Why do they hate us?
Why did they bomb Boston? Why did they do it? Why did they change from seemingly nice guys into monstrous, cruel terrorists? I think everyone has been asking that in the last few days.
The news commentators flooded us with these questions and some even offered answers. Some blame Al Qaida or some kind of radical Muslim group, some blame domestic right wing terrorists, some the tea party, the list goes on and on. Most are hoping to get answers from the living bomber as to why they did it and whether they had help. We all wait for that report. Most want someone to blame!
But I too have been thinking about this all week along with other issues that have come out. It was interesting to hear the bombers’ friends describing them from high school days. They thought the guys were as normal as them, and were surprised they could do this deed. Were they influenced by a foreign terror group and taught to set bombs? They may have, but I have another opinion to offer.
My question is why do people living here hate America? I believe many people right here encourage this hatred, not discourage it. Colleges are part of the blame. Columbia hired Kathy Boudin, a Weather Underground terrorist who just got out of prison, as a professor. Another terrorist, Bill Ayers is a retired University of Illinois professor and a “distinguished Professor” as well. Minnesota State in Mankato recently named him as that too and welcomed him to speak at the college. And he was a bomber too! Rev Wright, Obama’s pastor from Chicago, became famous for his remarks about America during his sermons.
Then I read some articles on high school education programs currently in place. Most notable was an article about a Corpus Christi elementary school doing a teaching on 911 to its students. The article had a sample question from the final quiz about the why they bombed us. The correct answer was that America has done some dastardly things to other countries and they are mad! We live in a country that has free speech so we allow all kinds of ideas. Education encourages exploration of ideas and hopefully develops the thinking skills to sort them out and find the best ones. Yes, I believe many educators have political ideologies that I don’t believe should be taught; they should be discussed from both sides. That could be explored further and is by many.
My thinking is that we may have part of the answer to our question of why? I fear that if you come to America from countries that hate us that you will only be encouraged to hate America more! If you are a young impressionable student, it may be in style to hate America too, even if you didn’t when you enrolled! If we teach kids that we America is bad some will believe it. They should add that even in spite of some things we have done wrong that we are still the best country in the world!
I shouls also add that we have right-wing America haters too. Timothy McVeeigh may be the best example of a right wing terrorist. And many right wingers make severe criticisms that hurt America too. Their intentions may be honest, as the others, but what do they promote?
I’m just thinking on paper. I hope this gets others thinking too!