

Many of the talking heads on conservative media outlets are fond of saying that Muslim terrorists “hate our freedom.” There probably are many devout Muslims who disapprove of Western morality when it comes to our permissive society, but Muslim terrorists have a different reason: They are tired of our meddling in their countries’ affairs.

Take Iran, for example. Back in the 1950s, our CIA and British intelligence overthrew a democratically elected prime minister and installed a monarch, the shah, in his place. The shah was a tyrant, and he was eventually overthrown in 1979 by a Muslim religious zealot. Iranians may have replaced a secular tyranny with a religious tyranny, but it was their choice in response to the West’s interference in Iran’s government.

After all these years of attempting to run the internal affairs of Islamic nations, maybe it’s time for the United States to take a different approach. Let’s withdraw our forces from all Islamic countries and let them run their countries.

It’s also time to declare neutrality in the struggles between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel is not our 51st state, and it’s about time it survived on its own without our support.

Withdrawing from the Middle East is the best way to win the war on terror because it removes the primary source of strife between us and the Islamic world: our interventions. It’s not our freedom that they hate. It’s the meddling in their nations’ affairs that is the cause of the Muslims’ enmity toward us.

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