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It seems there's a lot of "accidents of history" these days considering the degree of Muslim involvement everywhere. But, people deserve to be free? Does this extend to the Middle East too?
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Asking me for "proof" of this is like telling me I have to prove we need oxygen. Quick little Google searches for wisdom is why so many people are wandering about in the dark.
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First you have to match up the very similar paths of Christianity and Islam. Until the Protestant movement, Christianity was written in Latin only and ultimate power over the soul was given to the clergy (absolve and damnation). Furthermore, the center of Christianity was towards Rome. Everyone agrees that this religious control was much about maintaining power and order.
Now flip over to Islam, which has not had a reformation. This is where people become "politicially correct" and refuse to analyze and take a good look. The center of Islam is Mecca, the center of the Arab tribe . All face Mecca to pray. All are instructed to pray in Arabic. Now if God is everywhere as the Qu'ran instructs, why must Muslims pray towards a specific place? If God can speak all tongues as the Qu'ran states, why must Muslims pray in Arabic?
Sunni Arabs have spent centuries looking down upon other tribes of Muslims because Muhammad was one of them. And since the Prophet was one of them, then it becomes legitimate that all should cater towards the Sunni way. It was the Sunni in the Arab deserts that denied the Ottoman Caliphate its attempts to reform the religion and develop.
In the 20th century, Islam, as an organizing tool, began to fail. The onset of nationalism and secularism bewildered the diehard of Islam and fanaticism began to emerge. People like to place blame on the West, especially America, for all the region's troubles, but all blame goes to the inability of the Sunni culture to rise above its own damaging insecurities. All bad decisions in the Middle east can be traced right back to Sunni instigations and creations. Ever notice how quiet Muslims in the Middle east are when non-Arabs are being slaughtered? The Middle Eastern media virtualy ignored Sudan. It places all blame in Iraq upon American hands even though it is the Sunni that slaughters. The failed Arab/Israeli Wars have all been Sunni driven. Losing the religious importance of Iraq to the Shia was of more importance to Arab nations than deposing the dictator that slaughtered Muslims. No Arab government has truly addressed the Sunni extremist organizations in their midst unless they threaten their local governments.
And to this day, the "power of the mosque" in Islam remains, well after the "power of the church" in Christianity waned. And this power goes directly to centuries old Sunni prescriptions.
Once the capital of the sciences, Sunni Arabs turned back the clock immediately after the Crusades. The real victors of the Crusades weren't Arab Muslims. They were Muslim Ottoman Turks (converts). The culture that has spawned out of the heartland of Islam is soaked in stagnation and blame. A lack of sincerety towards education and progression. A general confusion of what a "good" Muslim means as they are bombarded with religious fundamentalism and throwbacks to Muhammad examples of violence.
The proper conclusion is that Islam has a Middle Eastern problem....not the other way around. There is a clear disease in this region. Terrorism is its symptom.
You seem to want the Middle East to be something it is not even against the tidal wave of in your face reality.
Last edited by MSgt; 04-09-10 at 10:21 PM.