There is an argument to be made that the United States and the rest of the “western world” are at war with global Islam in general and the Arab crescent in particular. Depending on whose version you listen to, America has exploited and subverted Moslem nations, which would otherwise form a vast and powerful third force in the Pacific basin, Africa and the middle east from the Mediterranean to China. This intervention began with the Crusades and continues to date in the fractured and fragile regimes of Yemen, Bahrain, Lebanon and the north coast of Africa.
The counter argument has the Euro/American colonial era as having brought civilization to the warring tribes who stubbornly refused to pay tribute and allow military occupation in the name of peace. The coincidence of the industrial age and the need for oil to fuel it made development of the desert wastes a certainty and the western powers were the obvious instrument of that development.
Whichever case you accept the refusal of anyone to come off their elitist rhetoric and call a spade a spade in this showdown hand. It is not necessary to preface every story of attacks on U.S. and other targets with the disclaimer that most Muslims, both here at home and overseas, are peace loving family values folks who reject the radical elements of their faith. If true, it needn’t be said, and if it isn’t, and mosques are the hotbeds of terrorism, those facts deserve more than passing mention. Headlines of “Arab underground bombs police station,” are more informational than vague accusations of non affiliated terrorists whose motives are never revealed, despite detailed explanations by suicide bomber and their revolutionary front groups.
The struggle between east and west is not, elementally one of clashing faiths. Like nearly all human conflicts it rises from territorial control, resources exploitation, and respect for cultural practices. These problems, translated into policy by governments, are the cause of mistrust between us, and the sooner America an friends cease giving offense east of Suez, the fewer enemies we will make into tomorrows turban terrorists.
It is time to consider that we have met the enemy, and once again, he is us.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.