Opinion: Why Muslims are still mad at America
Men stand near their trucks as they are questioned by U.S. soldiers in July in Iraq.
September 5th, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Opinion: Why Muslims are still mad at America

Editor’s note: Steven Kull is director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes and author of the recently released book, Feeling Betrayed: The Roots of Muslim Anger at America.

By Steven Kull, Special to CNN

On the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, many Americans are wondering whether the risk of a terrorist attack against America has been reduced. The picture is mixed. With the death of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda is weaker. With revolutions in several Arab countries, frustrations with unpopular autocratic governments — a recruiting theme for terrorist groups – have been mitigated. But one important contributing factor has not improved – widespread anger at America in the Muslim world. While views have improved in Indonesia, throughout the Middle East and South Asia, hostility toward the United States persists unabated.

Read the full post about Muslim resentment toward the U.S. on Global Public Square
- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Opinion

soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. True religion - Islam

    Islam is the true, modern, perfect and peaceful religion in this beautiful world forever. Thank you.

    November 14, 2013 at 5:40 am |
  2. True religion - Islam

    People who are saying and writing bad about muslim and Islam are brain washed of media and lack of knowledge or afraid to express the truth. Islam is the truth and peaceful relegion in the world forever.

    November 14, 2013 at 5:30 am |
  3. jawdeh

    muslims hate america because america supports the pirate state of israel who have destroyed plalestine, stole it from muslims, america bombed and occpied muslim countries like iraq and afghanistan, america is targeting religous muslims and labeling them terrorists, etc, is that not enough reasons, http://www.youtube.com/whatamuslim

    November 14, 2012 at 5:11 am |
  4. Youre In LaLaLand

    It used to be a joke here in America, when George Carlin gave his Timeless news piece, and exclaimed "Fighting has broken out in the Middle East!" Our mistake was getting involved. Islam is a religion of hate and intolerance. If you disagree with me, then be angry at the radical terrorists and clean your own house. If you don't, you just prove my point.

    November 4, 2011 at 10:12 am |
  5. Tom

    Islam and Muslims will never be happy with the West. The only reason the world cares about Muslims is because they have so much oil. Well, time for the West to get energy independent so we do not need Muslim oil. Then the West can truly pull out of Muslim countries and let them live their lives as they wish. The problem is, Islam has been shown to be an aggressive religion over time. Every time Islam has had the power and the opportunity to, it has invaded neighboring nations and tried to subjugate different religions. Look at history, the Muslims invaded Egypt and North Africa in the original spread of their religion subjugating the native Coptic Christians and Jews. Muslims invaded Christian France in the 700 ADs. Muslims invaded Central Europe and Russia every time it could and was only stopped from conquering Austria by the two Sieges of Vienna. Yes, Christianity has been aggressive too, but a truly peaceful future demands that the West and Islam be separated and keep a watchful eye on each other, with neither the West nor Islam having the power to invade the other.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  6. Imam Truth

    Muslims are mad at America because their fruit loop religion tells them to be. They hate Jews and Christians, thus they hate America. For them to stop being mad, they will need to renounce their religion and come to their senses.

    October 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  7. comecleanOK

    Islam is still mad at everyone over the Crusades. Lets see, mad at someone who did not do something over something that did not happen to you. Every time I see a young Palestinian child (under 5yrs old) bad mouthing Israel, I see the root of the problem.

    October 29, 2011 at 9:31 am |
    • saggyroy

      The hate is handed down from generation to generation, just like any religion.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:55 am |
  8. Jose M. Pulido

    Muslims/ Islamists are always playing victim of the USA. If they had any decency, any remorse and any common sense, they would detach themselves from that stupid ideology called Islam and would apologize to the USA for all the terrorist crimes they have perpetrated against our country, our people and our allies.
    Muslims/slamists should grow up and quit playing childish and silly games of portraying themselves as being "still mad at America."
    If America makes you "mad," them all Islamist who have infiltrated into the USA should return to thair God-forsaken Islamic countries and should not be allowed not come back to America even if they are U.S> citizens.
    Islam is a nuisance to the whole world; if Islamists do not stop their desire to murder all those who are not Muslim. We will defend ourselves from Islam and Islamists. Therefore, we are the ones who should be mad at Islamists/Muslims.

    October 21, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  9. augustghost

    Will this crap ever end?

    October 19, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  10. zombie

    Why do i care if there mad at us, we should still be mad at them

    October 15, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Muneef

      ..Not bad to mind one's own business..specially if was useless whether he knew or not how others think or live...those careless are nothing but a walking zombies as good as the dead one's ... So better for them to go back to their grave yards...!!
      Ask your self they might be mad of your mentality in handling things,interfering in every thing in their life...

      October 16, 2011 at 6:43 am |
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