It has been nearly 15 years since our country was attacked on 9/11. I’m sure you can remember exactly where you were, who you were with, and what you were doing. I know I can.
I often wonder about our response to 9/11 and what could and should have been done differently. What if we hadn’t invaded Iraq? What if our involvement in the Middle East had decreased, instead of increased? It’s hard to say how things might be different.
It is almost certain that the destabilization of Iraq and Syria and the formation of the ISIS would either not have occurred or would not have occurred in such a fast and massive movement. Our failed foreign policy in Iraq, which we invaded under the lie that they had WMD’s and may have had something to do with 9/11, led in many ways to the direct formation of ISIS. It also led to an increased hatred of the West in the eyes of many Middle Easterners. I’m sure you have all heard, “they hate us for our freedom”. And I’m here to tell you that’s an outdated lie. They hate us for what we constantly subjected them to: occupation, war, and torment.
The United States thinks it is much better at foreign policy than it really is and most constituents follow along blindly assuming that we’re doing we can to help the world. Are we really? What are our motivations in getting involved in different countries abroad? Are they humanitarian in nature, or more self-serving. Could they be both?
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