Originally posted by Chris Cuilla
War on Islam? I don't know. This seems like a stretch. Ranting even. The specifics you have mentioned (Abu Ghraib/Qur'an desecration) are (at best) the (wrong) actions of a few that hardly consitute a "war on islam".
You would get more traction (with me anyway) by using the "war for oil and money" argument...in Iraq anyway. Or even that "war on terror" is an ill-conceived approach/tactic.
For me? More than you have offered in that post.
Ok, let me clarify. The intention is to 'modify' Islam in the sense of making it more moderate, rather than eradicate it - but it is still a war. The word that is constantly bandied about is 'reformation' (although that is a uniquely Christian concept) and also 'democratize (again purely western) is also often heard.
So in this sense I think we can agree that there is an attempt to 'adjust' Islam emanating from certain sectors in the west. You see it every day - laws against hijab
in France (I don't agree with hijab
necessarily, this is an illustration), questions of 'multiculturalism' and 'fitting-in' with perceived notions of Britishness are the burning issue now in the UK.
If you spend any time at all in Islamic countries you can see this process at the raw end. It has been going on for years and what jihadis
and terror cells that actually do exist (and there are far fewer and they are much lamer than suggested) are in part a reaction against this.
But really, what is important to realise are the reasons
for this 'war' (feel free to replace the term if you feel more comfortable) and this will open many Americas so to speak. They are not at all religious.
Essentially, a certain mindset in power in the west views undeveloped countries as resources to be exploited. Regardless of one's moral position on this it is a relatively well known fact. In the case of Islamic countries though (as opposed to say, China) the core belief is opposed to such exploitation because of their beliefs and therefore these beliefs need to be 'modified'.
For example: it is illegal to loan money at interest in Islam and this is a serious block to the west's exploitation of countries with a strong Islamic presence. Even in the UK the market for Islamic mortgages is rising by 50% a year. This represents a significant loss to established banks and you'd better believe they find it worrying.
Similarly, with Halal food, this is a block to mass production of foodstuffs and factory farming (also not appropriate in an Islamic context). Perhaps the biggest hit is taken by pharmaceutical firms, we know they are worried about natural medicine but they have fits about burgeoning numbers of Muslims who refuse vaccinations and certain medicines etc.
All these things need adjusting if big business is to develop new massive markets - this is the subtext of all this 'freedom' and 'democracy' that we hear all the time. Freedom to trade in a way of life of your own for a western one. ANd if you don't it will be forced on you by violence.
That's why I call it a war - what else is it. the result (if successful) will only be an Islam that is no longer 'strict' about such matters and allows all these things that are now forbidden.
And lo, some in the west gets richer.....Oil is just a bonus. You'll see that when they go into Iran and Syria and beyond when it all continues.