12.09.2005 07:09 | DISPATCHES
One reason Islamism (political Islam) and the US are on a collision course is that we're too alike. This thought crystallized when I came across the passages below, from Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (Metropolitan Books, 2005) by Robert Dreyfuss, who writes for, among others, the Nation and Rolling Stone.
"None of the important Islamist movements. . . preached social and economic justice. Instead, they opposed state ownership, land reform, and social welfare programs."
"Islam has never had problems with the idea that wealth is unevenly distributed."
While Mohammed was a merchant, Christianity, since Jesus was a provocateur to both the individual and the state, has no excuse. Both are now capitalist and fundamentalist. Meanwhile, if you doubt the US isn't as culpable as Islamic terrorists, try this quote on for size:
"Around the world [in the sixties] the CIA was busy getting rid of leaders not because they were communists, but because their independent streak made them untrustworthy interlocutors in the war between the superpowers."
It's the equivalent of us announcing, "I don't like the looks of you. You're history." And we wonder why they call us imperialists.