Why the Hate? The three main justifications for the animosity felt and expressed by Muslims in the Middle East towards the U. S. are: the U. S. Foreign Policy, the controversial history and the difference in religion and/or belief..
The U. S. Foreign Policy contributes to a lot of the hatred towards the U. S. First of all the United States support of Israel is one thing that extremely enrages the Middle Eastern Muslim World. After World War II the Middle East felt trespassed on after Israel was formed in their sacred land. The religion contrasts still keeps them at battle now. The United States has been aiding Israel with economic help (840 million a year), with political help and with military help (3 billion dollars and the ability to access advanced U. S. weapons). The U. S. has been sustaining and is still now holding sanctions in countries such as Libya, Syria, and Iraq.
Since the United States offers no assistance to these countries because of their support of terrorism, there has been many deaths, specially children deaths because of malnutrition and disease. As a result, these sanctions are devastating to these countries. The presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia does not help this situation. The attendance of the enemy in their country seems a mockery to people such as Osama Bin Laden.
The controversial history is also of great contribution to this question we are attempting to explain. In biblical times, such as the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries the Christian world proved to conquer the Holy land from the Muslims. After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in World War I, the French and British decided to divide the Middle East into mandates and states governed by the people they wanted for the position. Those crusades are very much not forgotten today. "Many Arabs an Muslims feel impotent. Their sense of dignity wounded" still today because of what these crusades caused. Many Arabs and Muslims feel that everything was going great until European colonism came and destroyed their land and religion. Today still, there is disrespect for the Arab and Muslim World, for example: U. S. missile strike to a pharmaceutical factory, which the United States quietly backed off from in 1998, ethnic cleansing caused by Christian Serbs of Bosnian Muslims, the NATO bombings in 1995, and also how the U. S. has not really done anything to assist against Russia's ferocious war against separist Muslims.
Religion I think is tied in to numerous of these reasons, but not as significant. I think religion is being overused to try and justify their reason and need to do what they do. An example of this is Osama Bin Ladens justification for terrorism. A religious reason tied to a Foreign Policy issue is, Israel inhabiting the Islamic third most sacred city. Another infuriating factor is that the presence of infidel soldiers in the homeland of the Prophet Muhammad is like a misuse of something so sacred, or a mockery. Also Islamic extremists belive that " U. S. is just not the enemy of Arabs or even Muslims generally, but also the enemy of God." U. S. is said to be "the Great Satan" because our advanced way of life does not depict what they see as holy.
Some of these thing we may not agree with at all because we can only attempt to see ourselves through their point of view, but it is crucial that we attempt to understand at the least.