Extremism is bad in everything. Religion, politics, food, exercise, you name it, it's bad to go to the EXTREME. What is "extreme" however is defined in the mind of the individual, the group, a community, society or nation. Human interpretation is always what causes problems. Wars in my opinion are mainly caused because of miscommunication and misunderstanding of how to deal with a situation that you disagree with. Hey, it happens all the time with human beings in normal one to one interaction, so it's the same when countries deal with others. All cultures are not equal?, of course they are not 'equal, nothing that is different can be "equal" but they should be treated equally. If everyone was the same and everyone was like the USA, then how would you know that the USA is so great. One can not know greatness without badness. "Good" came into the world the day "bad" did Before there was bad... it just "was" and people just "were". Greatness is always subjective so to some the USA is not great. Some people do not want the complexities of life in the 1st world and specifically the USA. If you told a tribe in the Amazon that the USA was the best place on earth to live, they would think that you were out of your mind. It's a choice people have to feel what is great and what isn't. Life has become more complex, there are so many things to do, so many things to buy. 100 years ago, people were wearing Levi's, reading newspapers and eating homecooked food or from a mom and pop restaurant, drinking lemonade, listening to the radio.. Now people stop at Wendy's/Subway/McDonald's/KFC, Sonic, etc etc and watch TV in the restaurant or in a drive thru, watching a DVD on the in car hybrid entertainment/Navigation system, while each has a cell phone in hand that plays music, while wearing 200 dollar jeans, 200 dollar shoes in a 30,000 dollar car. There are SO MANY things in the USA, so so many. The question is... do THINGS really make you happy? Money doesn't so why should things make you any happier? What many people from other countries dislike is that many companies from the USA portray and pump this image into their countries as if they NEED to have all these "things" in order to be successful, in order to BE someone or somebody, as if happyness can be found in a stereo, phone or iPod. There are many great places to live in this world, it all depends on what you define greatness to be and what you sort of comforts you are looking for. I personally think that the USA is a nice place to be overall, some parts I don't really like, but where will you ever find a place where you like everything? Utopia perhaps, where everyone rides a Unicorn from home to work? I have said USA all this time because I too am an American, just not American in the sense that it is almost universally known. "America" is in fact not a country per se, it is really one big continent making up this Western Hemisphere, there's North America, Central America and South America. Therefore if you live anywhere between Alaska to Chile, you are an American. All news agencies are biased in some way just as all human beings perceive things to be a certain way based on their upbringing and system of beliefs.
Propaganda is used everywhere and has been used throughout history for a myriad of reasons. The extent to which it goes and the degree and level to which it goes is open for debate across different cultures, religions, countries, etc etc.
are you still in high school? No
are you still in college? No
do you have a passport? Yes
have you travelled to the mid east? No
what expertise/specialization do you have in the mid east? None, I know several muslims, I have read the Qu'ran (and have two of them), I am Catholic though and I also look like an arab?
do you still have a peach-fuzz moustache? No, moustache and beard, sometimes sans beard.