Intro: "In the twilight of the Cold War, the United States spent millions of dollars to supply Afghan schoolchildren with textbooks filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation.
The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then as the Afghan school system's core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books, though the radical movement scratched out human faces in keeping with its strict fundamentalist code."
It doesn't take too much of a smartass to ask, "Why is their so much hatred in the middle east?" Sure there are a load of reasons and debates about reasons, but we never seem to bring this stuff up when we're acting so confused. Wasn't that old "reaping and sowing" cliche from the bible?
Oh yes, I am the typical "Blame America First" hippie leftist. I would try to tell you that I simply believe in personal responsibility and common decency, but it would be a load of hogwash. The truth is that I just plain hate America. There's no real reason for it. I'm just kookie. So there it is...
:: Damian B. 3/09/2005 [+] ::