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(LewRockwell.Com) – Given that yesterday was the anniversary date of the 9/11 attacks, I would be remiss if I failed to point out why there was so much anger and rage among foreigners toward the United States in the years leading up to those attacks.
After all, don’t forget what U.S. officials and their interventionist cohorts steadfastly maintained in the immediate aftermath of the attacks: that the terrorists just hated America for its “freedom and values.”
That was a lie — and U.S. officials and their interventionists cohorts knew that it was a lie.
The reason that foreigners bore such deep anger and rage toward the United States was because of the U.S. government’s deadly and destructive interventionist antics in the Middle East after the ostensible end of the Cold War.
Those interventionist antics included the intentional destruction of Iraq’s water-and-sewage-treatment plants in the Persian Gulf War, where the U.S. government was claiming that Saddam Hussein was a “new Hitler,” notwithstanding the fact that he had been a partner and ally of the U.S. government during the 1980s.
The intentional destruction of those water-and-sewage treatment plants followed a Pentagon study that concluded that the destruction of those plants would help spread infectious illnesses among the Iraqi populace.
Once the war was over, the U.S. government enforced one of the most brutal systems of economic sanctions in history against the Iraqi people. Not only did the sanctions progressively impoverish the Iraqi people, they also succeeded in accomplishing what the Pentagon hoped to accomplish with its destruction of those water-and-sewage treatment plants. That’s because the sanctions prevented Iraqi officials from repairing those water-and-sewage-treatment plants, which thereby fulfilled the Pentagon’s aim of spreading infectious illnesses among the Iraqi populace.
The segment of the Iraqi populace that bore the brunt of…