In the modern world today, we see a return to global conflict, even if it isn't as intense or as costly as before. However, with the advent of Mass-Casualty causing weapons proliferating to smaller and more unstable countries and parties, terrorists are now a threat not to be taken lightly
Over the past 40 years (most notably,) organized terrorist groups and criminal masterminds have built war machines that have a global reach, and command a decent amount of money and arms. The main factor in fueling the fires of contempt and increasing membership is the literal translation of the Koran (yes, I have a copy) and impressing hate upon members of their society through mosque attendance and through the media
. Their culture is one that holds people back based on outdated ideas of inferiority, and is strictly traditional. Judgements are quick, and punishments are severe. Tolerance and acceptance as we know it is nearly non-existent.
America on the other hand, has been busy also. In the last 40 years, their main adversary has dissolved, and the economy is the strongest and largest in the world. Not to mention it's armed forces, who also have a global reach, and are nearly unmatched in the air, land and sea. However, America is pluralistic, and very liberal compared to the theocracies of the former party in this discussion. There are some who believe that war in this era is unjustified, and vocalize their greivances very loudly. Hollywood actors, common individuals and politicians alike have all voiced and taken steps to end war. However, rhetoric and intent has not changed from the theocracies, and "Jihadistan" (literally "land of jihad") seems unwilling to cease military action should the United States do so. The conflict is over something other than military provocation in and of itself.
The conflict comes in the driving ideologies of each.
Eventually, co-existence will become impossible as each set of ideologies expands. My questions are:
What are the consequences of the defeat of either side? If the United States pulls out of Iraq and Saudi Arabia, will terrorism subside? Why? Why not? Is peace impossible today? Does the fate of the human race depend on it?
if you need them, here
are some suras to keep in mind (from the Koran.)
posted by Chris from NH
(if it wasn't obvious before ;))