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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Quote Originally Posted by LookingGlass View Post
    Muslims are the kookiest of all organized religions. No they would just keep on keeping on. The only reason they are even tolerated now is oil. It is the ONLY marketable commodity they possess, unless you're Charlie Sheen and want the heroin...or is he a coke head. If the oil fields are ever compromised they will be contained and then revised much like after the first WW.
    And here I thought it was the Scientologists who are the kookiest of them all.

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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Quote Originally Posted by LookingGlass View Post
    Muslims are the kookiest of all organized religions. No they would just keep on keeping on. The only reason they are even tolerated now is oil. It is the ONLY marketable commodity they possess, unless you're Charlie Sheen and want the heroin...or is he a coke head. If the oil fields are ever compromised they will be contained and then revised much like after the first WW.

    Nah, something like that could never happen, could it?

    "Official: US oil at the heart of Iraq crisis
    Sunday Herald, The, Oct 6, 2002 by Exclusive By Neil Mackay

    President Bush's Cabinet agreed in April 2001 that "Iraq remains a destabilising influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East" and because this is an unacceptable risk to the US "military intervention" is necessary.

    Vice-president Dick Cheney, who chairs the White House Energy Policy Development Group, commissioned a report on "energy security" from the Baker Institute for Public Policy, a think-tank set up by James Baker, the former US secretary of state under George Bush Snr.

    The report, Strategic Energy Policy Challenges For The 21st Century, concludes: "The United States remains a prisoner of its energy dilemma. Iraq remains a de-stabilising influence to the flow of oil to international markets from the Middle East. Saddam Hussein has also demonstrated a willingness to threaten to use the oil weapon and to use his own export programme to manipulate oil markets. Therefore the US should conduct an immediate policy review toward Iraq including military, energy, economic and political/ diplomatic assessments.

    "The United States should then develop an integrated strategy with key allies in Europe and Asia, and with key countries in the Middle East, to restate goals with respect to Iraqi policy and to restore a cohesive coalition of key allies."

    Baker who delivered the recommendations to Cheney, the former chief executive of Texas oil firm Halliburton, was advised by Kenneth Lay, the disgraced former chief executive of Enron, the US energy giant which went bankrupt after carrying out massive accountancy fraud. The other advisers to Baker were: Luis Giusti, a Shell non- executive director; John Manzoni, regional president of BP and David O'Reilly, chief executive of ChevronTexaco. Another name linked to the document is Sheikh Saud Al Nasser Al Sabah, the former Kuwaiti oil minister and a fellow of the Baker Institute.

    Official: US oil at the heart of Iraq crisis | Sunday Herald, The Newspaper | Find Articles at BNET
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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Islam’s meteoric rise in her first few centuries of existence naturally led to a confident theological world view. Muslims explained the speed and expanse of their conquest as Gods’ favor toward the community He had entrusted as the sole custodians of His Truth. As He had commanded them to spread it over the entire globe; they could no more fail than could He. Christianity, in contrast, was established largely under the assumption that its members would be periodically persecuted by the state. In situations where another, hostile, force is dominant they have a clear and available lens to interpret the world and their role in it. Muslims have no such theological fall-back position, and the rise of the West - and its subsequent conquest of the lands of Islam - has thrown its inhabitants into a form of cultural cognitive dissonance. Humiliation, shame, and anger fuse with each other in attempting to explain How This Could Be. The result is a Napoleonic inferiority complex. This expresses itself in a number of ways.

    The most obvious is the reach to selectively redefine the world around them. It is worth noting that the one area in which both official “state” and “popular” nationalistic expressions agree in the Middle East is in the speed with which they spread and accept conspiracy theories to explain national deficiencies. Misdeeds by members of the Arab community are often ignored or even blamed on the West. When Syria crushed the city of Hama in 1992 (killing an estimated 10,000-25,000 people to put down an Islamist-inspired revolt), the general response was comparatively muted. Mere months later, the slaughter of 700-800 Palestinian refugees by Maronite allies of Israel provoked shocked and widespread condemnation of Israel, and the West was blamed for both disasters. The Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) is relatively uninterested in brutal civil wars or repressions within its member-states (Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Somalia), and instead prefers to focus only on the human rights of Muslims living in non-Islamic states, such as Palestinians in Israel. Even actions by allies cannot be decried; when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, an Islamic country, the response from the nationalist / militarist nation-states was muted at best. Some states (including the Palestinian Liberation Organization) even defended the move.

    For that matter, the alliance with the Soviet Union demonstrates the need to restructure and redefine history. The USSR was no natural ally of the Arabs, as it played a significant role in ensuring that the United Nations General Assembly would vote to establish Israel, was among the first of foreign governments to grant it recognition, and authorized its satellites to sell Israel weaponry. What provided the popular support for Egypt, Syria, et. al. allying with the USSR was the perception that this would give the hated West a black eye. Anything was defendable so long as it revenged the humiliation and relieved the pressure of inferiority.

    Even former enemies could become purified through their opposition to the West. Saddam Hussein’s initial invasion of Kuwait prompted Osama bin Laden to extend an offer to the Saudi royal family to place his organization at their service – to fight Saddam. Their rejection and Saddam’s opposition to the United States, however, turned the tables and by 1998 in his Declaration of the World Islamic Front for Jihad against the Jews and Crusaders bin Laden was describing the American actions in Iraq as “aggression.” The ideological necessity of opposing the West (and the US in particular) required that Osama decry them for undertaking the same mission that he himself had earlier offered to do. For those suffering most intently from this condition, acts of violence in service of a selective reality became an instrument of self-expression, a means of relieving the pressure stemming from the anger towards a world not obedient to ones’ preferred reality.

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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Anything was defendable so long as it revenged the humiliation and relieved the pressure of inferiority.

    For those suffering most intently from this condition, acts of violence in service of a selective reality became an instrument of self-expression, a means of relieving the pressure stemming from the anger towards a world not obedient to ones’ preferred reality.
    /disagree on these points.

    Nice post, however.

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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    I have to agree with my libertarian brother.
    If we completely left all Muslim countries the radicals would have a harder time bring in recruits and in time the US and the Muslim countries can open up a dialog, etc.
    If we want peace we need to pull our support for Israel and be neutral; of course, pulling our support for Israel is good for the US but, that is another topic.
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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    They've hated Australia since 1915.
    they've actually only 'hated' the US since the Six Day War.

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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    I have to agree with my libertarian brother.
    If we completely left all Muslim countries the radicals would have a harder time bring in recruits and in time the US and the Muslim countries can open up a dialog, etc.
    If we want peace we need to pull our support for Israel and be neutral; of course, pulling our support for Israel is good for the US but, that is another topic.
    yes. nothing mollifies a bully like showing weakness.

    Dane-geld

    IT IS always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say:
    "We invaded you last night we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away."

    And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
    That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
    And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

    It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say:
    "Though we know we should defeat you,
    we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we've proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
    So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say: --

    "We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost;
    For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that plays it is lost!"
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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    And see, what I see is making excuses. Both religions attract a radical element. Both radical elements can be violent. Both try and demonize the other.
    Agreed. At the moment, however, radical Muslims are far deadlier and have racked up thousands of more deaths than radical Christians or even radical Tree Huggers.

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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    yes. nothing mollifies a bully like showing weakness.
    Exactly which is why the Europeans are always getting their asses in a fix requiring American intervention to correct.

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    Re: Would radical Muslims leave the U.S. alone if....

    or even radical Tree Huggers
    i don't know if i'd go that far. deaths attributable to the banning of DDT, for example, easily range around 60 million, the vast majority of them children.

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