Starstruck wrote:The whole thread was a boo hoo, we the wonderful are being attacked. Who, Where, When, There, Then, Now. OMG How? Forget why. Bad people over there --->.
We are NOT wonderful. No one is. However, it is almost completely certain that by all standards the West is superior in a lot of ways over the Islamic world. When it comes to economic freedom, when it comes to women's rights, when it comes to LGBT rights, when it comes to freedom of the press, when it comes to individual liberties, freedom of expression. Historically? The Islamic world was more or less way ahead of Europe until the sacking of Baghdad. But let's not forget brutal things like the Arab slave trade, a slave trade that was worse than the Atlantic slave trade.
Also, lets not forget that whenever there's a cartoonist in Denmark or whatever that creates a Muhammad drawing, you will get flag burnings all over the Islamic world. Death threats are also extremely common for apostates in the west, and for many peoply publicly outspoken about the doctrine of Islam.
Some culture is bad and should be condemned, and making excuses for flag burners, saying that Salman Rushdie "had it coming" and clearly blaming the victim and saying "why must you provoke" is the soft bigotry of low expectations. Some people will say that if there are flags being burned that was to be expected, that is a soft bigotry that means these people expect less of Muslims. That in itself is a form of bigotry. I try to hold everyone to the same high standard, and to react with flag burnings, book burnings and death threats is the very opposite of a civil way to respond to a non-violent act like a Muhammad caricature.
Back ton the topic of "why", I'm not saying it's one-dimensional. Islam is one part, but the role of the West is clear in aggrevating hostile sentiments in the Islamic world: The French and its influence and questionable legacy in Lebanon, Syria and North Africa; the British involvement in the dissolvement of the Ottoman Empire in the northern part of the Arabian peninsula; the US and the Brits staging the 1954 coup in Iran; the west propping up a weak Wahhabi regime in Saudi Arabia for decades upon decades; continual drone strikes and wars in the region by the West and maybe worst of all the creation of and friendship with the state of Israel and driving Palestines away from their homes. This "holy land" ****** is one of the most retarded things ever, and they have a right to be pissed over the very existence of Israel.
Oh, and BTW I have plenty of Muslim friends. Well, friends might be a stretch, but acquaintances for sure. Most of them aren't fully practicing Muslims though. And I have nothing against Muslims, I am against their beliefs.