|The Western World needs to understand that the aspirations
of the Arab Muslim populations each in their country is identical and can
hardly be changed by American style PR efforts. Their aspiration is not
to be the perpetual underdog to the Western society. However, equal will
not satisfy. Therefor they want to be separate, something that in a shrinking
World has become impossible. Technically inferior, they aim for a moral
higher society, they also miss the foundation for that goal. Hate
is acceptable in Islam as long as you don't treat those hated unjust.
"Hate" makes Islam inferior; hate is irreconcilable with God.
Much of what I wrote thus far about these topics is now supported by
writers and journalists, with more detailed information available
However there is no penetration of the underlying principle.
For the public, the US government needs to continue to proclaim that
it is not fighting against Islam or it's people, but "that it is a war
against terrorism". However I have to assume that they understand that
because there are (at least) two opposing sites to the conflict, and one
site promotes the conflict as being religious, that it is indeed a conflict
of religious different based societies.
A simple principle is that comparing any two entities, whether it are
two baseball clubs or two lawyers or two writers, however small the difference,
one of each pair has to be the better.
These differences are not created by Osama b. L.; they are historical,
Osama has occurred as a phenomena of what can be described in secular
terms as by "natural selection". He has floated to the top in the scum
of the boiling soup, we call the Middle East or Arab World. (a little poetic
The opposing World views have developed with different stimulating impulses.
The Western World has developed with the New Testamentic "turn the other
cheek, lay your life down for your brother love" with some secular
rational "common sense" self-defense justification impulse, plus a better
"choice" of living environment.
The Arab-Muslim World including its diaspora and external converts,
has developed, badly digesting impulses of humiliation
and resentment and in physically harsh circumstances, while also handicapped
in their progress by tradition. This does not describe any of the good
aspects of their culture; it only touches the problems.
While the prime minister of Italy was widely criticized for his comparing
of societies, there is no doubt, that Westerns are quietly agreeing
with his view. With the tolerance for different cultures, as in "multicultural",
in the West, we leave space for inferior life forms (styles) as long as
they don't harm. (As long as we don't identify the direct link to the harm).
political elite of the so called "modern Arab or Muslim" or friendly
nations, are in the un - enviable position to keep stability in their country
where emotions characteristically, run high. The rulers might have done
this already, with the strong arm of police and military, for many years.
The stability this has given in the past, might have allowed a chance
to develop slowly more democratic forms of government. However the fanatic
factor of the Al Qaeda organization has put this process in disarray and
might have put the World on a course to elimination by competition between
both West and Arab Worlds.
The Western basic philosophy is to unite the World: "Democratic Multi
The Al Qaeda concept is to divide the World if not conquer it wholly
and throw it back to a lifestyle it understands and has been taught to
be the only right one.
We are indeed in a struggle for "Our way of life". A way of tollerance
for different opinions, however immature or unsophysticated, even wrong.
The word "terror" is also understood differently in the Arabic World
than in the Western World.
Each site divines it by the originating provocation and the resulting
scope of violence.
For civilians any form of mega violence is perceived as terror, no matter
what the source is. A tornado can be pure terror. Only qualifying the event
with more sophistication, crystallizes the Western concept as an evil deed
done to innocent people.
The acts committed against the US on 9/11/01 are according the Al Qaeda
view just smart actions against an enemy. This might not be so strange
if we remember how WW2 was fought. Whether it was London and Rotterdam
or Dresden, Bremen an Hamburg, tens of thousands of civilians where killed
in one night. Include also Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (If there was justification
is not the point.)
This also means that the Taliban Al Qaeda consortium doesn't expect
The provocation in the Osama mind is symbolic: He is expelled from his
birth land and the US is allowed to have its military bases there.
The US also is in practical sense encroaching on the Islamic culture
and undermining the desired purity with all freedoms and licentious morals
the Western society exports. And indeed we are corrupted. Are'nt we struggeling
with questions of the influence of sex and violence on TV on our kids?
While the terror act is political, there still can be moral difference
as seems to be expressed by Arrafat. His "Palestinian" gripes with Israel's
politics are against Israel's "oppression and occupation". The terroristic
faction of the "Palestinians" are according this view, more justifiable.
That Israel react in an "Old Testamentic an eye for an eye" manner makes
situation not better, but ripe to be plucked by Osama b. L.
The reason that Russia and China have taken sites with the US is not
for a small part earned with the trust and reliability of the Western Diplomacy;
remember the patience the US applied to solving the plane crash conflict
of the surveillance plane and the Chinese Mig, earlier this year. There
is also common purpose of the leadership: the prosperity of their peoples.
The not totally unimportant Russian problem in Chechnia or the Chinese
problems with Falun Gong and Tibet, dwarf compared to the danger of a United
Muslim Empire as envisioned by the Taliban type fanatic Islam and aspiring
The position of women in "Islam in offensive mode" can be understood;
women in a position of influence as in Western nations would be an obstacle
to the violent plans to unite the Islamic World. Women have a natural socializing
influence on society. It can as well be observed in American society and
is resulting in what is called the "gender gap". Women in the Islamic World
are not left the chance to influence politics.
Why are we not aware of the underlying principle? It is because we have
to go back much further, than most are willing to go. Young spirits rather
deal with the here and now. You think I touched the underlying principle?
Barely! Why should I; you wouldn't want to know. For now just remember:
"Make no mistake about it, it's good versus evil".G.W.B.