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I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight or say it's your opinion. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to therighttogripe@hotmail.com and we will get it on. You can also post a Gripe on our Facebook page. Just search The Right To Gripe. If you don't want to write it down, just click on one of the boxes below each Gripe to give your opinion. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Middle East - Is It Our Own Fault? (Part 1)

The Shah of Iran with  Jimmy Carter

With the Arab nations in the Middle East going bonkers over a stupid film trailer that portrays Muhammad, one would wonder if all this is our own fault?  Is the U.S. to blame for these idiotic acts of violence?  Well I have asked this question to myself and I have come up with the answer of YES.  You read that correctly, the answer is YES.  In the past 33 years, the United States has helped greatly in the destabilization of the Middle East.  Let me tell you how I came up with this answer.  Let's go back to 1979, then President Jimmy Carter and his administration did nothing to help when Iranian Revolutionaries overthrew The Shah Of Iran, Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī.  Earlier in October of 1977, militant anti-Shah demonstrations of a few hundred started after the death of Ayatollah Khomeini's son Mostafa.  The Shah saw his country being divided and put the hammer down on anyone who questioned his regime.  A year later strikes were paralyzing the country, and in early December a "total of 6 to 9 million", more than 10% of the country marched against the Shah throughout Iran.  Shortly after, the Shah vacated his position as the ruler of Iran and fled to France.  The world wondered who would take the Shah's place?  It was the Ayatollah Khomeini, a radical cleric who hated the United States.  Not very long after he took power, Americans were taken hostage and Iran was no longer an ally to the U.S..

Let's move to Afghanistan where between 1979 and 1989 the Afghan people fought a war with the powerful Soviet Union.  All was lost until the U.S. stepped in and provided the Afghan's rocket launchers and other weapons to combat the Soviet's.  Within a few years the tide of the war had turned and the Soviets high tailed it back home with their tails between their legs.  It appeared that the U.S. had a strategic ally in the Middle East.  Not!  With the war over, the Afghan's asked us for help to rebuild their country.   President George H. Bush and his administration turned their backs and snubbed the Afghan's.  Afghanistan was no longer an ally of America.  This was followed by the 1990s Afghan Civil War, the rise and fall of the Taliban government and the present war we are involved in today.  The decades of war made Afghanistan the world's most dangerous country, including the largest producer of refugees and asylum seekers. While the international community is rebuilding war-torn Afghanistan, terrorist groups such as the Haqqani Network and Hezbi Islam are actively involved in a nationwide Taliban-led insurgency, which includes hundreds of assassinations and suicide attacks.  According to the United Nations, the insurgents were responsible for 80% of civilian casualties in 2011 and 2012.

Tomorrow, we will look at the U.S. involvement with the destabilization of Iraq and Egypt.


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