posted on Mar, 7 2011 @ 04:17 PM
reply to post by AllIsOne
For starters, this is a very recent phenomenon...
Personally, I've lived in the Middle East, so I've got at least some perspective on this. I don't think they are "brainwashed". For them, religion
isn't just a "part" of their lives, it is an intrinsic part of who they are. Also, the average Muslim (at least those I met), are far more concerned
about local events and family events, than they are with political or world events. Often, they are ignorant of things happening outside of their own
local village, town, or city. I don't mean ignorant in a bad sense, but that they simply aren't aware of it...doesn't interest them, and TVs aren't
really a big part of life (and if you saw the channel choices you'd know why), and radios are mostly for music.
I'll also state that most are very kind, tolerant, and even generous. Indeed, hospitality is a big part of their culture. Thing is, it's the radicals
that get all the press... The average Muslim is just like you or me. They want happiness for their family, want to live a productive life, etc.
Political idealism is more for younger Muslims and/or those in more urban and advanced cities, etc. Even then, the majority would rather go in and
lock their doors, than riot in the streets.
As for we Americans...what would you have us do? Riot in the streets? We have a system for getting rid of those in power that we feel are hurting our
nation. If we don't use it (vote), then we kind of get what we deserve, no? Check into the voter turnout for local elections (in my area recently, it
was 10%) or for national elections (more like 40% in a good year).... There is a tool in place. We need to USE it better...and not just go for the two
big candidates THEY put out there.
edit on 7-3-2011 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)