Asylumer wrote:How can you even claim the United States invading Iraq/Afghanistan has to do with Islam when the US is allied to Saudi Arabia? Please lead me through that bizarre logic. Islamic extremists blow up the twin towers, get Americans fearful and riled, America responds by attacking the Taliban who've supported the attacks, America gets led into Iraq war under false pretenses. At what point in there did America become liable for starting a religion motivated crusade instead of the cause being political? Is the American government trying to replace Islam as the state religion in those countries?
I'm not commenting on which side in this conflict is more justified, but if you honestly don't understand why most of the Middle East hates the US, go read a fucking history book. Suffice to say, most Muslims are not so ignorant.
Sorry, that was a bit beside the point, but ignorance can really push my rant-buttons. I'm spoilering it for tangency.
This whole thing (especially the "everybody draw Mohammad day" stuff) kind of reminds me of the whole DRM battle. Just like pirates and DRM software companies, you've got two sides trying to best each other, one screaming "Don't make fun of us, or else!" and the other going "I'll say whatever I want! Neener neener neener!" Just like how with DRM the only ones who really suffer are the honest customers, the only ones who really suffer here are the millions of peaceful Muslims, who have their religion increasingly belittled by one side of the conflict and radicalized and shed in an ugly light by the other.