The signs have been there from first launch of “Shock & Awe” in the Iraq War. There has been the under-lying momentum of a religious uprising brewing in the United States and the Muslim Nations for many years now. With the latest intolerant and hate filled actions of a lone cult Christian fundamentalist, the boiling point has finally arrived. On one side we have the United States with its Christian based ideology throughout its political landscape and deeply embedded in its culture. The U.S. is at its core, a Christian nation. The laws that make up its Constitution and the agendas that are forwarded through its foreign policies are heavily derived from Christian ideals, in fact, the social and political idiosyncrasies that are present in the U.S.’s electoral process make it next to impossible to be anything other some form of Christian based faith and still attain any measurable position power within the political structure or the social hierarchy.
On the other side we have the just as deeply embedded cultural, political and social structures of the Muslim countries. They have in most cases a tribal cultural society that maintains a fervent believe in the teachings and prophesies of the Koran. Just like the United States, they have a political process that is centered primarily on the social aspect of religious influence. However, there is little effort to separate religious tenants from politics. Quite simply if you express a belief system that strays to far from a core acceptable realm of ideology, it is just as nearly impossible to attain a position of power within the governmental structure in Islamic counties. Socially speaking to express a perceived or actual view that is not socially acceptable in the Muslim countries, it is seen as tantamount to heresy and punishable by varying degrees of ostracizing the offenders.
Both worlds are quite rooted in their ideological, cultural, political and sociological points of view, which is why there is such a degree of tension between them. With the United States invasion of Iraq and subsequent occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Islamic culture has seen the U.S. as an invading force. When you add the bombing of Pakistan with the civilian deaths in that region, and the American led NATO forces that have instituted a “No Fly Zone” in Libya, while not so secretly training and arming the Libyan rebels as well as the initial phase of installing 14 permanent military bases in the Caspian Sea Basin, it is little wonder that those countries with an Islamic, faith based, political structure see the United States as a Christian invasion.
In the U.S. there is little sympathy for the Islamic culture when the average American looks upon the treatment of women as second class citizens in many Muslim countries as an animalistic cultural practice that is demeaning and barbaric. Couple that with a restrictive culture, and an egocentric attitude by most Americans, with the belief that they are superior to the rest of the world, and you have a dangerous mix of brazen characters and fervent believers that could quite possibly bring these two cultures to an all out war.
Unless the American people speak through their electoral process and vote for candidates that have a record of non-aggression and diplomacy, there is the distinct possibility of an all out faith based ideological war with the Islamic nations. This could be a war that would take the best and brightest of our nation and pit them against a culture that finds glory and honor in dying for their God. But it is not the fear of losing that should dissuade us from the actions that would tumble us headlong into yet another war. The respect for humanity, the acknowledgement of peace, and the desire for equality are what should be the preventing factors. How can any nation of people that have survived, and even thrived, through slavery, civil war, economic depression, social upheaval, and cultural diversity like no other nation on earth, simply sit back and allow it’s government to forward the agendas that enable the death of thousands, when we are well aware of its illegality and moral ineptitude.