Here is the question:
Here are two clues:
1. They still call us Crusaders.
2. We supported Usama Bin Laden against the Russians in Afghanistan.
Here is the answer:
The Egyptian Empire, the Roman Empire, the Crusaders, the British Empire, the French, the Soviet Union, Germans, (the 3rd Reich) Russians, Italians etc. all did for a while or tried to do the same things in the Middle East:
1. Set up puppet governments
2. Establish military bases
3. Control the resources
And now we are trying to do the same thing.
It has usually been disguised as something else:
1. Bring civilization to the poor savages
2. Bring Christianity to the poor heathens
3. Bring the benefits of citizenship to the barbarians
The current disguise (George Bush 's) is to bring Democracy to the poor helpless, oppressed, backward, 3rd World, stupid Arabs.
Cordoba and Granada Spain (Muslim cities) had indoor plumbing when Paris and London were clusters of mud huts.
Even our allies, the British, during the Second World War, referred to us as "Over Paid, Over Sexed, Over Here ".
About now is a good time for another question:
Why else would they hate us?