TorontoSun.com - Toronto And GTA - Hatred blinds U.S. to truth: Journalist
Four years after 9/11 and the 'crazy zeitgeist' that permeated the United States, most Americans have still not learned to know their enemies instead of just hating them, U.S. political journalist Chris Matthews says.
In a speech to political science students at the University of Toronto yesterday, the host of the CNBC current affairs show Hardball had plenty of harsh words for U.S. President George W. Bush, as well as the political climate that has characterized his country for the past few years.
'The period between 9/11 and Iraq was not a good time for America. There wasn't a robust discussion of what we were doing,' Matthews said.
'If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil -- they just have a different perspective.'
He said Bush squandered an opportunity to unite the world against terrorism and instead made decisions that have built up worldwide animosity against his administration. "
Wow. What a genius. Chris Matthews should go to Iraq, and talk to Zarqawi, or go to Pakistan to meet Bin Laden. They're reasonable men, I'm sure. and killing 4,000 innocent men, women and children of all creeds, colors, and nationalities on 9/11 was just a different perspective. If we "unite the world against terrorism", what does that mean? He assumes everyone agrees it's wrong. I don't think the Taliban or Saddam would have agreed. So what if Canada or France agree- they won't do anything anyway. They'll make speechs the Jihadis will laugh at. Maybe we should have tried to understand Hitler's perspective as well? What a fool.
Sometimes I am sad when people refuse to see that war has been declared ON US! Bin Landen did so many times before 9/11. He's never hidden his desire to kill all non-muslims and create a caliphate that spans the globe, and kill all gays and feminists and create a Taliban style regime. Why do people continue to want to negotiate with a man who says no negotiation is possible? All I know is that this war against militant Islam will not end, until one side is defeated? Why? Because the Jihadis will never give up. Not until they are all dead. And if we go antiwar and stop fighting them, they won't stop killing us. And eventually we'll get mad again and respond. Or we'll give up and all convert to Islam (unlikely)