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Why the Middle East Hates The Western World
I know some of the things I will write about in this Hub will be twisted by some people to portray myself as a bigot and someone that wants to spread hate. Actually, the opposite is true. I want to explain why many Muslims in the Middle East hate the Western world.
First, in our politically correct world , we are told there are only a “handful” of radical, Islamic extremists that hate America, Israel, and the Western World. That's not true. While there may not be a majority of Islamic Muslims that wish to do us harm, I fully believe that the near majority, if not the majority hate us. This is just not a personal feeling. Let's talk about the facts and why they feel this way.
Young children are like sponges, they absorb new ideas and embrace those new ideas and learn very quickly. Now imagine if you were raised as a young child in a school system with corrupt texts that spew misinformation and hate. Your being told there was no holocaust, Western ways are immoral, and the people in those regions are depraved and want to conquer the Muslim world.
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It's a known fact that private Islamic religious schools in the Middle East called madrasas, which are growing in popularity teach religious hatred. A madrasa teaches a curriculum focusing on the Quran and Islamic texts. I have read about these schools for many years. They largely take in the poor and ingrain a anti-western attitude in their minds. Here is a report that was done for congress in 2008 on the danger of Madrasas.
It's not only the private Islamic schools. Here is a segment taken form a public fourth-grade school book in Saudi Arabia “Christians and Jews are "apes and pigs" and warns students not to "greet," "befriend" or "respect" non-believers.” The same textbook also tell the young students to "love for the sake of God and to hate for the sake of God."
I'm not cherry picking quotes from obscure school text books. The main-stream school books in Islamic countries read like the one I quoted from.
When your raised in an environment such as this why would you not hate the Western world?
Poverty coupled with ignorance can cause hatred. A case in point was the explosive story of a young, Christian Pakistani girl that was eleven or fourteen and was mentally challenged. Reports were that she had downs syndrome.
She was jailed, mostly for her own safety, before a mob killed her for burning pages of the Koran. A Pakistani police officer told a reporter that most of the population can't read, so anytime they see writing in Arabic they assume its the Koran as the Koran is the only book they are familiar with.
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Until problems of poverty and education are solved the Western world will always be hated. Islamic radicals use the calling of jihad on on the Western world to further their political aims and to deflect the concerns of corruption and poverty they can't solve. We are a convenient scapegoat.
I have very little ideas on how to change the minds of the Muslim world. I know many people want us to disengage ourselves from the Middle East and cut off funding, basically take an isolationist position. I feel tempted to take that position as well but if we go that route, we open a vacuum up that the radical elements can exploit.
The status quo though, isn't working either. Until these Islamic countries become more open societies I don't things will change, that is why the leaders of radical Islamic fractions are trying so hard to keep keep their populations in a dark, closed type of society.
They know that once education and new ideas are presented to their people then their grip on power will lessen and they will become irrelevant.
A free, open society with quality education would destroy the radical leaders and their grip on power. They know for their own sake that can't let this happen.
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