There are a few Muslim extremists who commit heinous acts of terror but who plays a part in the role of reinforcing this stereotyping of Muslim-Terror which then very unfairly stigmatises many innocent Muslims?
It's called politics. It's much easier to invade countries for oil when it is perceived (and spun) as an act of defence. It's also politically expedient to have an enemy you can get tough on. The larger and more powerful the enemy is, the more political capital can be gained from it. The obscurity of the 'enemy' created indicates the level of desperation to score some points.
For example in France the lunatic Sarkozy is currently stigmatising Romani travellers for political expedience. Clearly he is very desperate indeed.
Terrorists come in all shapes sizes and philosophies. Even a school yard bully is a terrorist.
Don, I agree that this problem is rooted in politics. Our government has kept us in a war with someone for 4/5 of our existence as a country. If we have no enemies it is hard to justify the massive expenditures our military industrial complex currently enjoys. When you couple this with the declining education levels in America it becomes easier to sell the next evil that must be defeated to save us. They have no problem creating an enemy if none currently exists as we saw in Iraq and the WMDs. All terrorists are not created or treated equally in America today. Look at the massive war effort against the Muslim faith and compare that to the way this country ignores domestic terrorism. We have hundreds of thousands of christian extremeists that are not only ignored but allowed to spread their message of hate to the world. If you can't build a mosque within 10 blocks of ground zero they should close down every christian church with in 10 blocks of any abortion clinic that has suffered at the hands of christians.
George Orwell. "1984" on steroids. But, really, do we have to discuss genocide? Do we really have to turn this into a christian bashing forum? This nation was born from terroristic acts (Just ask King George III if he felt like he was being attacked by colonial terrorists.) The defeated south was subjected to terroristic acts, as were the freed slaves. The Cabal that you perceive to be at the root of domestic terror are generally a few nut cases, while international terror is funded by individuals and states unfriendly to the U.S. and it's allies, and their numbers are increasing everyday. The misguided souls who target places like abortion clinics should be advised to target the ballot box. What ballot box can Al Qaeda use to change policies that they feel need changing. The mosque at GR0 has nothing to do with terrorism, opposition to it has to do with freedom of speech. Comparing apples to oranges, and trying to link one to the other doesn't always pan out.
Why keep starting a new thread with the exact same question every few days?
Is it just that every time someone disagrees with the premise of the question - that Islam is blameless and that everyone is treating muslims unfairly - you run away and start a new thread because you know you can't win the argumnent?
I don't think the OP is suggesting those who follow Islam are entirely blameless. I think he's suggesting that compared to the number of people who profess Islamic belief in the world, the percentage who are extremists and commit acts of destruction is very small indeed. Yet it is that percentage that is characterised as representative of all Islamic people.
Most Muslims on mainstream media news tend to be depicted either committing acts of violence, celebrating an act of violence, or involved in some religious controversy or other. It's entirely possible based on such coverage to form the opinion that all 1.5 billion Muslims in the word commit wanton acts of destruction or celebrate them as a matter of course, when in reality it is a minority. As the OP says that is stereo-typing.
No doubt some extremists commit atrocities. But I think it would be naive not to think our politicians have exploited that fact for their own ends, particularly in relation to Iraq.
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