Originally posted by IkNOwSTuff
Id love to see some of our Muslim members jump in to defend this one.
Yes Islam is a religion of peace and women are protected and treated as equals under Islamic law
Originally posted by GreenGlassDoor
reply to post by ANOK
Oh what a load of crap!
1783 - 1912
Europe Carves Up the Middle East
Napoleon in Egypt; Credit: © Christie's Images/Corbis
In the midst of the French Revolution, Napoleon seizes Egypt in 1798, setting in motion century-long European scramble for the Middle East. Eventually, the British would take Egypt, Sudan and the small states of the Persian Gulf. France would seize Algeria and Morocco. And Arab resistance to European encroachment would prompt much bloody violence.
1914 - 1936 World War I sees Europe complete the seizure of the Middle East.
1945 - 1973
The Rise of the U.S. in the Middle East
President Franklin D. Roosevelt meets with Saudi King Abdul Aziz in 1945; Credit: National Archives
As World War II ends, the United States becomes the great outside power in the Middle East, with three main concerns: Persian Gulf oil; support and protection of Israel, founded in 1948; and containment of the Soviet Union. The goals prove difficult to manage, especially through the rise of Arab nationalism, two major Arab-Israeli wars and an Arab oil embargo.
1979 - 2003
The Clash with Islam
Osama Bin Laden; Credit: © Reuters/Corbis
In 1979, Iran's Islamic Revolution and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan foreshadow a rise in Islamic radicalism.
Originally posted by Lostmymarbles
It is estimated that over 200,000 people were burned at the stake, mostly woman during the "cleansing" period for Christians and Catholics and those estimates are conservative because many places never recorded their burnings.
• 32 % of American Muslims believe Shariah should be the supreme law of the land in the United States.
• 39% felt that U.S. courts should consult Shariah law when adjudicating cases involving Muslims.
• 45% did not agree with this idea.
• 40% of UK Muslims support Sharia law being introduced in areas of Britain which are predominantly Muslim.
• 41% oppose this.
• 18% are undecided.
The old Soviet empire had a long border with the Middle East. The desperation of the West to maintain control stems from the potential for those two regions to join. If that had happened, the Middle East would have had the weapons to protect their resources. The resources of the Soviet Union and the Middle East together would have been comparable to those of the West, and, by virtue of most of the world's reserves of oil being within the borders of those two empires, and thus the potential for high oil prices, a good part of the West's wealth could have been claimed by the East. Hence the West's large military expenditures to maintain control in that volatile region. J.W. Smith, World's Wasted Wealth II, (Institute for Economic Democracy, 1994), pp. 294 - 295
“Virtually the entire colonial world was breaking free, and their resources would be turned to the care of their own people, and no longer could be siphoned to the old imperial centers of capital for a fraction of its value.” J.W. Smith, talking about the weakening of the former Imperial European powers from World War II
The South is assigned a service role: to provide resources, cheap labor, markets, opportunities for investment and, lately, export of pollution. For the past half-century, the US has shouldered the responsibility for protecting the interests of the “satisfied nations” whose power places them “above the rest,” the “rich men dwelling at peace within their habitations” to whom “the government of the world must be entrusted,” as Winston Churchill put the matter after World War II. — Noam Chomsky, Year 501, (South End Press, 1993), Chapter 2
we have about 50% of the world's wealth, but only 6.3% of its population....In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity....To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives....We should cease to talk about vague and...unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better.
... We should recognize that our influence in the Far Eastern area in the coming period is going to be primarily military and economic. We should make a careful study to see what parts of the Pacific and Far Eastern world are absolutely vital to our security, and we should concentrate our policy on seeing to it that those areas remain in hands which we can control or rely on. George Kennan, U.S. State Department Policy Planning, Study #23, February 24, 1948
Saudi Arabia remains the cornerstone, producing 50 percent of the whole world's [oil] supply. So in order to keep this economic balm flowing, to keep the status quo static and the balance sheets of the major oil companies brimming, we've [the U.S.] installed our military as a kind of mega police force in the region. Our official reason for being there is to ensure “stability,” one of the great buzzwords in the history of business, but this is nothing more than spin — the military is in the Middle East to guarantee that whatever comes out of the ground is exploitable and controlled by American multinationals. Johnny Angel, It's the Oil, Stupid, LA Weekly, September 26, 2001
Originally posted by BlindBastards
Of course it’s harsh and I 100% disagree and detest these sorts of things but its their culture, their lands and their laws. It’s as simple as that, really. It’s no one else’s business what happens in their little slice of hell. Though, this is one of many reasons why I very much dislike religion... I don’t think people from the West can really judge considering how they let their governments treat them. Only here they do it covertly and more through financial means. Over there it’s very overt and often brutal.
Originally posted by Daughter2
Sorry to tell you folks but the good old "Christian" US sometimes isn't much better.
There's plenty of cases where young 13-16 old girls are charged as prostitutes in States that deem them under the age of consent.
Here's one article: