Originally Posted by registerthis
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.
The West needs a kick in the rear too, though. Their imperialist model (borrowed basically unchanged from the English and Dutch of two or three centuries ago) needs to be revamped and rethought. They need to stop listening to scumbag hawks like Kissinger, Wolfowitz, and Sharon. They need to adopt an incentive model, not a "shoot first, ask questions later" model the U.S. has been operating under since WWII.
And the great thing about the West is, they have the money, the resources, and the *secular* democracies to effect change and BE the model.