First, Omaha, could you please explain what you would like to see American citizens do to avoid these attacks? What could we have done to thwart this plot?
I think that Americans are still very much aware of 9/11, much thanks to the current administration's constant reminders, and we still operate (especially voting-wise) as if an attack is imminent. For instance, I cannot tell you the amount of times someone has told me that if we leave Iraq, then the terrorists will "come over here."
VHawk15 wrote:Yeah, this plan thankfully never got off the ground.
And yes, these are South American terrorists. We are hated virtually everywhere.
I dont see how you can make such a sweeping statement. South Americans have hated us since Teddy Roosevelt's presidency and his bully foreign policy tactics.
I believe that there are relatively few countries left on the globe whose respect and admiration for our country outweighs their antipathy for it. You are naive to think otherwise. In a survey conducted in 2006 by the Pew Research Center, the majority of citizens polled in the following countries held a favorable opinion towards the United States:
The United States
Countries such as Lebanon, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan, Germany, China, the Netherlands, and France all had unfavorable ratings nearing or exceeding 60%.
Europe's hatred of us is more intellectual, the Middle East's hatred is overwhelming, and the hatred in Asia and South America (see: Chavez) is on the rise. I mean, I suppose Australia and Antarctica weren't polled, but are you seriously trying to argue that hatred of America is either nonexistent or stagnant? That Iraq and the Bush Doctrine has not affected our global reputation?
It's like alcoholism, maddog. The only way we can hope to mitigate this problem is to admit that it exists.