Terrorism? Or blowback?

Terror attacks are happening with increasing frequency, both in Europe (with an attack every nine days this year) and in the US. We get all sorts of explanations, ranging from the idea that Islam is inherently violent to the idea that the terrorists “hate us for our freedoms.”

Ron Paul offers a different motivation: Retribution for the terror that we, the Western world, have already inflicted on Muslim nations:

Beginning with the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center and continuing with the attack on the USS Cole, the attack on the US Embassies in East Africa, the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon attack, the Ft. Hood attack, the San Bernardino attack, and others, the terrorists have made it clear that they are retaliating for the death and destruction that the US government has wreaked on people in the Middle East or Afghanistan, including countless people of the Muslim faith.

Nonetheless, so many Americans, especially the US mainstream press, do everything they can to avoid confronting that basic fact — that all the Americans who died in those attacks died at the hands of terrorists who were retaliating for what the US government had done to people over there.

In other words, they’re not instigating it for no good reason. It’s retaliation. It’s blowback, to use Dr. Paul’s word.

John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, provides a similar view through this two minute cartoon:

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