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U.S. Invasion Vindicates Muslim Prophecy
Since the 13th century, Islamic theologians have argued that military defeat at the hands of unbelievers results when Muslims embrace pluralism and worldly knowledge.

By invading Iraq, the Bush administration is not helping Muslims adopt attitudes of tolerance and pluralism. In fact, it is helping to foster the same hostility to tolerance and pluralism within Islam which prevails within the fundamentalist religious right in the United States, the very group which was so influencial in making George W. Bush the president.

Foreign Policy magazine presents an article by Husain Haqqani, a Pakistani columnist and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, called "The American Mongols". In it he says:

"Since the 13th century, Islamic theologians have argued that military defeat at the hands of unbelievers results when Muslims embrace pluralism and worldly knowledge. The story is drilled into Muslim children from Morocco to Indonesia: nearly 2 million people put to the sword; the caliph trampled to death; and the destruction of the great library, the House of Wisdom. The Ottoman Empire fell in 1918 for the same reason Muslims lost Baghdad in 1258: The rulers and their people had gone soft, approaching religion with tolerance and accommodation rather than viewing civilization as divided between Islam and infidels."

I encourage you to read the full article. Foreign Policy magazine has many other excellent articles on Iraq.


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Date Added: 3/31/2003 Date Revised: 3/31/2003 3:09:25 PM

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