Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Clash of Cultures
For centuries, the Muslim world and the Western world have clashed. In tends to come and go but it is always there. Presently, it is as strong as it has been in my lifetime.
The number of Muslims with an unfavorable view of the U.S. is rising. This is more pronounced with the younger generation that the older.
Muslim men and women in Muslim nations favor a sharia-based government than a non-sharia one. You wonder if the women who where questioned actually said what they thought? Gallup pollers stated that the male relatives insisted on listening in and correcting the replies. I really don't think the women are as ignorant as the poll suggests. Would any half-way intelligent woman prefer a Taliban-like government?
Although the actual percentages are small, the number of people who approve of al-Qaeda and terrorist acts against America is nearly 80 million, that's a huge number.
The western world encourages freedom of religion. The sharia world would kill those that do not convert. This is indeed a clash of cultures. There more terrorist acts that get committed, the greater the anger.
I am one that believes that violent conflicts between the west and the Muslim world are inevitable. However, more people seem to believe that we can find common ground. That is wishful thinking, not realistic.