Originally Posted by Jaycint
Here's a good start then, quit treating women like cattle. Quit killing people because they have the audacity to be Jewish, or Christian, or any other religion that isn't Islam. Quit teaching hatred in your elementary schools. That's a good start.
Then when you are done with that get a hold of the fact that Israel isn't going anywhere. Learn to live next to your fellow man in peace. I know Israel isn't innocent of violence, there is plenty of blood on their hands as well but for the most part it is in response to having buses full of women and children blown up. Both sides need to learn to coexist which is hard to do when one sides (Hamas) stated intent is the absolute destruction of the Jewish state.
Very, very true, I don't disagree with any of this.
But you can provide a respect for their culture while not agreeing with certain aspects of it. U.S. foreign policy has been very one-sided with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, our military presence in the region is to protect our oil interests, we have consistently supported and propped up dictatorships and authoritarians with atrocious human rights records when it has suited our interests, etc.
I agree that the Muslim world is largely in need ot a giant kick in the rear. They're living, culturally, in the stone age, particularly with their treatment of women and religious fanaticism. But the best way to see improvement in these areas is by offering humanitarian and economic aid, supporting truly democratic movements, providing money and assistance for education and cultural institutions (and tie that money directly to assurances that women will be allowed to participate actively), etc.
The fact that they view the U.S. as 85% Jewish is a remarkable figure.