The West and the dominant countries have consistently blamed Islam for most of modern day terrorism. But I feel what these nations fail to realize is, Islam is/was associated with terror after these "movement" reached a certain stage ie., a stage in with the original followers of the movement has lost drive and confidence and the leaders were out of ideas and few hard core associates in order to drag the movement further and to widen the support, associated the movement with religion, as it one of the easiest way segregate people. But the dominant countries (who calls them selves to be victim of terror) refuse to analyze/expose the original cause of the movement that lead to the present day terrorism. As a case study, If you take Kashmir (bcos I think, I may know it better) ... First Kashmiris are predominantly Sufi Muslims (only 23 % are Sunni), by and large Sufis are not considered true Muslims, by other groups (Sunnis and shies), and they are considered to be closer to Hinduism than to other Muslim groups. Second ? Indian government has/had a policy of not investing on the border states which might be prone to enemy attack, this resulted in stagnant growth in industry in border states like Kashmir, Punjab and North-East (incidentally those are/were the states that are most affected by terrorism till date) and in a pre-economic liberalization period (before early 1990?s) most major industry where government owned and the private sector were reluctant to invest money in these states. This resulted in unemployment and poverty, to add to this state election in Kashmir were rigged and the state government cared less for the people, so Kashmiris where forced to fight, Pakistan which at that time had successfully executed the U.S sponsored proxy war in Afghanistan, want to use its expertise against its enemy (at least it think so) ... thus it all started So now the question is who is to blame for the whole Kashmir issue Indian government or Pakistan or Islam or west? The scenario is much the same in most other countries but the difference is the indirect involvement of west is much more there than in Kashmir. At one point Israelis armed Hamas to use it against PLO (which was comparatively more secular), Afghan gun culture was once funded by US; India for its part trained the LTTE to fight the Srilankan army. So why blame Islam ? [ October 29, 2003: Message edited by: Vinod John ]
The problem has never been about Islam, but rather the way certain people interpret Islam. And this carries over to all other religions as well. People read what they want to out of holy books, laws, etc.
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