Why do Arab Islamic countries hate the United States?
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Running head: WHY DO ARAB ISLAMIC COUNTRIES HATE WHY DO ARAB ISLAMIC COUNTRIES HATE THE UNITED STATES? Chris Eggleton Marshall University Abstract Conflict in the Middle East has reigned since biblical times. An escalation in violence has been seen since the 1900's . With the emergence of the United States as a competing and lone super power, alterations in the status quo can be traced directly and indirect to United States influence. Exploration of three major areas will be explored. WHY DO ARAB ISLAMIC COUNTRIES HATE THE UNITED STATES? Why do Arab Islamic countries hate us? That is a question that has been asked many times since September 11th, 2001. The fact is that this did not happen over night. This problem has been escalating for hundreds of years depending on the point of view. Some scholars say the hated began with the Christian Crusades in the year 1095. Other sources point to the ongoing conflict between the Arabs and Israelis, in which the United States backs Israel. These are just some of the ever growing reasons that Arab Islamic countries hate the United States. There are three main points of focus when one researches this topic. First and foremost is foreign policy. This would include the war for Palestine as well as the war on terrorism that the United States now wages. Secondly, religion plays the next major role in the hatred for the United States. Religion would include the war for Palestine, as well as the current beliefs system versus the United States beliefs system. Third, capitalism is a major reason for the hated towards the United States. Lastly, could the lines between two or more of these be blurred into one? Foreign Policy plays the single most reason for the Arab Islamic hatred for the United States. The main point of interest is the war for Palestine. "This is the reason many Arab's hate Americans." ...read more.
Many historians refrain from telling the story but the common answer is men rode horses with blood to the knees. This all took place during the first crusade. The second crusade took place between 1147 and 1149, this was lead by King Louis VII. This crusade turned out to be an utter failure in which one of the Latin Kingdoms was lost. The third crusade lasted from 1188 to 1192. This crusade was ordered by Pope Gregory VIII due to the failure of the second. The fourth crusade began in 1202 and ended in the year 1204. Constantinople was destroyed during this crusade. The fifth crusade lasted from 1217 to 1221. This one brought the defeat of Damietta. The sixth crusade was between the years of 1228 and 1229. The seventh and final crusade was led by Louis IX, and lasted from 1248 to 1250. One should be able to conclude that after years and years of crusades to the land of Jerusalem, that Muslim hatred over religion began there. The author of this paper has never read the Koran, but did find articles on the internet that claim the Koran carries passages that tell Muslims never to accept Jews or Christians as friends. Instead it tells to kill the infidels. It instructs Muslims to cut Jews and Christians heads and fingertips off. This does not sound like a very friendly religion. Many Arab Islamic countries feel that another turn of Crusades is coming with the Bush administration. This is being taught in some universities in the Middle East. According to Abdul Mohammad, a neighbor of this author, this is untrue. Abdul does admit that Muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or marijuana. They are also not allowed to view pornography in any form. This means no Cinemax, no magazines, or DVD's. Abdul admits that all of these have been tried since coming to the United States. ...read more.
The leading cleric also feels that Muqtada just wants a major role in the new Iraq. Although, it seems that it would not be much of a change for the people of Iraq. Muqtada also claims to be a descendent of the profit Muhammad. Muqtada even lays out a family tree for followers to see that he is "chosen." Muqtada also creates discontent throughout the Shi'ite population about the U.S occupation. Muqtada blames the breakdown of security, and the disruption of public services. It also does not hinder his master plan that he provides good meals and drink for those who follow him. Muqtada is trying to turn Iraq back into what it was hundreds of years ago. Maintaining that women must wear veils and be subservient to men. Muqtada has even gone as far as to set up illegal courts across the towns that he controls to try and convict people who challenge him. This all together is a dangerous situation. Seemingly through research a big part of the problem would be solved by either removing support all together to Israel or to give equal support to both sides. Not all Arab Islamic countries have a stake in that part of the Middle East, but most know someone or knew someone who has fought in that battle. Islam teaches one for all and all for one. If one member of the religion is attacked then the entire religion must stand up for those being attacked. This might be the reason for the rise in suicide bombings around the world. At any rate someone has to give. The Arab Islamic countries cannot continue to believe that it can force Islam onto American or any other nation. American made need to rethink it's stance towards the problem in Palestine. Then again why should the United States rethink its position when places like Palestine and Pakistan continue to breed terrorist? Maybe this is an issue that should be looked into. Promising governments more aid money for turning over terrorist. I firmly believe that some places would rather keep their terrorist than help America. ...read more.
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