Posted By RichC on September 17, 2006
Terrorism is the major worldwide issue for many elected to govern our country, unfortunately a poll recently release has only 11% of questioned US Citizens put ‘terrorism’ as the highest priority item this upcoming election. That’s difficult to believe until you realized that the poll separates Iraq from the terrorism question. If the two are combined, the number is about 44%. Many Americans, including former Speaker Newt Gingrich, support the President’s position that Iraq is part of the overall war on terror. On the contrary his adversaries see Iraq as a distraction from combating terrorism at home and abroad. Speaker Gingrich, academic and historian, has been quoted in many articles over the past several months in his positions that we may be close to World War III. Some discount this as a far out remark and as a way to simulate support for aggressive Republican policies in dealing with terrorism — perhaps they are a bit naive after seeing the response to a quote in a speech by the Pope this past week?
Besides the Islamic extremist that advocate terrorism there are moderate Muslims that are for the most point quiet to the purposeful killing of ‘infidels,’ Jews and westerners by radical Islamists. This group that is surprisingly quiet as to terror in the name of Islam has little problem loudly protesting (and firebombing) remarks by Pope Benedict XVI, which do not reflect is overall teaching or comments.
Where was this outrage when terrorist attack and kill thousands or Muslim speakers comment on other beliefs? The uprising across Muslim nations has been excessive as the comments by the Pope who included a quote from a 14th century Byzantine Christian emperor was used in speaking on religion and reason. (â€œShow me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.â€) I don’t follow Pope Benedict XVI closely, but what I have read is noticed is that he has a desire for peace in the world and is not advocating a movement against Islam. Actually, I’ve heard far stronger comments coming from leaders like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. As for the Pope’s comments, they were probably not politically correct or even wise, yet I do see his point about “religion and reason.” Some mainstream religions do allow ‘reason’ to be discussed and taught along side their religious teaching, whereas others squelch ‘reason’ if it conflicts with religious teaching; some more violently than others.
As for World War III, the stimuli and population masses are in place that could make a world war a possible. Some Muslims are being taught there is little room for for those that have different beliefs and they have little tolerance for it. It seems like small events, comments, cartoons or even freedom associated with democracy creates a much bigger flames in the Islamic world than it should. It many not take much to take sides and escalate a small event into a world war. (just remember what the kidnapping of a couple soldiers did a month ago)