It puts into context the past couple of centuries the various political influences that have swept through the region since General Napoleon Bonaparte's conquest. It becomes easier to see how the recent Nazi and Soviet frames of mind in this past century helped to swirl up an intense revival of religious fervor. A fervor that caters to the average Arab's deep and profound spiritual capabilities.
Then enter in the American influence since the discovery of Oil in the 1920's. Despite America's best intensions, the article really nailed it when it explained that:
"If you look at the current literature, you will find two views common in the United States and Europe. One of them holds that Islamic peoples are incapable of decent, civilized government. Whatever the West does, Muslims will be ruled by corrupt tyrants. Therefore the aim of our foreign policy should be to insure that they are our tyrants rather than someone else's Â friendly rather than hostile tyrants. This point of view is very much favored in departments of state and foreign offices and is generally known, rather surprisingly, as the "pro-Arab" view. It is, of course, in no sense pro-Arab. It shows ignorance of the Arab past, contempt for the Arab present, and unconcern for the Arab future.Then when you consider that the average Arab's knowledge of American culture is the garbage that's broadcast over mainstream television airwaves and out of Hollywood Studios- particularly nowadays- it is no wonder that their greatest fear is of their children adopting what they perceive as our 'values'. Most of us here in America feel the same way! Unfortunately they are now brainwashing the next generation of their offspring to consider Americans akin to Satan himself.
The second common view is that Arab ways are different from our ways. They must be allowed to develop in accordance with their cultural principles, but it is possible for them Â as for anyone else, anywhere in the world, with discreet help from outside and most specifically from the United States- to develop democratic institutions of a kind. This view is known as the "imperialist" view and has been vigorously denounced and condemned as such."
We are fighting an uphill battle that has only just begun for the new Islam that is being taught in extremist sects such as Wahhabism have very little resemblance to the Islam of old.
Also fascinating was the difference in how militant Arabs view the collapsing of the Soviet Union. Most of us will attribute Reagan's aggressive military buildup as the primary reason the Soviet Union crumbled under its own lumbering weight. However Muslims were fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan head on. When the Soviets withdrew, it was viewed as evidence that Jihad works. Allah truly was on their side and that they are unstoppable as long as they do not lack FAITH. Sound familiar? In the words of Osama:
"In this final phase of the ongoing struggle, the world of the infidels was divided between two superpowers - the United States and the Soviet Union. Now we have defeated and destroyed the more difficult and the more dangerous of the two, dealing with the pampered and effeminate Americans will be easy."Not an inaccurate assessment considering our tepid responses to the repeated attacks on our assets over the last couple of decades...
before 9/11/01 that is...
If you have the time, read the entire article.