Despite what some on the left says, the question is not, as Newsweek asked in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, why do they hate us, but why do they hate. Commenting on a massacre in Pakistan, Barry Rubin offers this telling insight:
If the United States had not killed bin Ladin on that particular day, in that place, or in that way, the Charsadda attack would have happened anyway. Thus, terrorists use specific events as excuses to do what they would have done anyway.
Via Instapundit. Read the whole thing.
SOMEWHAT RELATED: In the vein of the Newsweek piece linked above, Dennis Prager wonders about a man who uses the occasion of the “killing of his sister’s murderer to badmouth America and hold it ultimately responsible for her death“:
Asking what America did to elicit the hatred of Muslim terrorists is morally equivalent to asking what Jews did to arouse Nazi hatred, what blacks did to cause whites to lynch them, what Ukrainians did to arouse Stalin’s hatred, or what Tibetans did to incite China’s harshly repressive treatment of them.