These are slightly more significant than the shack mosque in the video: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan
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Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
We provide technical assistance in the development of their oil industry and economy more generally through a number of grants and government programs. Through USAID we assist with civil governance, democratization, agricultural productivity, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention, education, workforce development; through the Department of Defense we assist with de-mining and weapons abatement programs.
What more would you have us do?
Send combat troops into Angola in order to enforce the law and keep the peace?
That's not really the role of the U.S. military, and besides, if we did it you know full well that the developing world, especially Arab/Muslim nations would be out burning American flags and protesting in the streets about how we're an evil empire bent on global domination.
And look, we're not talking about a massive war of ethnic/religious cleansing or genocide here.
We're talking about a couple guys bulldozing a single corrugated steel building that some video on the Internet claims is a Mosque. It appears that they're going about the demolition in a peaceful manner.
If that building really is a Mosque, and Muslim people are being persecuted, then I agree with you that the Unites States should condemn that behavior and pressure Angolan authorities to knock it off.
But I've also read several reports of small upstart religions springing up all over Angola in very poor communities and milking gullible, ignorant, provincial people for all they're worth and then picking up stakes and moving on to the next town to do the same thing all over again once they're wrung the population dry. It seems as though it's become a real problem because Angola doesn't have the kind of social safety net to support people being left destitute in that way. And from what I've read this isn't just a Muslim issue. Christians and leaders of, I guess they would be, "cult" religions are doing the same thing.
Are you sure that what we're seeing is actually a Mosque being torn down?
Are you sure that it's a well established and thoroughly legitimate Mosque?
And not some itinerant "Muslim" preacher who is just part of that scene that is going around taking advantage of people?
Do you know that this is part of some widespread conspiracy and not just an isolated incident in one small town in a country filled with hundreds or thousands of small towns?
In other words, is this something that is truly worthy of becoming an international incident?
Finally, I do agree with you that a great many Americans are totally ignorant of the difference between Islam and Islamism, and even more ignorant of the difference between nationalist Islamism and the kind of Salifi Qutbist Jihadin Islamism that results in anti-western terrorism.
But that's a two way street.
You are clearly as ignorant of the tremendous amount of aid, assistance, and guidance that America pours into the developing society and government of Angola, and probably most other places around the world too.
As quick as some Americans are to poke a stick into Islam, it seems like you're equally quick to poke a stick into America.
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“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”