Ved amerikanske universiteter og selv innen statsapparatet finnes det mennesker med de mest tøvete tanker. En av dem ved navn, Graham E. Fuller som har skrevet et essay i siste Foreign Policy som heter A World without Islam. Selv om Vesten opplever at hovedkonflikten er med islam, så er dette feil. Fuller mener å kunne vise at problemet er Vestens ekspansjon, arroganse, kolonialisme og invasjoner, mentalt og fysisk. Selv Galtung tør ikke leke seg med modeller som tryller vekk hele sivilisasjoner. Skjønt… konklusjonene er noe av det samme: Det er merkelig at 9/11 ikke skjedde lenge før.

For å få regnestykket til å gå opp må Fuller bruke skojern på historien. Det må man gjerne gjøre, men når det munner ut i en legitimering av 9/11 er det ganske vemmelig lesning.

Islamic civilization provided a common ideal to which all Muslims could appeal in the name of resistance against Western encroachment. Even if that appeal failed to stem the Western imperial tide, it created a cultural memory of a commonly shared fate that did not go away. Europeans were able to divide and conquer numerous African, Asian, and Latin American peoples who then fell singly before Western power. A united, transnational resistance among those peoples was hard to achieve in the absence of any common ethnic or cultural symbol of resistance.
In a world without Islam, Western imperialism would have found the task of dividing, conquering, and dominating the Middle East and Asia much easier. There would not have remained a shared cultural memory of humiliation and defeat across a vast area. That is a key reason why the United States now finds itself breaking its teeth in the Muslim world. Today, global intercommunications and shared satellite images have created a strong self
consciousness among Muslims and a sense of a broader Western imperial siege against a common Islamic culture. This siege is not about modernity; it is about the unceasing Western quest for domination of the strategic space, resources, and even culture of the Muslim world—the drive to create a «pro-American» Middle East. Unfortunately, the United States naively assumes that Islam is all that stands between it and the prize.

Det har dukket opp en ny militant retning som sier konflikten mellom Vesten og islam ikke handler om modernitet. Det er den klassiske liberale konflikten, hvor resten av verden nok vil komme etter, med tiden. Nei, konflikten skyldes Vestens grådighet. Det finnes ingen unnskyldende, eller formildende elementer: Vesten er aggressoren.

Islam er det som forener motkreftene til en slagkraft, og terroren er midlet. Dette er forferdelig tale. Det er forferdelig at slike tanker tenkes ved amerikanske universiteter, og utgis i kjente tidsskrifter. Hvorfor Dagbladet synes dette er noe å utgi, er også uforståelig, men jeg merker meg at forskerne finner dem interessante.

But what of terrorism—the most urgent issue the West most immediately associates with Islam today? In the bluntest of terms, would there have been a 9/11 without Islam? If the grievances of the Middle East, rooted in years of political and emotional anger at U.S. policies and actions, had been wrapped up in a different banner, would things have been vastly different? Again, it’s important to remember how easily religion can be invoked even when other long-standing grievances are to blame. Sept. 11, 2001, was not the beginning of history. To the al Qaeda hijackers, Islam functioned as a magnifying glass in the sun, collecting these widespread shared common grievances and focusing them into an intense ray, a moment of clarity of action against the foreign invader.
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If Islam hates modernity, why did it wait until 9/11 to launch its assault? And why did key Islamic thinkers in the early 20th century speak of the need to embrace modernity even while protecting Islamic culture? Osama bin Laden’s cause in his early days was not modernity at all—he talked of Palestine, American boots on the ground in Saudi Arabia, Saudi rulers under U.S. control, and modern «Crusaders.» It is striking that it was not until as late as 2001 that we saw the first major boiling over of Muslim anger onto U.S. soil itself, in reaction to historical as well as accumulated recent events and U.S. policies. If not 9/11, some similar event like it was destined to come.

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A World Without Islam

Hvis islam ikke fantes