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Islam was indeed different 50 years ago

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Submitted by sara (United States), Mar 6, 2012 at 19:43

Egypt had not been overtaken by the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sayd Qutb had not yet gained notoriety and Iran had not undergone the Islamic revolution. I blame the soviets for igniting the fire of Jihad when they attacked Afghanistan in 1979, creating a substrate ripe for brainwashed ideology to rear its head and sweep through the arab world creating the modern interpretation of Islam, based on the rejection of Western rule. Since the day that Islam (Khomeini) became victorious over the infidel (Shah), the Muslim world has never looked back.

If you look at Egypt in the 20-50's, and Lebanon, they were all secular societies striving to westernize and progress. Perhaps the concurrent establishment of Iraq, Jordan, Syria and the British leaving left a power vacuum that was ripe for radicalization.

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