Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Qur'an Burning: The 5 Steps that Brought Us to this Point and Why Religious Communities Must Resist

I liked the article but I think you have ignored a critical issue: this is not only, I would argue not even primarily about religion. Religion is the catalyst that both sides use to inspire further hatred but IMO the reasons for the initial Islamic hatred toward the US, the reasons for the 9/11 attack, are about much more than religion. There is a long list of crimes that the US has committed against the Islamic world since the end of WWII. These crimes were driven by the cold war and by US imperialism, the desire of the US to control the world. Virtually any educated person in the Islamic world could list them off for you but unfortunately the same is not true for US citizens, many of whom are blissfully unaware of what their government had done. They include: overthrowing the democratic secular government of Iran and installing the Shah, supporting Sadam Hussein as he used chemical weapons against his own people, the Iraq embargo after the first gulf war that resulted in thousands of deaths due to lack of food and medicine, a US destroyer shooting down an Iranian passenger plane -- in that case not only did we refuse to apologize we gave the war criminal captain a medal.

Until the US opens its eyes to the legitimate grievances that the Islamic world has real peace will never happen.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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