BTW, I'm not a newbie. I have been reading here for six months or so, pretty regularly. I'm just not a heavy poster since I have three kids under three.
I'm sorry if I offended with my comment. *I* was offended by the assumption that I supported the "wars" when I never mentioned them.
No, not one person said they loved terrorists or thought what happened here was wonderful.
Look at it this way, though, if *I* were here trying to "justify" Bush's actions or the military actions in Afghanistan or Iraq, I would be jumped on for "supporting" them. In fact, it's been assumed I support them, based on the few conservative comments I made. I actually *don't.* I'm sorry that I applied reverse logic here, and I won't do it again. (Not said sarcastically).
One of the reasons I *don't* is because of the targeting of civilians in the recent "wars." I think that is wrong, and it defies UN guidelines and the Geneva convention. However, in general, "legal" wars are fought with military targets in mind, and terrorism is waged on civilian targets. That is all I was trying to say.
I also only mentioned Al Qaida's stance in response to the comment that it's silly to say that people hate the US because it's free and Christian. Yes, I know that this position is a tertiary one, but it's still in their literature.
I thought the discussion about culture and US companies was interesting and useful, but I think I'll just go play with my kids now.
I honestly am sorry if I offended anyone. It seems like a conservative can't win here.