September 30, 2004
RE BOOK TITLE: The War on Islam
1. There are many wars being waged on Muslims -
Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Chechnya,
2. Each war has a specific purpose and participants
who may or may not be at war on Islam.
3. For the most part Muslims are the victim of: the
military, industrial, congressional complex; global
corporations; Israel; zionists; evangelical
Christians; their own leaders; their own community.
4. For Christian evangelicals, and the Hindus in
Gujarat, it may be a war on Islam.
5. For most it is war for resources or markets.
6. In the "global war on terror," for U.S. news
media Islam and Muslim appear to be interchangeable
- they are not.
7. Muslims are dying in greater numbers than those
waging war on them.
8. "The War on Islam" covers many of these issues.
Whether or not these "wars" are on Islam, for
resources and markets, for all of the preceding, is
9. Following the collapse of the USSR, a search for
new "enemies" led to the creation of the "Islamic
fundamentalist" threat, which evolved and became
the "rogue states," followed by the "axis of evil,"
and after 9-11, the "war on terror."
Conclusion: Among the many wars being waged on
Muslims, there are some who are waging war on
Islam, others have different motives. Islam is
denigrated, and Muslims are demonized, to
rationalize waging war. Overall, there is no clash
of civilizations, but there are clashes both
between and within nations. Ultimately, most are a
clash of values -- greed versus justice.
PS: Thirty-eight percent of American Muslims
believe that the U.S. war on terrorism is really a
war on Islam, according to a survey released by
researchers at Georgetown University.
-- The Washington Times, October 19, 2004.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union,
America's foreign policy establishment focussed on
Islam as the new threat - see "The Green Peril:
Creating the Islamic Fundamentalist Threat," by
Leon T. Hadar.