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in response to reader comment: Ok, we'll leave your countries when you leave ours.

Submitted by Pat (United States), Sep 28, 2006 at 11:06

I guess that means you approve of planes bombing office workers and suicide terrorists blowing up pizza parlors and reporters being beheaded. You must have applauded the Somali who shot a nun in the back as he praised Allah!

The US had no one in the Middle East in 1979 when our embassy was invaded by Iranians and our diplomats were taken hostage, in abject violation of international law. We were doing the work of the UN in Lebanon in 1983 when Marines were killed. Our embassy in Saudi Arabia was blown up and soldiers who again were doing the UN's mission (while Russia, China, and France were colluding with Iraq to evade the oil-for-food sanctions) were killed in Khobar Towers.

3,000 Americans died on 9/11, thanks to the UN, Russia, China, France and Iraq. Well, now we're out of Saudi Arabia. Are you happy? If you hate the US that much, surely you hate the UN as well, for having the temerity to set up no-fly zones in Iraq to protect Muslims. Come to think of it, the UN headquarters in Baghdad was bombed by jihadists and its representative killed. Do you love or hate the UN? If you hate it, then why do you care where it resides? If you love it, how about a Muslim country hosting it? We won't mind.

My response should be exactly what you're looking for. Saudi Arabia wouldn't let me bring a bible or a rosary into the country. As a non-Muslim, I'm never allowed to set foot in Mecca. I'm simply taking a page from YOUR playbook. Is that wrong?

If only you were so brusque when speaking to Muslims who advocate violence. Do you condemn them or applaud them? If you condemn them, what are you doing to stop them? If you don't condemn them, if you think they were justified in blowing up New York, then why shouldn't the US have the right to protect itself? You imply that we have no right to self-defense. When attacked, we can't close our doors and we can't respond in kind. You're angry when we respond to those who attack us and now you're silly when I suggest that we won't attack anyone, we'll simply lock our doors. You can't have it both ways. A Supreme Court justice put it best when he said our bill of rights is not a suicide pact.

As for oil, don't worry about us. You just make sure you know how to pump your own oil. You'd better learn how to operate all that heavy equipment and how to maintain it.

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