What do Supporters of Radical Christianity and Radical Islam Have in Common?
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Many radical Christian Americans support Bush, not so much because they like his policies, but because they believe him to be a “good Christian.” Many of the more radical conservative Christians have even dubbed the War in Iraq a “War Against Islam.”
And yet, many nationalist Arabs support terrorist leaders because they believe them to be “good Muslims.” And some of the most radical consider a War against America to be a “War Against Infidels” (Christians and Jews).
What is the blindness of many American Christians and many Arab Muslims that prevents them from seeing the other side as decent people just trying to move on with their lives? Americans say we will leave Iraq as soon as the insurgents stop fighting us. Iraqis say the insurgents will stop fighting us as soon as America leaves Iraq. Even Osama Bin Laden considered his attack a response to US occupation of Arab soil. Who is the aggressor here? Who is the aggrieved? (Answer: BOTH sides!)
Can anyone support either policies of Arab terrorism against innocent civilians or U.S. occupation against a country that never attacked us (leading to at least 25,000, if not 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilian deaths)?
And while terror against civilians is never justified, it is justified to fight against an occupying army? Does it matter if the army has acted in response to aggression?
Is much of America as myopic (near-sighted) as much of the Arab world?
When will American Christians learn there is a difference between ignorant, warmongering Arabs who support Islamic terrorists and a billion peaceful Muslims worldwide?
When will Arab Muslims learn there is a difference between ignorant, warmongering Americans who support a jihad against Islam and billions of peaceful Christians worldwide?
As that most unlikely philosopher Rodney King put it, “Can’t we all just get along?”