Carmy, you say you don't know beans about the west in your one post, yet you have absolutely no problem giving an opinion and bashing the US, do you? If you know nothing about us, our people, our history, our way of life, you have no right to comment the way you do, just as I don't have the right to make broad generalizations about where you live since I don't know much about it.
And Airmale, you make the mistaken assumption that the United States has been, is and wishes to be, some kind of colonial power. If you look at America's history in combat since it's inception, it never has been a power that conquers and control other nations. Look at the wars we've fought: -
-Mexican-American war, won by the US, but Mexico kept every bit of it's soverignty.
Spanish-American War: out of that war, the Phillipines and Cuba were made American protectorates, and both were granted their independence.
World War II-after the end of WW II, the US could have literally occupied and "conquered" all of Western Europe, Japan, the Phillipines. Yet instead the US rebuilt Western Europe through the Marshall Plan, helped Japan become a free, democratic, prosperous nation, and, again, let the Phillipines become independent.
The Gulf War: it would have been very easy for the U.S. to occupy both Kuwait AND Iraq as an occupying power. Kuwit today remains independent to chart it's own course, and despite criticism against President Bush the 1st, he did not go north to occupy Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein, much as he might have deserved it.
So don't go putting out the lie that the U.S. wants to control all those nations that you mention. To "control" India and China, with almost half the world's population, is preposterous, as well as disingenous.
The propoganda put forth on this thread is breathtaking to say the least the least. The sentiment seems to be that the U.S. should abandon the only legitimate democracy in the area, Israel, in total favor of nations that are run by presidents-for-life, dictators; in favor of nations that fight amonst each other as often as the do Israel and the west. I don't think so. Israel is surly not perfect, but America doesn't turn it's back on other democratic nations, despite the "apartheid" nonsense that was put forth on here.
Fourtunately, if my instincts are correct, the views being expressed by the majority on this thread represents a small minority of what the people who are more enlightened think about this conflict and about the U.S. in particular. Since you all watch CNN, you obviously think you know what America is about, but it takes more than a view video and sound bites on TV to know what a nation is about. So, you enjoy our mass hysteria of Anti-Americanism. It makes for great reading, even if it resembels the truth not whatsoever.