A recent study shows that the majority of Muslims and Westerners hate each other. It's amazing how much energy is spent telling us what we already know.
A strong majority of Muslims feel that Westerners are as selfish and immoral. You mean our SUV driving, exploiting immigrant labor, sitcom loving asses are greedy? Just because I want a Hollywood mansion, shaped as the middle finger, to be staffed by strippers/maids doesn't mean I'm a decadent person. I do give to the Salvation Army after all so don't look down on me as I throw empty rum bottles at the homeless.
Westerners feel our Arab friends are violent and intolerant. I'm sure some Muslim will take offence to that as they burn Salman Rushdie in effigy.
What's more amazing is that a majority of Muslims feel that the 9/11 attackers were not Arab. I'm not sure if they feel that the whole attack was a conspiracy to launch a ridiculous war or they feel that Guam really has it in for us.
Of course Anti-Semitism seems to be running rampant in the Mohammed loving community. Who would have thought?
In all seriousness the tensions between our cultures is too obvious to ignore and too volatile to be naive. We all say education and multi-culturalism will one day bring our values to a mutual respect; however both sides must want such tolerance. Sadly most people thrive on the conflict and would rather answer the other side with the sword rather than the dove.
As I've said before peace is something we should all work for, but it's something we'll probably never see in our lifetimes.
"It is true that the Muslim world is not totally mistaken when it reproaches the West of Christian tradition of moral decadence and the manipulation of human life. Islam has also had moments of great splendor and decadence in its history." - Pope Benedict XVI
Study Shows Divide Between Muslims, West