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Islam and Extremism - The republicans have got it wrong, again (Opinion).

One who follows the American elections, throughout the various phases of the process from the nominations to the actual race between the candidates of the two major parties is bound to catch an unusual effort to seek to include Islam as an important theme in this fight. Whether in subtle terms or direct denunciation, it is clear that there is a deliberate effort to drag the United States into a long historical conflict of cultures, that traditional Europeans have clung to for a considerable part of the 1,500 year history of Islam.

While the United States can be said to have shown a more tolerant understanding of the need for coexistence between people of all creeds, ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs, there is no doubt a deliberate effort to have American policy encompass a prejudiced unfound view of Islam that is based on misconceived notions (partly instilled by some of our very own fellow Moslems, who are as far away from Islam as any non-believer could ever be).

One believes that Moslems throughout the world need to adopt a persistent effort of awareness build-up among those who could be prone to such hate mongering techniques against Islam and Moslems. To start with it would be rational for Moslems to start with a display of genuine Islamic character and conduct to be undertaken by all Moslems. Needless to say, this would not present any difficulty to the majority of Moslems, who truly see Islam as beyond the mechanical and undue emphasis on rites and appearance that regrettably some of our "brothers" of the faith have misleadingly reflected beyond what acceptable reason calls for. Notwithstanding the obvious effort by bigoted political opportunists and their Zionist mentors in the United States to engrain a deep hatred towards Islam among the general public, the American people can still be led to see that it is simply un-American to be allowed to be dragged into such a senseless conflict.

Quite often this prejudiced attitude towards Islam is pronounced openly by many of the Republicans, trying to cover up for the blundering of a failing Administration in the White House, just so they can continue to do "more of the same". An astute observer cannot help but detect an even harder line of hatred and bigotry against "Moslem terrorists and Islamic extremism" that one often hears coming out of the mouths of John McCain and his newly found ignoramus of a running mate.

This kind of hate mongering and tickling of emotions is often used by proponents of a failing regime or establishment that was for all intents and purposes unable to deliver on what their constituents really expect from them. One would think that the last eight years have shown that adoption of a hate mongering policy has not been very fruitful for the United States in many respects. In fact, even America's once staunch allies are wondering how the American people can be led to accept such dogmatism, which is incoherent with genuine American values of tolerance and understanding, which the founders of the great United States of America sought to be part and parcel of the great American dream. Yet time and again one comes across the term "Moslem extremists" or "Islamic terrorists" either coming from the running mates for the Republican Party or their even more boisterous supporters.

One cannot help but wonder if such attitude has become part and parcel of Republican thought and philosophy, or simply a return to the reliance on scapegoats to mislead the American people from the devious underpinnings that arose out of failed performance and which have characterized United States foreign policy over the last eight years. Surely, the Republican Party has a greater legacy to bank on than to have to scoop to such low-down hate mongering, which is highly encouraged by the only institution that see benefit in this, namely the hate mongering Zionist lobby, which for decades has sought to make this hate mongering as American as apple pie. Would it not be better for the Republican ticket to start working on the issues that matter most to the American people? Never mind that the Zionist prone "neo-Conservatives" have done so much great damage to the American economic and social fabric, which has taken more than two centuries to formulate and implant.

One of the saddest ironies in all this is that for many Americans, it is hard to digest that for once an American black man might just make it to the White House and thus every effort has even been made to associate not just "Barack Hussein Obama" with Islam, but all blacks. This observer recalls, when studying in the United States, the many black Americans, who genuinely regarded Moslems as "brothers", because they saw the very tolerant and fraternal attitude of Moslems towards all breeds of mankind as refreshing from the then open hatred that still existed in the United States against blacks and anyone not falling within the WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) or at least white European specifications, etc. which were then perceived as acceptable American roots. Needless to say, the true image of Islam then was not yet spoiled by the ugly misdeeds of the proponents of a Wahhabi extremist culture, in its many disguises and nomenclatures (Salafi, Al-Qaeda, "hard-line Sunni", etc), that is as far away from Islam as the "Bushies" are from genuine Gentile doctrinaire.

Hassan Al-Haifi has been a Yemeni political economist and journalist for more than 20 years....

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
Date:Feb 8, 2009
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