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From: Verdant ( -
Subject: I can understand it
Date: February 10, 2003 at 11:47 am PST

In Reply to: Hatred, Anger, and Fear posted by Scott on February 6, 2003 at 3:30 pm:

Because I think we all fear something. I think if we can understand the anger and rage of many Middle Easterners toward the US, we should also be able to understand the anger and rage many US folks have for the Middle East. All cultures and subcultures have many, many facets to them. But only certain ones get shown by the media.

Middle Eastern news shows US citizens as licentious, dirty, shopping-crazy slobs.

Our news show Middle Easterners as all bloodthirsty suicide bombers.

Is it any wonder that there is so much misunderstanding?

Its all about fear. When is the last time you stepped into another culture that was very different than your own, long enough to make a friend? If you're like most Americans, the answer is probably never. But since you're on this board, you're obviously NOT like most Americans, but you get my point.

I will be honest in that the Middle East scares me because of the constant propaganda machine. It's hard for me to get over the fact that all Middle Easterners are rabid homophobes that would kill me if I were to let their way of life spread around the globe. That was a joke, but sometimes I do have that thought blip in my head. I realize what's going on, and I try to resist that mode of thinking. It's one reason why I chose not to get a tv in my current apartment when my neighbors bought a new one and decided to give me their cast off.

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