Why Ron Paul and Pope Benedict Agree That Americans Must Reject the War on TerrorSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Wed, 12/05/2012 - 18:51
By Jason M. Farrell
I had a debate with a Catholic friend about religion and foreign policy some time ago. This friend insisted that the conflict we are having with the Islamic World should be viewed through the lens of a "culture war," i.e. a battle between irreconcilable opposites that can never be settled except by inevitable conflict.
History shows, however, in this conflict as well as those that the U.S. has had with nations in Latin America, Europe, and Southeast Asia in the last century, that while cultural differences can create tension, the source of armed conflict is not religious intolerance but a history of political and economic conflict exacerbated by invasions of foreign lands, supporting of foreign despots, and in some cases all out mass murder of civilians and guerrillas alike.
Viewed through the political lens, the fact that 95% of suicide bombers have attacked occupying forces begins to make sense. Even the Catholic Church doesn't view it as a religious war, considering Muslims to be part of God's "plan of salvation."