Does the US bring jihad on itself?

I’m pretty sure Chris Matthews is going to get some blowback from what he said today about the US’ ongoing involvement in the Middle East, the new specter of our involvement in the Syrian civil war, now that we say they’ve used chemical weapons against their own people, and why it is that Islamists keep targeting our country.

The silly-season people will try to claim that Matthews said we deserved to be hit. He said no such thing. He did say that we’re hated, a lot, by Islamists, and it’s not just because of our wonderful freedom (my words, not his). In large part, it’s because every time we get involved in a war, it’s a war against Arabs (or Muslims). And after a while, that starts to sends a message, intended or not.

Chris-MatthewsNow, the counter argument is that, yeah, we keep getting into wars with Arabs because their region of the world is the most troubled – at least the most troubled that has strategic implications for our country (Africa is troubled, less strategic).

Nonetheless, the message a lot of people see is that we keep attacking the same people, Matthews argues. It’s an interesting argument. And I’m sure he’ll be excoriated by the usual suspects. But his larger point about how nine out of ten times it’s better to not get involved in these international skirmishes is one worth pondering.

We watched this gory hanging, this absurd hanging, of Saddam Hussein, while these thugs went about this thing on television. We watched this, on our watch. And because of us, we gave them the power to do this to the guy. Okay, you start making the big time moral decisions like that, saying these are the good guys, these are the bad guys. I think it’s very dangerous.

I have to admit, I’m a Vietnam era guy. I’m always suspicious of foreign involvement. Nine out of ten times I say the best move is to let them solve their own problems in the end, as horrible as that may be. As long as Syrians are fighting Syrians that’s better than us fighting Syrians.

And by the way, if we don’t stop killings Arabs on international television one of these days – that’s all we do is kill Arabs on international television, we don’t fight Africans, we don’t fight Europeans, who do we fight, Islamic people, on International television. I think that might have something to do with jihad, don’t you?


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