|added Sat November 18 2006 at 7:23 PM
|Again, this is a reply to an email that I won't share here in interest of the other person's privacy. If anybody feels that I'm being unfair to the other side of the debate by only printing my own views, please speak up and I'll do my best to summarize the opposing arguments. It should be clear, however, what the opposite side is saying based on my remarks and what other pro-Bush, pro-War advocates have been saying for the last three years.
The Muslim threat has, indeed, been increasing over the last 30 years. I'm still not convinced, though, that the current situation in Iraq helps the relations with the Islamic world and doesn't actually make things worse. I have for some time agreed that the Islamic world seems to have taken the role that the Christian world held in the 12th and 13th centuries, when we were crusading against the Muslim world. We were wrong then, they are wrong now. How do we stop this cycle?
What I see happening now is that many of the horrible things that the Muslims are teaching their children about Christians, we are starting to teach our children about Muslims. Muslims are definitely not the only evil people in the world, though. There are lengthy lists of Muslim terrorist events that I cannot dispute, but there are many terrorist acts in between that were not in any way related to Islam:
In other words, Islam has never held exclusive rights to using terrorism against civilians. They may now be the most prolific and most likely to get media attention, but that does not make them the only ones. Not all terrorists are Muslim.
- Olympic Park bombing, 1996 - radical Christian
- Oklahoma City bombing, 1995 - anti-government Roman Catholic
- Any number of events in Northern Ireland, 1960s-1990s - Protestants vs Catholics
- Russian Apartment Bombings - Chechens vs Russians
There's more to read. Read the extended entry.