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Biggest Threat?

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in response to reader comment: you're right about Islam being the biggest threat in the world

Submitted by Mk (Australia), Feb 20, 2008 at 21:08

Americana: you are correct in saying that many Muslim countries are underdeveloped and are not as progressive as non-Muslim countries. You are also correct in saying that this is a result of mismanagement on the part of the so-called Muslim governments.

However, you must remember that the Western nations meddled in the Muslim nations' affairs, and this is what caused the great Ottoman Empire to crumble over the centuries. It was also the cause of the creation of nations like Syria and Jordan, which were previously regarded as being part of one region, not separated by a man-made border. The British lied to the House of Saud about supporting them to unite the Arab lands - they went to Arabia to control the oil, because the whole world depends on it. By controlling the oil, you control the world, and this is exactly what's happening. If you study the history of the Ottoman Empire (watch the videos on YouTube, you will be pleasantly surprised), you will be a lot more informed, and will not make such blind statements.

Also, you must understand that Muslims were united because 1) The content of the Qur'aan has remained unchanged since it was revealed to Muhammad (this cannot be said about the Bible), and 2) A core principle in Islam is that an Arab is not superior to a non-Arab. The West tried to change the Qur'aan, and failed miserably! So they went for plan B, and that was to instill shallow nationalist beliefs in the hearts of the Muslims in the region. This culminated in the creation of Turkey (under Kemal Attaturk), as well as other Arab nations, and hence, the conflict between Arab nations today (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Palestine (which is now fighting with itself), and illegally-created state of Israel (oh yes, it's no secret, it was illegal)

Ideologies like Wahhabism are at play in the Arab region and this is working against the cause of Islam. These retrogressive movements are detrimental not only to the Muslims, but to the whole world, and as you correctly stated, Muslim nations do not seem to be progressing, and this is due to these extreme ideologies at play.

Think about it: with such rich oil reserves, the Arabian Peninsula would be the wealthiest and most-developed region on the face of this planet! It would be the Number One tourist attraction, and would be the focal point of the world. Instead, it's fighting with itself and its neighbours. It has limited foresight because it has been brainwashed by Western powers, and it has submitted to terrible ideologies such as commercialism and nationalism.

The threat to the world is Wahhabism, not Islam, just like the KKK being the problem, not Christianity as a belief system. View the extremist ideology as a cancer on the body: remove the cancer, medicate the body, and watch the world unfold as it should.

Of course, this is a lot easier said than done, but tell me, what isn't?

Wake up, Oh Muslims!

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