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Islam, flexibility of religious violence

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Submitted by Vijay (Switzerland), Feb 25, 2008 at 13:09

>Daniel Pipes replies:

>Muslim understanding of the Koran has definitely evolved over the nearly 1,400 years since it came >into existence. One sign is the huge increase in violence in the name of Islam over the past thirty >years.

The reasons for this phenomenon:

1. In the last 50 years trillions of $$$$ have gone to fundemenatlist Wahhabi and Shia governments like Saudi Arabia and iran, especially the former.

2. Saudis have been able to get a disproportionate ideological influence purely through their money power and the whole islamic world has been infected with wahhabist / salafist mentality.

3. This has not only increased the islam hostility to anything modern and non-islamic, it has also led to a greater split along Shia-Sunni lines. The bloodshed due to Shia-Sunni violence is perhaps far more than Muslim-nonMuslim violence

4.The "subcontracting" of the Afghanistan war during 1979-2000 ba western powers to Muslim fundemntalists and the subsequent defeat of the USSR have greatly increased the self-confidence of the wahhabi and other fundemntalist Muslims. They have come to believe unrestricted violence in the name of Islam can achieve any power and can even bring down superpowers.

5. The violence of the fundementalists has driven Muslim modernization and enlightenment into retreat.

The solution lies in attacking the snakepit of Islamic fundemntalism in it's source ie.e saudi arabia and it's wahhabist ideology. As long as saudi Arabia is a protectorate of the USA, this will never happen. Unless Muslims are given rights in non-Muslim lands in proportion to which non-Muslims are given rights in muslim lands, Muslims will think the world is for their asking and a bit of suicidal violence.

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