Dog's_Breakfast wrote:It looks like the debate over Islam vs the West is going off into the territory of Islamic-Christian conflicts of centuries past (ie Ottoman empire, the Crusades, Mohammed's misdeeds, what is says in the Koran, etc). In fact, I think the West's current problems with Islam have little to do with this ancient history.
The source of the brutal rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism (and terrorism) is, in my opinion, primarily because of Saudi Arabia's 20th-century obtained oil wealth, which has been used to generously fund madrassahs to spread the evil cult of Wahabism. A good article (written by a Muslim) a couple of years ago explains it well:
West blinks at Wahhabism's dark side
Interesting to read the comments below the article too.
Time for a brief history lesson:
Thirty-plus years ago the same debate was taking place over communism. Same rhetoric, same hyperbole about world domination, communist takeovers, better dead than red, facing the threat in distant jungles rather than on the streets of San Francisco . . . and same mistakes. Europe was riven with Baader-Meinhof/Red Army Faction terrorism and the U.S. with Weather Underground Organization acts of terror. Instead of neoconservatism the U.S. had McCarthyism. Saudi money was KGB money. Madrassahs were university liberal arts graduate departments. Turns out the ultimate solution was to take the high road to the high moral ground of democracy, human rights and turning swords into ploughshares rather than the low road of bombs. collateral damage, torture and endless war. As a result communism's appeal withered, general sanity prevailed . . . and the ever-resilient military-industrial messiah complex was forced to hunt for another bogeyman to justify its existence.
Not to say that there isn't a tipping point, a point of no return. For example, if the U.S. had decided to "stay the course" in Viet Nam in 1973 rather than holster its messiah complex and go home that eventually so much blood would have been shed, so much collateral damaged and so many disaffected youth irretrievably radicalized that the war on communism would have taken on a life of its own and no amount of holstering and turning swords into ploughshares would have staved off Rowland's clash of civilizations.