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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday January 15 2015, @05:22AM   Printer-friendly
from the schadenfreude dept.

The religious and cultural tensions the West faces are "payback" for slavery and colonialism, a Chinese state-run newspaper said Tuesday in the wake of the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

The editorial in the Global Times newspaper — which often takes a nationalistic tone — dismissed the weekend's huge marches in Paris and elsewhere as "painkillers" that cannot halt the intensifying "clash of civilizations".


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by hunchentoot on Thursday January 15 2015, @01:20PM

    by hunchentoot (4874) on Thursday January 15 2015, @01:20PM (#135093)
    So I read most of the comments in this forum and they're childish, changing the subject, pointing out china's own human rights issues. That kind of argument dodges the unpopular fact that there's a lot of truth in the editorial. If you put down your disdain for the messenger for a moment and do the math objectively:
    1. We armed middle eastern countries with weapons when russia was trying to move in. We were trying to protect our buddies that sold us oil.
    2. We ran operation desert storm to attack iran because they were trying to get at our buddies that sold us oil.
    3. People in the mideast got pissed off at the US trying to control all the power. They hijacked our planes. We turned this into an opportunity to set up permanent military bases in the middle east and perform mass regime change in the name of terrorism and democracy, oh and to secure our oil

    Folks the reason we now have the decapitators on youtube and the cartoonists getting shot is because we (as in the USA) have continued to fuel the fire of hatred for decades, mostly in the interest of oil but under the guise of democracy/national security blahblah as if anyone ever really cared about the well-being of people in that region of the world. I'm an american and I love this country but I cant deny the unpopular truth pointed out by the editorial.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 15 2015, @02:01PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 15 2015, @02:01PM (#135109)

    I agree, the very real fact of China's own serious problems along the same lines does not mitigate America's own failings. But it is so much easier to go full jingo than it is to face an unpopular truth.

  • (Score: 2) by Hartree on Friday January 16 2015, @12:37AM

    by Hartree (195) on Friday January 16 2015, @12:37AM (#135249)

    "2.We ran operation desert storm to attack iran "

    "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!"


    "Forget it, he's rolling."

  • (Score: 2) by zeigerpuppy on Friday January 16 2015, @01:18AM

    by zeigerpuppy (1298) on Friday January 16 2015, @01:18AM (#135260)

    How can people be so naive as to think that the wars we started will tidily stay in the boundaries we defined.
    We send hundreds of thousands of soldiers to the centre of the middle east, killed thousands of women and children as well as a goodly proportion of the young men.
    We destroyed their farms, their water infrastructure and their civil services. We tried to steal their oil and subvert their industries.
    So we are embroiled in the most viscious of wars.
    Now why should we be surprised when occasionally that war comes home.
    If we continue to ignore our own barbarism it will be very much in our faces more and more.
    Always remember that terrorism kills less people that motor vehicle incidents (by far) and falling furniture (by some estimates).
    To understand this war we need to follow the money, the ideals are quickly cast aside and the raw terror of what we have done to these people becomes evident.
    I'm not saying I support the reactions of the most radical elements of the middle east resistance but I do think we have created this desperate state of affairs and would be wise to seek an end to our aspirations of theft and control. But the pot has been stirred and no amount of rhetoric will appease those who have seen their children, parents, brothers and sisters killed by our troops and our bombs and by starvation and disease as the consequence of sanctions.