I have come across a rather refreshing take on the U.S. and Britain foreign policy. Th author points out that countries like Pakistan and others in the middle east like to do a lot of blaming and not enough taking responsibility for their own ills.
Honestly I think he nails it on the head here. When are we going to stop letting them lay it all on the west?
Where are the solutions that we are offering that aren't out of touch with reality? "War on Terror"? "Spreading Freedom"? What is the point of trying to implement a solution when your government is most likely going to be overthrown in the next few decades either by foreign sanctions or CIA coups? Try to find a single person living in those countries who hasn't heard a story about their grandfather's role in the ongoing struggle for the nation to define itself. In the U.S. those grandfathers were civil war vets and their grandchildren are the grandparents of todays geriatric Americans.
It's really like me grabbing your hand, using it to slap you in the face, and saying repeatedly, "Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?"
They might stop blaming the west when the death toll that the west has unleashed comes to an end.
Stop living in the past and join the rest of us in the 21st century.
So by your reasoning, if let's say you, oh I don't know, hit someone in the head, and as a result they go postal and kill your entire family, you can't say anything because according to you, history is irrelevant? So what you did had NO bearing on how they reacted? That is your argument.
If we do not learn from history, the US's, our teacher's, or even our parents, we will make the same mistakes they have made and will learn NOTHING. How can you say history is irrelevant? Zinn is turning over in his grave.