The 100-Year-Old Mistake Behind Today’s Islamic Extremism

Submitted by: lalapancakes 1 year ago in News & Politics

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Current day turmoil pitting the Western World against the Islamic State comes from a 100-year-old European mistake, according to scholar Jonathan Laurence. While countries across the world try to wrap their minds around horrific Islam centered attacks, European Islam expert Laurence reminds the world of the Dutch and British disenfranchisement of the laid back and more culturally accepting Ottoman ruled caliphate...

An excerpt from The Economist:

“As Mr Laurence sees things, the abolition of the old caliphate created a vacuum that has been filled, over the subsequent century, by much darker substitutes, up to and including the new caliphate proclaimed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State. Even where they stop short of fomenting anti-Western violence, global networks of religious fundamentalism and puritanism, such as those linking preachers from say, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have replaced the relatively emollient tone set by the Ottoman caliphs, who were connoisseurs of Western art and music, as a colleague has written.”

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Male 759
An excerpt from the Economist. I thought I was going to read something informative.
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Male 3,410
the ottomans really screwed the modern middle east. like remember the middle east was the fore-runner on mathmatics, astronomy.
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Male 5,027
Then there's the 35-year-old mistake of the US financing, arming and training rebels in Afghanistan to fight against the Russians. It is this training that taught the future jihadist how to desensitize themselves against killing. It is this training that the terrorists continue to use today. Another huge mistake was not sending enough troops into the Pakistani mountains to destroy Bin Laden and his rebels. A show of force that would have said loud and clear that America, and the world, will not tolerate terrorism. We should have never gone into Iraq in the first place, but not giving the Sunni's any power in the new government after Saddam was overthrown was another huge mistake. What did we expect pissed off people, who were trained to lead, would do? The last big mistake was underestimating the power of a renamed Al Qaeda group called ISIS. America as a whole is to blame for the shit storm of terrorism we see today. And we as a whole need to lead the charge in fixing it.
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Male 260
The connection of our two narratives occurring in 1953 with the Anglo-American overthrow of Mossadegh in Iran.
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Male 260
Many historians believe that the Ottoman empire would have collapsed much earlier had it not been propped up by the British and French Empires (see the Crimean War). It was when the Ottomans sided with Germany in WW1 that the British decided to assist the Arab revolt against the Turks; with British backing the Arabs controlling the holy sites of Medina and Mecca meant it would be difficult for the Ottomans to call for jihad in French and British territories. (British Empire at that time contained more muslim subjects than the Ottomans!) The Ottomans were overthrown by home grown resistance led by Attaturk after the war. I'd recommend a book "WINSTON'S FOLLY" by Christopher Catherwood for an insight to the subsequent British mistakes in Iraq which contributed so much to the current situation.
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