Date: Sun 15 Dec 2002 - 01:06:12 GMT
> Very interesting, but not exactly news. Plenty of fans of Adolph and
> Stalin around with equally nasty views. And before you say that this
> is far more prevalent and dangerous to the west than the previous
> nutters, how do you know? As far as I am aware, most people in most
> societies just want a quiet life and to bring up healthy children.
It is more dangerous than the two you mention because they were pure ideologies, drawing their power from flawed attempts at human logic; Radical Islam, on the other hand, claims a divine mandate to pursue their dreams of global Dar el Islam hegemony, and rather than simply dying in battle and that being the end of them, as Nazis and Stalinists believed, these believers are indoctrinated from birth with the unquestioned faith that if they die killing the infidels (anyone other than those religio- ideologically like thmselves), that they will be transported to an orgiastic Paradise, there to spend a rampant, wanton eternity filled with everything that they are forbidden to indulge in here.
> When did the Muslim world change from one which sheltered the Jews in
> the Middle East, in North Africa and in Spain till the late middle
> ages from the christians, to one where they are the personification of
> anti Muslim and evil? Assuming the Qu'ran has not changed too much why
> are jews acceptable 400 years ago and not now? These are questions
> that need looking at.
> Why did an advanced tolerant society skilled in science, medicine etc
> whilst we in the west struggled under the yoke of an ignorant church,
> lose such an advantage?
Because religious fundamentalism, particularly the Wahhabism of the past 200 years, has intimidated the moderate Muslim voices into relative silence. Can you imagine the hue and cry that would be raised in the US or Europe in the wake of broadcasts such as these? Why is it not heard there? Perhaps because more reasonable people are afraid to speak out against it.
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