Opinion: Why Muslims are still mad at America
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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

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  1. Silver

    I understand why Muslims are upset but the undeniable fact is that America and the West were and are being attacked by Muslims following a Centuries-old Muslim goal and practice of marginalizing and colonizing so-called "Infidels" and "Apostates". Non-Muslims are even more upset at Muslims as a result. The fact that America and ts allies have had to target Muslim terrorists and extremists is a simple cause-and-effect result of the action of Muslims, not Americans or any other party who are at war with Islamists. If you are a Muslim, the Islamist problem is your problem and the nature of your problem has brought your community at odds with non-Muslims. Otherwise, Muslims are treated as any other legal citizen of whatever country they belong to, under the laws of those countries. If Muslim laws conflict with the laws of a particular country, it is up to Muslims to peacefully resolve those differences because the civilized world operates on the rule of law, not the dictates of religions. While we respect religions, their laws are subject to the priorities of civil laws.

    People like Kohut from the PEW group have private agenda and do not offer a balanced and objective view of the war against terrorism. They encourage an apologetic mindset in gullible Muslims and non-Muslims which undermine the real need for Muslims to look realistically at grave problems in their religion and cultures. Aside from terrorism, Islamic cultures also condone violence against women and children who serve as scapegoats and sacrificial offerings to cultural practices within Islamic communities. Unlike non-Muslims, Muslims are curiously passive about doing anything to correct problems in their own communities. People are not stupid, unless Muslims fix their own problems, the problems will multiple to the point where other people will be forced to do it for them. This is a simple fact of life.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • nad

      Islam is an evil religion.

      September 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  2. John


    September 7, 2011 at 10:27 am |
    • rivazah

      cause uncle sam not making the mcdonalds halal................ do it
      we will stop eating rice and curry. LOL.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • -----

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      September 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  3. Salahudin

    Well, because all they want to do is to sell some oil, put women in bags, go to mosques and occasionally use that oil money to put messianic messages into young children's minds. On the American side, it just wants to invest in Israel, go to churches and and pray for the armageddon to start. China is betting on the result of the so-called "god" on both sides. Who will win?

    September 7, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  4. Ishnyakh

    Simply because of it's disgusting polices toward Islam and Muslims: 1. Israel. 2. Puppet dictators, 3. Invasions and colonization, until the American people wake up and see the real truth of it's own leaders and politicians, all Muslims will continue to hate America.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  5. AGuest9

    If they are so mad, maybe they should look in the mirror and determine why it is that they are such backward, hate-filled people AND CHANGE.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  6. Amber

    First of all, Muslims are not mad at American people, they are mad at its policies. Secondly the whole world is mad at American policies. America has always supported tyrants and dictators in the whole word in the past. Look at Haiti's democratically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide who was ousted by a military coup (backed by USA) in 2004. It is just one example, there are many others in the whole world. Instead of blasting Muslims for your problems, why don't you do something about changing USA's policies in the whole world?

    September 7, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • AGuest9

      It's odd. They aren't mad at American people, but yet they will kill nearly 3,000 of them in a single attack. That's horribly ironic.

      September 7, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  7. Muneef

    M. Asad
    Islam at the Cross Roads, S M Ashraf Publisher
    Lahore Pakistan


     It was then for `the first time in history that Europe conceived itself as a unity-and it was a unity against the world of Islam. Without indulging in undue exaggerations, we can say that modern Europe was born out of the spirit of the Crusades. Before that time there existed Anglo-saxons and Germans,
    French and Normans, Italians and Danes: but during the Crusades the new
    concept of "Western civilisation", a cause common to all European
    nations alike, was created; and it was the hatred of Islam that stood
    as godfather behind the new creation...

    September 7, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • Reality

      And the vigilant shadow remains because of the following:

      "o On the koranic passages and world domination:

      "Mohammed could not have known the size of the world, but several passages in the Koran show that he envisioned Islam dominating all of it, however large it might be: “He it is who sent his messenger . . . that he may cause it [Islam] to prevail over all religions´(Koran 9:33, M.M. Ali; see also 48:28 and 61:9). M.M. Ali designates these three passages as “the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of Islam in the whole world.”

      Mohammed’s successors, the caliphs, quoted passages like these to inspire Muslim armies as they advanced out of Arabia, imposing Islam by the sword upon a peacefully unsuspecting Middle East and North Africa, as I described in the previous chapter.

      Islamic armies, imbued with what Mohammed claimed was divine authorization, imposed Islam by force over vast areas, all the while extorting wealth from subjugated Jews and Christians to fund their ongoing conquests. As I noted, major defeats at Tours, France, in A.D. 732, and again at Vienna, Austria, in A.D. 1683, halted Islam’s attempt to take all of Europe by force. Gradually Islamic forces were forced to retreat from Europe, except for part of the Balkans. But Islam has again set its sights on a conquest of Europe and of European civilization, wherever the latter has spread to North and South America and other regions. Muslim strategists ask their followers, Why do we find in these modern times that Allah has entrusted most of the world’s oil wealth primarily to Muslim nations?

      Their answer: Allah foresaw Islam’s need for funds to finance a final politico-religious victory over what Islam perceives as its ultimate enemy: Christianized Euro-American civilization. So, Islam follows Nazism, fascism and communism as the world’s latest hostile takeover aspirant.

      Nazis, fascists and communists failed. Does Islam have a better chance at success? I believe it will flounder if we awaken to its threat in time; yet, if there is not adequate planned resistance, Islam does have a better chance of succeeding. Communism’s world takeover attempt was guaranteed to fail because its economic policy was naively contrary to human nature. Advocating the rubric What is mine is thine, and what is thine is mine, communism failed to see that human nature will not keep those two balanced propositions in equilibrium. Like a female black widow spider consuming her mate, the latter part of the formula makes a meal of the former, leading to the collapse of any system based upon that formula.
      In contrast, political systems do well if they can persuade people to adhere to What’s mine is mine and What’s thine is thine maxims.

      Only if a strong religious incentive is added does such an idealistic formula have any long-term chance. Even then success will be spotty. But communism (and Nazism, for that matter) excluded religion. And that mistake was the final nail eventually clamping a lid on communism’s coffin. Communism, on a historical scale, perished while still in its childhood.
      Islam is not repeating communism’s mistake. Mating political cunning and incredible wealth with religious zeal, Islam does have a chance to succeed and will succeed unless major parts of the Western world unite to take appropriate countermeasures. But many Western leaders, unable to believe that a mere religion could possible be a serious political threat, keep proclaiming themselves as Islam-friendly, reasoning that all religions are good-aren’t they?

      A Muslim strategist in Beverly Hills, California, declared several years ago, as quoted by a friend of mine: “Now that the struggle between Western democracies and international communism is winding down, it is time for the real and final struggle to begin, and we are going to win!”

      Don Richardson

      September 7, 2011 at 7:30 am |
  8. revolation84

    Muslim seeking sympathy!!

    It's their nature that they will always mad at someone that they can't oppose, and their use immigrant to did that ( hidden colonizations).

    Just don't put Muslim in county administration or they will double their immigrant.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:38 am |
    • Amber

      The most number of Immigrants in USA are from India. They are the ones who are taking our jobs away by outsourcing them to India and also in our homeland by always hiring Indians in American companies. They love American policies because it suits them. But in reality they are taking over us.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • Reality

      Top Ten Foreign Countries – Foreign Born Population Among U.S. Immigrants
      Country per year 2000 2004 2010 2010, %
      Mexico 175,900 7,841,000 8,544,600 9,600,000 23.7%
      China 50,900 1,391,000 1,594,600 1,900,000 4.7%
      Philippines 47,800 1,222,000 1,413,200 1,700,000 4.2%
      India 59,300 1,007,000 1,244,200 1,610,000 4.0%
      Vietnam 33,700 863,000 997,800 1,200,000 3.0%
      Cuba 14,800 952,000 1,011,200 1,100,000 2.7%
      El Salvador 33,500 765,000 899,000 1,100,000 2.7%
      Dominican Republic 24,900 692,000 791,600 941,000 2.3%
      Canada 24,200 678,000 774,800 920,000 2.3%
      Korea 17,900 701,000 772,600 880,000 2.2%
      Total Pop. Top 10 498,900 16,112,000 18,747,600 21,741,000 53.7%
      Total Foreign Born 940,000 31,100,000 34,860,000 40,500,000 100

      September 8, 2011 at 12:00 am |
  9. Adam

    Short video about the realities behind the US Debt situation:


    September 7, 2011 at 4:23 am |
  10. Kamarasune

    Probably because we will not stand for them to protest in our streets like they did in London in 2006 yelling for Jihad and that they will take our women for war booty because we won't let them have sharia law, or maybe because we won't let them over run our schools with demands to serve only halal foods like they did in Canada. Maybe because we are seeing a double standard where universities are putting in Mu slime foot washing stations and room dividers so that they can practice their faith while forbidding all other faiths the same consideration. Maybe its because we think its hypocritical that the U.N. has sanctioned the "only hate speech" as being that directed at the Is lamic faith while ignoring all others. Then again it could be because we support Israel whom many Is lamics have said they will remove from the middle east. Perhaps its because true Christians can not except that alla and the Christian god are one in the same because allah was the pagan moon god of Mohammed's Quresh tribe represented by various idols, including a sacred stone3. The God of the Bible forbids idolatry. Or it might be because we are letting people know Islam has come to mean 'submission'1. The goal of Islam is to bring the whole world into submission to allah. The Quran (Sura's 2, 4, 5, 9 and 47) teaches that all 'infidels' (non-Muslims) must either convert to Islam or be killed or enslaved2. The God of the Bible tells us that conversion is the work of God, therefore no-one can be forced to convert to Christianity.
    The Quran says God has no son and is not a father. It rejects the Trinitarian God of the Bible. Muhammad taught that Jesus and Christians were not to be taken as friends (Sura's 5 and 9).

    Just a guess....

    September 7, 2011 at 3:52 am |
    • Revolation84

      What is this all about? militants??

      Non Muslims must pay some Jizya tax if they want to live around Muslims.

      90% Muslim doesn't know the context of The Quran, they studied to remember it but they never know the meaning.

      There is punishment if someone translate or interpret The Qur'an without Arab language master


      September 7, 2011 at 3:59 am |
    • Amber

      You forgot about 2011's Norway attack by an Anti Muslim? You don't know what happened in UK's latest riots. An anti Muslim killed ran his car over three young Muslim teenagers but their parents forgave the killer. You remember an Anti Muslim shot two dead after 9/11 and blinded another Muslim with gun shots but that Muslim forgave him? Stop bashing Islam and Muslims and start looking for terrorists in your anti-Muslim camp.

      September 7, 2011 at 7:52 am |
  11. John

    Right now CNN has an article explaining to American why Muslims are mad at America and a second article explaining why Americans should not be mad at Muslims. Several of the reasons of which Muslims are mad at the USA are generalizations. You don't generalize Iranians for the acts of the crazy Iranian government do you? So why generalize Americans. The second article attempts to make Americans see why they are wrong for generalizing Muslims. While some do generalize Muslims, I think the article from the American news network, CNN, misconceives its own people. Thanks for the hypocritical and anti-American propaganda, CNN.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:41 am |
    • Revolation84

      The communication was USA must not shiet at Muslim but Muslim can shiet at USA.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:54 am |
  12. John

    Mecca Lecca Hi, Mecca Hiney Ho

    September 7, 2011 at 2:35 am |
  13. Jimbo

    Why are Muslims still mad at Americans? Because it's Tuesday? Just who are Muslims NOT mad at, that's the question. As an American, though, I could really give a rip.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:52 am |
  14. JG

    Why are Muslims mad at America?

    Because their Imams tell them to be. Next question.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  15. "He's Dead Jim."

    They are so much more like revenge of the nerds than the actual movie.

    September 7, 2011 at 12:03 am |
  16. Jim

    They're also mad at America because the leaders of their broken down countries preach hatred for American and the West to deflect the people from the failings in their own lands.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
  17. Jim

    Most Muslims who are mad at America are mad because they live in poor, broken, repressive, and largely illiterate societies where they only information they get is from nut-job Mullahs who are trained by other nut-job Mullahs, who are funded by radicals in Saudi and/or Iran. In many countries all it takes to be considered a Mullah is that you've read 2-3 books about Islam, which is infinitely more books than any of your neighbors have read - I've seen it first hand in Afghanistan.

    September 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  18. Muneef

    Watch what Muslims can do and enjoy as well but still they pray and worship !!! It was not only religions that were imported from the middle east but as well the laws of Music;

    I would like to dedicate the lovely Music to all the nations...
    while dedicating the words of the song to the absent Moon of Yemen; 


    September 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  19. Scott Owl

    Muslims should never have come here. Their Koran is filled with too much sick and twisted psychotic madness.
    Christians should have been converted by the Indians, not the other way around.
    Jews still don't get it after thousands of years. A diaspora of delusion is not the way to endear yourself to your neighbors, people!

    September 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  20. Reality

    How to end the madness:

    The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths/Madness:

    ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

    Are you ready?

    Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

    The First Five of the 77 Branches:

    "1. Belief in Allah"

    aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

    "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

    Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

    "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

    A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

    "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

    Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

    Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

    Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

    "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
    Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

    Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

    Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

    Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths/madness of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

    September 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • The Runs

      LOL.....you, my friend, are as delusional as you claim everyone else to be if you believe in that garbage you posted. You seem more fanatic then most of the Christians on this board and probably bring absolutely nothing beneficial to society. Good riddance.

      September 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • USmellLikePee

      There is no way I am reading all that. There should be a boredom limit on postings.

      September 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • DrBakroChod

      To make your long story short, In the cave in Mecca Mo was smoking Afghani ganja.

      September 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
    • Reality

      For those who are "reading challenged": Please post a copy on your refrigerator doors-




      Added details upon request

      September 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
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