>No wonder people target us for terrorist attacks
I like this realization. People seem so ignorant to the role of America in the world. We've deposed at least 12 leaders over the last 50 years~ assassinating them, training the governmental resistance, and selling arms to their enemies. No wonder people hate us now~ reflecting on our view of the riots in Egypt, but also understanding that we've invaded and deposed two countries in that part of the world in the last ten years. We've invaded countries, one because "terrorists" (17 people) had loose affiliations with a political force there (afghanistan) and the other because the dictator supposedly had weapons of mass destruction~ which the international community knew was false. Not only did they know, but they told us and we said "fuck off" and did it anyways. We've razed buildings across the world, knowing that there could be innocent civilians (and probably would be) killed in the process. We have, as a country, been doing awfully fucked up things to their part of the world for over half a century~ and they see we still live with a paranoid fear that a few americans will die. I carry no judgement in this declaration~ it merely is what it is. Aside from lacking any balls, a sense of outrage, or even a sense of history, what Americans lack the most, in the eyes of the world, is a sense of perspective.
It's been amazing to hear all of the pundits tip toe on this all week. "We want democracy for the people of Egypt, so long as they do what we want them to do." We fear the muslim world because they represent the biggest threat to our empire. Religion is the number one thing that any nation needs to be able to sell an imperialist agenda. There are many people today that think that god wants them to conquer the world and it's our god given right to kill and or convert those that aren't judeo christian. The same could be said for muslims as well. It boils down to a culture war and oil interests.
I think our number one goal as a country should be to get off of oil. Think of how much better our country would be if all of our foreign policy wasn't focused on securing our oil interests.
I don't know if I'd even go that far (being imperialistic). They prey on the weaker nations, but are black listed in many other muslim countries such as Syria, (former) Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan (who cooperates with them, but won't support them in their own government)... Because they pose a threat to the established governments. The real point I take from this is the extreme corruption shown by previous US governments in distorting and misusing information to drive foreign policy, for whatever 'unknown' benefit.
As far as being tactical, I've been trained (in the military) on the tactics that they use. Al Queda means "the base" because it started as one of Bin Laden's departure points and training centers for muslim warriors during the Soveit invasion in the 80's. The Mujahdeen ([spelling?]; the muslim warriors) were trained by Pakistani special forces and intelligence agents (the ISI)~ who were in turn trained by our own special forces and intelligence agencies (CIA). That is what's so beautiful about all of this~ we are at war with a terrorist organization that our country helped train back in the 80's, but who have made little to no progress in the mean time (if you don't count expelling the Russians) in physically changing the political landscape of the Middle East. Just understanding this small dynamic of the last 30 years can give a person insight into why the Middle East particularly dislikes the US~ we (I use that term loosely) have been interfering and fucking things up for quite some time.
Once again though, this is of our own making. If we didn't have a prohibitionist stance on recreational drug use, the cartels in Mexico wouldn't be making millions if not billions of dollars ever year.
I hope you are safe wherever you deploy. Warfare isn't about how manly you can be. It's about killing as many of the enemy as possible and staying alive to see your goals met. I absolutely see why the insurgents use the tactics they do. They are outnumbered and severely outgunned. It's the same situation we used when we fought the British for our independence. They used to line up and shoot. We said to hell with that, let's hide behind some trees and shoot at those fools lining up.