September 5th, 2014
12:21 AM ET

Why they still hate us, 13 years later

By Fareed Zakaria

Watching the gruesome execution videos, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism is designed to provoke anger, and it succeeded. But in September 2001, it also made me ask, “Why do they hate us?” I tried to answer that question in an essay for Newsweek that struck a chord with readers. I reread it to see what I got right and wrong and what I’ve learned in the past 13 years.

It’s not just al-Qaeda. I began by noting that Islamic terrorism is not the isolated behavior of a handful of nihilists. There is a broader culture that has been complicit or at least unwilling to combat it. Things have changed on this front but not nearly enough.

It’s not an Islam problem but an Arab problem. In the early 2000s, Indonesia was our biggest concern because of a series of terrorist attacks there after 9/11. But over the past decade, jihad and even Islamic fundamentalism have not done well in Indonesia — the largest Muslim country in the world, larger in that sense than Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya and the Gulf states put together. Or look at India, which is right next door to Ayman al-Zawahiri’s headquarters in Pakistan, but very few of its 165 million Muslims are members of al-Qaeda. Zawahiri has announced a bold effort to recruit Indian Muslims, but I suspect it will fail.

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  1. Ferhat Balkan

    Indeed Fareed, there are more than 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. Of those, less than 15% are Arabs. The Arabs have a right to be angry. They've had to deal with constant interference from the West. First it was British colonialism, then by US and Russia. All of them seeking influence in the region as well as having access to the "black gold". As a result, Arabs have been ruled by corrupt leaders who often ended up being puppets. Over time, Arabs realized that they had lost self determination and their freedom. What use to be the "Golden Age of Islam" turned into a vacuum of chaos and uncertainty.
    Nothing can excuse the deaths of the journalists. Journalists in my view are the truth seekers who open our eyes to the realities of everyday life. Without them we're lost... Still, we must deal with the ISIS problem cautiously as well as that of cohesion. This is not a problem that can be solved overnight or within a month or even a year... We must be wise in our approach and be cautious. We cannot afford the same mistakes of the past (such as those committed by JW Bush administration). Just my 2 cents..

    September 5, 2014 at 1:18 am | Reply
    • thank you, Ferhat

      2 billion muslims on planet earth, and all we can think of is: bomb them, bomb them , bomb them....... guys, they are 1/3 rd of all the humans on planet earth............ how about we learn how to WORK with them??? we are flat broke because of all this bombing............. and we don't care?????????

      September 5, 2014 at 4:29 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        I say, bomb them........ yes, we are that dumb........ but they can't fight back. We will never dare t try this bombing crap on somebody our size, like the Chinese........... bullies are always cowards, picking on the smallest kid in the classroom..........

        September 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm |
      • Philip

        Because they believe the Koran which calls Americans "infidels" , and should a handful of American Christians actually invade Holy Lands of Islam, commands Muslims to "slay invading infidels wherever you find them", Ferhat. And the Koran refers to Americans who join with invading infidels as "Renegade" Muslims, and commands Muslims to deal "harshly" with them.
        Not that Jews do nit refer to American children as "gentile dogs".

        September 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm |
      • banasy©

        The Koran mentions Anericans specifically? That Mohammed must have been a prophet.

        September 5, 2014 at 11:22 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        @Philip: It is obvious you haven't ready the Koran. It is very easy to simply grab a short few words out of the book and completely blow it out of context. Fortunately, those who do read the Koran and understand it know that the whole verse has to do more with repentance and forgiveness than killing. It is sad to see that many people like you who are uneducated about Islam presume to know much. If you value knowledge at all, at least take some time and read this:

        September 6, 2014 at 1:42 am |
      • Philip

        Nobody said that the Koran mentions Americans specifically. Any who invade and/or occupy Holy Lands of Islam are called "invading infidels". That would also include Christian forces of America @banasy.
        And yes. Jew Holy Writings refer to non-jewish children as "gentile dogs".
        You are totally ignorant of Scripture.

        September 6, 2014 at 1:45 am |
      • Philip

        Don't play dumb with me, @banasy.
        The Koran calls any who invade holy lands of Islam "invading infidels". US Christians have invaded those lands. You know this to be true.

        September 6, 2014 at 1:48 am |
      • Philip

        Ferhat. The Koran commands Muslims to slay invading infidels of Islamic homelands. Just as any red blooded American would do if foreign armies invaded the USA.
        Whereas God's word The Holy Bible forbids Christians from seeking revenge. Christians are commanded to pray on behalf of their enemies, not travel the globe presumptively killing them.
        The Koran does in fact describe Muslims who side with invading infidels as "Renegade" who care to be dealt with "harshly" when caught. This is irrefutable. For these things are written in the Koran. And in The Bible.

        September 6, 2014 at 1:56 am |
      • banasy©

        It was a joke, Philip.
        I am unknowedgeable of Islamic Scripture. What can I say? I'm not of that faith.

        September 6, 2014 at 9:56 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        I bought, read, and studied a Koran years ago. Every USA citizen should do that–uh, I mean the ones who learned to read while getting their doctorates.

        September 6, 2014 at 11:35 am |
  2. what an awesome analysis by Fareed

    Thank you Fareed Zakaria. I really enjoyed reading this analysis of what is going on in the Middle Eastern politics and the debacle that seems to be never ending in that part of the world! To add to your insight, I would like to say: The "Bedu" Arabs were basically nomadic tribes that rode astride camels, from oasis to oasis, until the 1950's, when oil was discovered and extracted in Saudi, by companies such as Aramco. So, these very simple, nomadic, camel riding humans, that were practicing a few versions of Islam, Wahabism and Sunni Islam, were suddenly forced into a future they could not handle, at a pace they could not handle, and were handed mountains of money, from the proceeds of Crude Oil sales, that they could bury themselves under! No wonder we have the mess we have today. The Oil-Rich Sheikhs at the top, are sickeningly wealthy, while everyone else is controlled by ridiculous and archaic laws from the eleventh century! The Arab has never learned the "tricks" of the western world, and yet, was fast forwarded into it, whether he liked it or not. No wonder they collapse backwards into tribalism, at every hiccup!

    September 5, 2014 at 1:26 am | Reply
    • chrissy

      Thank you! This will help us "ignorant" Americans to understand just how screwed up this whole situation is........ and just bombing them is only going to make things WORSE, for us and for them................ you know, even GOD may refuse to help any of us............. and we will have deserved it!

      September 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        ignorant Americans chrissy? you mean us? nooooooooooooooo............

        September 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm |
    • Xitlali Tomas

      very good description. gracias.

      September 6, 2014 at 1:09 am | Reply
  3. what an awesome analysis by Fareed

    How do we fix the debacle that has resulted in the Arabs (yes a rather large percentage of Syrians and Iraqis are basically Arabs!) running around like lost goats in the Iraqi desert? Definitely NOT by dropping millions of bombs upon their heads! Shame on the West for even wanting to go there!!!!! What is really needed is a 2 fold approach: First off, they need a "reformation" of their religion. Just like the Christians did, in 1516 AD, with the help of Martin Luther. They need a "Martin Luther" to analyze exactly what is troubling them, with all the differences between Suuni, Shia and other such nonsense, and come to brilliant compromises, that can get them to sing in one choros! THEN, the second real fix, is to guide them towards a "renaissance", which means they have to think education, learning, getting those degrees in Science, Math, Technology, Literature, Philosophy, Logic, Medicine........... all the things that made the Europeans great after the Italian Medici figured out this approach, way back in the 14th century. Yes indeed, they need their very own "Medici" to guide them towards knowledge. If we can share these ideas with them, then they will see that our intentions are noble. If all they see is American bombs, they will want to hit back at us with venom in their hearts, and the status quo will never end.

    September 5, 2014 at 1:41 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Are you then suggesting that all Muslims start to chant "Capitalismhu Akbar-er than Allahu Akbar"? It appears that way. Besides, the biggest problem they have is by having bombs upon bombs dropped on their heads. This is the biggest cause of ISIS insanity that there is!!!

      September 5, 2014 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • chrissy

        GP, haven't you heard our new world slogan? "AMERICA BOMBS, BOMBS, BOMBS............ while CHINA BUILDS, BUILDS, BUILDS"........... the plain and simple truth!

        September 5, 2014 at 7:02 pm |
  4. we want Fareed BACK in his spot on the website!

    I vote to please place Fareed Zakaria BACK onto the top right corner of the CNN website "World" Tab. Somebody within CNN quietly and sneakily removed Fareed's GPS link from the World Section Tab! We miss him there! We want him back there! He is truly one of the smartest, most educated, wise and nice persons that we have seen on CNN ever! His knowledge of world affairs makes the rest of you guys at CNN look like Kindergartners!!!!!!!!!!! If it was some sneaky RRR's = Rich Racist Republicans that are basically "war mongers" in sheep's clothing, than all I have to say is: Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!! Are you guys that afraid of Fareed????? That was a very sneaky and very political thing to do.............. WE WANT FAREED BACK IN HIS AWESOME SPOT ON THE CNN WEBSITE WORLD SECTION.................. NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2014 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • rupert

      dude, look what they did to that British guy Piers Morgan. After Sandy Hook happened, in Connecticut, killing 26 kindergartners, Piers spoke out against the "gun lobby", saying America was awash in guns and desperately needed some very strict gun control laws. They quietly fired him and packed him off to England! hmmmm, I wonder who was behind that???

      September 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply
      • Daevid

        Piers was behind that, he couldn't get ratings, even CNN ratings.

        September 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm |
      • Xitlali Tomas

        CNN, can we please have Piers Morgan back? We love him. More than you think. he was a nice gentleman. he was right about gun control issue. killing of so many kindergarten children in elementary school in connecticut, and we did nothing about it? why? so many people are dying for no reason because too many people in usa have guns. same situation in mexico. too many people have guns. killing for no reason. only drugs war. sad. please bring piers morgan back. he was very decent british guy. he was right. too many guns.

        September 6, 2014 at 1:06 am |
      • Mikal Koren

        Face it America. Piers Morgan was "rail roaded" by a bunch of sick gun-toting RRR = rich, racist, republicans. The CNN polls were "created out of fiction" just to get rid of him! More than 200 million Americans absolutely LOVE Piers Morgan. He was a British GENTLEMAN. he had a superb sense of humor. He was a nice guy. He was awesome. And he was absolutely right about us needing strict gun control laws. He was silenced by the gun lobby. plain and simple. And all because he had the GUTS to speak out against them.

        September 6, 2014 at 1:30 am |
    • Daevid

      Fareed is the absolute best at regurgitating what other people have already written.

      September 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm | Reply
      • Mikal Koren

        and you write one liners like this that show your intellectual level? you are not even fit to lick up Fareed's vomit........ ignorant, lost, gun-toting, loser...........

        September 6, 2014 at 1:25 am |
  5. Philip

    Why we would still hate them had they invaded and occupied America, rather.

    September 5, 2014 at 5:40 am | Reply
    • George patton

      Well put, Philip. Anyone with half a brain knows that out current aggressive foreign policies abroad will only generate more hatred than already exists and it's not just the Muslim countries, either. Look at how we're now aggravating the problem in Ukraine. That says it all!!!

      September 5, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply
      • chrissy

        Well said GP. 30 years ago, just 30% of the US economy was linked to our military industrial complex. but after we have given away 50 million jobs to Asia from 1984 – 2014, now 50% of our US economy is linked to our military industrial complex.......... that is just SICK huh???

        September 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm |
      • George patton

        Quite true chrissy, quite true!

        September 5, 2014 at 8:21 pm |
  6. Towel Heads

    Towel Heads is what Towel Heads do.

    September 5, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • chrissy

      Maybe if they take that towel off their heads, they can think a little more clearly? but then, we Americans have our US military industrial complex completely sitting on our heads, block our vision, and emptying our wallets.......... I guess it's a case of "A bully is what a bully does........... " SHAME ON US!!!!!!!!

      September 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm | Reply
      • rupert

        Well said, chrissy.

        September 6, 2014 at 12:28 am |
  7. how about we look at our own foreign policy?

    You are right, George Patton. Good point. That is going to be very hard to achieve, for a bunch of guys that have been chanting "Allahu Akbar" for quite a few centuries now. But just look at Asia, over the last 30 years. What changed in Asia, that allowed them to rise so quickly and become rich, strong, and live the good life? Asians basically adopted the philosophy of the West: Capitalism, which they could ONLY implement after millions of their people became educated in Science, Math, Technology, Medicine etc. That's the only reason why China is staring eye-to-eye with USA right now. They were clever enough to morph into a Capitalist strategy under a veneer of Communism. I know, it is gonna be very hard for guys that were riding on camels just 60 years ago to morph into Asian philosophy and strategy. But, what is the alternative? Running around like a bunch of lost goats in the Iraqi desert, chanting Islamic rubbish? Between Bashar Assad (in Syria) and America (in Iraq), bombing the crap out of them, we have CREATED this bunch of crazy lost goats. Now what??? Do we just keep on murdering them??? For how long??? Forever??? or until our money runs out??? money which we KNOW we do not have???

    September 5, 2014 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Philip

      get a Clue. It is much worse than you are saying. not only have we created these angry muslims, we have also created a very very expensive "millstone around our necks" called the DHS: department of homeland security............ did you see their 2 billion dollar "Kabba" in Virginia, not too far from the pentagon and the white house???????????............ man those buildings are employing over 12,000 people............. all to fight the "war on terror".......... we definitely don't have the tax payers funds to pay for all those nutcases............ we are soooooooooooooooooooo screwed...................

      September 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Not me at 4:21.

        September 6, 2014 at 2:00 am |
    • Xitlali Tomas

      very good description. gracias.

      September 6, 2014 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • Mikal Koren

      Yup. Bomb, bomb, bomb, until we go broke. That's our foreign policy. Wait a minute. We ARE broke, in more way than one....

      September 6, 2014 at 1:32 am | Reply
  8. how about we look at our own foreign policy?

    Americans really really need to look more closely at the long term objectives of our very own foreign policy. Let's take view it from a very basic approach. What is the long term objective of foreign policy? It is, hopefully, to establish better communication, trade, partners and friendships and good will, from as many countries, nations, peoples, tribes and folk as we possibly, over the decades. Soooooooooooooooooo, let's now look at what has actually happened over the last 30 years. Around 1984, there were approx 200 million people on planet earth, at the most, that "hated" America, mainly because we disconnected from them somehow, in the past 30 years (1954 – 1984), thru war, bad diplomacy, whatever. Now let's fast forward to 2014. I would propose to say that there are now at least 2 BILLION (2000 million) people on planet earth that "hate" America!!!!!!!!!! 10 times more than in 1984!!!!!!!!!!! So how did this happen??? I would say it is because we have allowed our US military military industrial complex to do the talking, thru the "diplomacy" of bombs!!!!!!!!! When any nation allows their military industrial complex to take over their politics and dictate their foreign policy, don't expect that nation to be making too many friends over the long term. US foreign policy has been a complete, utter and total failure.... how many Americans are willing to admit this???????????

    September 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Beautifully said. How so very true that rings. Thank you!

      September 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Reply
      • chrissy

        Thank you Joey! you know what our new world slogan is yes? "America bombs, bombs, bombs......... while China builds, builds, builds"......... what happened to us Joey? did our own greed allow us to go down the tubes like this? you are an old and wise man. Maybe an ol' Italian with mafia thug "connections" like yourself, can explain to all of us why it is wrong for America to behave like such a "mafia thug bully" on our planet???

        September 5, 2014 at 6:51 pm |
      • rupert

        chrissy, did you just call Joey a mafia thug bully?............ sheeeesh.......

        September 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

        Chi parla di me?
        Non sono mafioso.
        Non sono italiano.
        Sono WASP.

        September 6, 2014 at 11:59 am |
    • Xitlali Tomas

      so right. usa foreign policy is sick. no change can happen if gun and weapons business is in charge of government, secretly. sick. america is just only bombing. all the time bombing. not nice way to make friends. must change.

      September 6, 2014 at 1:08 am | Reply
  9. The "Compassionate" GOP Solution

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    September 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Qdilse

      thank you! we have sunk so low, as a nation. guys, it is all about love. it is NOT all about war. it is not about friggin' cruise missiles, drones, F16's and US tanks, rolling over other peoples land............ shame on us.......... really............. those war mongers have completely taken over our once beautiful country.......... and those rich freaks are not even paying their fair share of taxes............... sickos..............

      September 5, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • Qdilse

        Although I didn't post the above, thank you for doing it in my name, whoever you may be. Yes, as a nation, we Americans did sink rather low thanks to the greedy, right-wing, self-serving people we keep on electing into office. These people are very good at one thing, that is to make a profit out of the misery of others!

        September 5, 2014 at 7:11 pm |
      • Xitlali Tomas

        very wise comment. gracias. usa only bombing. not good.

        September 6, 2014 at 1:14 am |
  10. rupert

    Chrissy. My how have u changed. Is that really u?

    September 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  11. rupert

    jeez, I just don't want to be a white kid anymore. I am so ashamed of my race. Can I go to a plastic surgeon and change my skin color to brown or maybe black? maybe I will have him chink out my eyes a little, and start learning mandarin chinese, so that I can go to China and get a job.

    September 5, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Reply
    • chrissy

      Now rupert, sweetie pie, you KNOW that is not a good thing to do. Be proud to be your own race! even if we have sunk to a gutter level people that bombs everybody else for no reason other than making our war mongers rich.......

      September 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm | Reply
      • Philip

        Get a Clue..... gutter level people?........ sheeesh...... but at the rate we are doing illegal and legal drugs, and downing prescription medications, we will be in the gutter pretty soon........ I would say 2-3 years more at least........... meanwhile those biker gang dudes just keep on getting more tattoos and dealing more drugs....... and the white racist cops always look the other way........ at least in my neighborhood.

        September 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm |
      • rupert

        thanks chrissy. sweetie pie......... oooh la la.......... can I take my zinc pills now? just before our imaginary date?

        September 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm |
      • Philip

        Not me at 9:04pm. Was wondering how long it would take one of you regulars who are ignorant of IRS Lois Lerner granting the Barack H. Obama foundation 6 year retroactive tax exempt status to hijack my personal s/n...causing confusion.
        Btw. The word Catholic literally means Confusion. So I suspect a Catholic sympathiser.

        September 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm |
      • Philip

        And besides, Colorado Springs police shoot gang bangers. And our worst cop ever was 7 year vet officer who is an openly gay man rotting in prison for butt rayoe of boys. Joshua Carrier convicted of butt rayping over a dozen boys as boys parents stood by and did NOTHING. Just as church goers do NOTHING about openly gay priests caught in the act of statutory raype
        Nothing other than donating monies to be used to pay out of court cash settlements to boy victim families in order to shut them up.
        *white and black gang bangers

        September 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm |
      • banasy©

        The Barack H Obama foundation isn't the POTUS's Foundation. It is the POTUS's brother's foundation, named for their father, Barack H Obama Senior.

        The only foundation the the POTUS has is the Barack Obama Foundation, for his future Presidential Library.

        September 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm |
      • Philip

        @banasy. Then why did IRS Lois Lerner secretly grant the Barack H. Obama foundation ( that had been operating illegally in Africa for six years) 6 year retroactive tax exempt status?

        September 6, 2014 at 2:23 am |
      • banasy©

        Did she?
        I could only find unsupported accusatations by such illustrious sites as the Daily Caller, and conspiracy websites that accept anybody's contributions, such as Before It's News.

        In any case, the POTUS has one foundation: the one for his Presidential Library.

        September 6, 2014 at 10:12 am |
      • banasy©

        No, Catholic doesn't mean literally confusion.
        As an adjective, mid-14c., "of the doctrines of the ancient Church," literally "universally accepted," from French catholique, from Church Latin catholicus "universal, general," from Greek katholikos, from phrase kath' holou "on the whole, in general," from kata "about" genitive of holos "whole" (see safe (adj.)). Applied to the Church in Rome c.1554, after the Reformation began. General sense of "of interest to all, universal" is from 1550s.

        From: Online Etymology Dictionary.

        September 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm |
    • Daevid

      Lighten up, Francis.

      September 6, 2014 at 12:27 am | Reply
  12. rupert

    Nation wide is on your side

    September 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  13. Philip

    New topic. Why else would anyone hate Americans? Valid reasons only, please.

    September 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  14. Xitlali Tomas

    Hate of American is only happening because they are bombing too much. Other than that, they are good people. Bombing and drugs. And maybe their families are falling apart too. And they are in huge debt, many many trillions. And their kids are spoiled brats. i know, my daughter is in classroom with them at public school. So sad. but I think they are still good. some of them. at least a few of them. ok, very few of them. not the sick party animals that take drugs, of the ones that want to shoot you. the other ones.

    September 5, 2014 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  15. rupert

    Let's see. Why do people hate americans.
    Well. Most don't hate us. For example canada,mexico,england,spain, on and on.
    The one's that do hate us. Have misconceptions about us.
    They hate us cuz we are not muslims or cuz we always butt in where it is none of our business
    There. That was the question and answer to 25% of the worlds problems

    September 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  16. rupert

    Oh. And they hate america because philip lives here.
    Hehe. (Shoulder shrug)

    September 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  17. rupert

    Bayor is bad. It has nci
    And ray pping of people is bad. Especially thru the back
    Oh and it hurts too I am sure.people go to prison for it like joshua carrier..he is very bad

    September 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  18. rupert

    And then they pay off the parents with big money.
    This is bad

    September 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  19. rupert

    And the Catholic church has ho.mos.that are openly gay and do bad things.
    The pope and cardinals do mothing about it.
    This has to change. It is a big sin

    September 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • Philip

      Exactly, Rupert. What @banasy calls "child molesters" are actually openly gay priests caught stalking and butt rayping under aged males.
      The bible describes them as males inflamed with violent lust for other males.

      September 6, 2014 at 2:03 am | Reply
      • banasy©

        I call them pedophiles, Philip.
        And pedophiles, almost without fail, are not gay.
        There are some, sure. however, pedophile ≠ gay. No matter how much you pray for it to be so.

        September 6, 2014 at 4:31 pm |
      • banasy©

        And you should probably revisit what "openly gay" means. I don't think it means what you think it means.

        But it's a very good shock sound bite.

        September 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm |
    • Philip

      Those are CRIMES, @Rupert. Not merely sins.

      September 6, 2014 at 2:06 am | Reply
      • Philip

        Notice that Jesus forgave that common criminal who was being executed alongside of our Lord. Forgave him for his SINS, not his crimes. That man still paid for his crimes with his own life, AFTER being forgiven for his sins.
        What Catholic priests do for each other is forgive each other of sins at confession. Not crimes. Priests have no authority to forgive each other for crimes committed. Especially crimes against children.

        September 6, 2014 at 2:11 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      Mi piace il peccato.

      September 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm | Reply
      • banasy©


        September 6, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
  20. rupert

    The aggressive way we pursue our agenda overseas makes ours the most hated country in the world. Even an absolute idiot can see that! We need a foreign policy overhaul and soon, too.

    September 6, 2014 at 12:26 am | Reply
    • Xitlali Tomas

      even absolute idiot like rupert can see that. good. how come rest of americans cannot see that? maybe they are more absolute idiot than rupert is absolute idiot?

      September 6, 2014 at 1:18 am | Reply
      • rupert

        Someone called me an idiot. May all your wisdom teeth be pulled out without the dentist's sleep gas stuff

        September 6, 2014 at 12:47 pm |
    • Philip

      Actually, rupert. It is the aggressive way Americans consume things that are taken from nations invaded by US troops that causes hatred of US around the world

      September 6, 2014 at 1:40 am | Reply
      • Mikal Koren

        Thank you Philip. You speak the truth. How sad that most Americans dare not agree with you. It is too scary to admit that it is your own people that are thieving, it is your own people that are killing, it is your own people that are bombing........... much easier to close your eyes, and thank your "lucky" stars that you have it good, and that the bombs are falling on somebody else, and not you. Just like the average German did, during WWII, while their "leader" was murdering and thieving an assaulting the world.......... in fact, the average German was totally SHOCKED to see what his own people had been doing to the Jews, after WWII ended, and they were forced to walk thru the Nazi Concentration Camps, and see with their own eyes, the Gas Chambers, the mass graves, the genocide against the Jews, the death.............. sad...........

        September 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm |
  21. Philip

    Perhaps they hate US because we are deep in debt and can still afford a nationwide obesity epidemic as they are not deep in debt yet subsist on $3 per day with many children starving. Not that one in five American children don't go hungry each day as even pet dogs grow fat.

    September 6, 2014 at 2:16 am | Reply
  22. chri§§y

    I posted NOTHING on this thread. And whoever used my name couldnt even get that right! Moron!

    September 6, 2014 at 10:26 am | Reply
  23. rupert

    @ philip. Well maybe if Muslims worked instead of praying three times a day they would have a more productive society like the christians,lutherens,Baptists and Elizabeth smart's dad's religion. Whatever that was.
    If those middle eastern folks would just lay off the excess religion they could succeed. Won't hold my breath.
    @chrissy. Ha ha he he u can't blame me. Do u see?

    September 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • banasy©

      Muslims pray facing Mecca five times a day.

      September 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  24. Mikal Koren

    Fareed, you know the truth, you know the facts, sad to say, you know every single detail, you must be wincing inside, to see the ignorance of America, bombing muslims, murdering them, with impunity, just so that their sicko war mongers can get rich. so sad.

    September 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  25. Mikal Koren

    A simple and straightforward way to view this situation. In September of 2001, when 911 happened, there was just ONE Osama bin Laden. ONE muslim, that was given millions by USA, to fight the USSR, in Afghanistan, in his group called Mujahedeen-E-Khalq, and served America's need perfectly, by fighting their proxy CIA war for them. This same guy, was DITCHED by USA, when they were done with him. USSR pulled out, and so he was not needed anymore. But USA continued to play its game of domination of the world, using CIA covert operations, coups, underhanded deals, crooked politics, cheating, bombing, killing muslims.............. so he turned AGAINST us.......... and created Al Qaeda........ and made 911 happen...........

    September 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  26. Mikal Koren

    So, since 911, what has happened? Well, we bombed the crap out of Afghanistan. Murdering muslims. We bombed the crap out of Iraq. Murdering muslims. We continued our sick games of calling THEM terrorists while we terrorize THEM!!!!!! So, NOW, we have created 1000 Osama bin Ladens....... plain and simple........ we now have a problem that is 1000 times WORSE than September 2001. WE have a nightmare on our hands. WE are broke. And we have no freakin' idea how to deal with it. Period. Welcome to hell, USA. A hell of your OWN making.

    September 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  27. portlandtony

    The Cruxifions and beheadings are no more an Islamic form of execution than those practiced by the Romans and other ancient societies. They are carried out to instill fear and obedience in (usually) occupied lands. Of course in today's technological ways of communicating these atrocities are seen almost instantaneously around the world with no less effect than ancient times. FEAR!

    We in America and most of the west hide our eyes when these events are shown on our media cursing these barbaric Muslims, but cheer when the bombs fell on Bagdad and the Gaza killing innocent human beings.

    Many many who were considered enemies of ISIL (or IS) have died by a bullet to the head, but there's no shock value for the news media to show that!

    ISIL is no more of.a religious group, than the Nazis were. They practice fear and total obedience to a false prophet and many of his followers truly believe in his legitimacy......As did the majority of the Germans who believed in Hitler. They will be destroyed as was the 3rd Riech!

    September 6, 2014 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Mikal Koren

      Thank you Sir, for drawing a great analogy between the Nazis and ISIL. Yes, indeed, the Nazi Party was created out of the desperation of the German people, after WWI, when the rest of the world was punishing them with war reparitions, for their bad deeds during WWI, and they were sinking fast into a major depression. Hiltler was a "God Send" for the German people, in 1933. Baghdadi is a "God Send" for the lost goats in the Iraqi Desert. We now have 1000 Osama bin Ladens on our hands. And it is totally our fault. WE do not understand them. So, out of fear, we bomb them. We terrorize them while we all them terrorists!!!!!!!!! Be careful of that which you do not understand. For one day, your ignorance, can defeat you. Just like the Germans were defeated, because they did not understand, and did not CARE to understand, the Jews............

      September 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  28. George patton

    Boo hoo. All you above spare me the alligator tears and stop blaming the U.S. for the failure of Islam. And the bombing MUST AND WILL continue to get rid of these ISIS animals.
    And there was absolutely no excuse to commit the murderous act of innocent Americans on 9/11. Yet you weep for the casualties of war in the Middle East. Well, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the war.

    September 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  29. George patton

    Ha. I laugh at "...ignorance of America bombing Muslims." The ISIS are not true Muslims. If the U.S. really wanted to, they would do a lot more direct hits at the civilian targets. But we are not like fake Muslims that attacked the Twin Towers. You s.t.u.p.i.d.dum a.s.s moron.

    September 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  30. Joseph McCarthy

    @George. What bothers me is that 3:56 blogger justifying Osama's attack. He does not know that Bin Laden came from a multi-millionaire family. Instead of helping his family in their construction business, and his race, he preferred to kill. Proves the point. These monkeys prefer to pray five times a day, then kill, instead of doing something constructive in society.

    September 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Reply
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