Many of the over 1.5 billion Arabs and Moslems of the world hate us and wish us harm. Why? Is this a response to something we have done, or is this just part of their nature?
Historically, the Arabs and Moslems were our best friends. Until 1979 Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan together joined the United States and the United Kingdom in a military alliance (CENTO) against the Soviet Union. What happened to destroy this spirit of cooperation? Does the present state of antagonism serve our interests? Is this the way it will always be in the future? Is there anyway back?
A brief History of the Middle East:
First, let's briefly review the recent major events that shaped the relationships between the Arab/Moslem countries and the West in general and the United States in particular.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, the West (mainly the United Kingdom and France) managed to divide the Arabs/Moslems lands they inherited from the Ottoman Empire into small kingdoms and Sheikdoms. They created nonsensical artificial borders separating the people from each other and appointed kings and undemocratic leaders, of their -- not the people ' s -- choosing to secure access to the vast oil resources in the region. Their main policy was " Divide and Conquer ' . Naturally, the West became very friendly with the kings and sheikhs that ruled the oil-rich kingdoms there. They never paid much attention to what the people in the region wanted.
When the British could not maintain their control over their colonies in the region, the United States replaced them as the foremost imperial power in the Middle East and beyond. We continued to maintain our hegemony in the region by cementing alliances with kings, strong dictators and other despotic leaders to maintain stability and secure the oil resources. We supported Mubarak in Egypt, King Faisal in Iraq, the various Emirs in the Gulf kingdoms, Ben Ali in Libya, king Abdullah in Jordan " etc. We are still supporting kings in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and Morocco " etc. as we speak.
Next came our fear of the spread of communism. This fear induced us to support anti-communist forces in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and other countries surrounding the Soviet Union. After the Soviets were forced to retreat, the forces that we originally supported in Afghanistan against the Soviets turned their arms against us. They used the equipment and training their acquired from us to fight us and the governments we supported. That is the origin of our lengthy war in Afghanistan.
In the 1950 ' s, when Iran installed a democratically elected government that planned to nationalize the Iranian oil industry, the United States was quick to plot against it. The US government concocted a military coup and installed a despotic king of our choosing: the Shah of Iran to run the country. Although the majority of the Iranian people reviled him, he served US interests well until he was later deposed in an Islamic revolution. That Islamic leadership still rules Iran today, and the friendly relations with the US were terminated. It never recovered. Many Americans will remember the American hostage crisis and the failed attempts by President Carter to rescue our hostages?
None of the leaders we supported in any of the " countries ' we created or supported was beloved or even selected by his own people. As the poor and uneducated populations in these countries grew more aware of what was going on in the rest of the World through borderless communications and the use of social media, they began to revolt against their West-supported despots. They began to demand their dignity and political rights in what was described in the West as the " Arab Spring ' . In the process, the Arabs/Moslems realized that the West, and particularly the United States, were the real forces behind those dictators, whether they were kings or army officers. Hatred for the United States and the West began to grow and got established in their minds.