Hidden Dimension of the War.
Americans often wonder why
Muslims hate them. It has partly to do with Islam and partly to how the
Americans portray themselves abroad. We already discussed at length the
intolerant and anti human teachings of Islam. But there is also one more
thing that we have not discussed yet. It has to do with morality and how
the West and especially
is perceived as a threat to the Muslims, their values and their identity
and how this is translated into distrust, estrangement and eventually
of the contributors to our forum in FFI wrote:
“Time Magazine (a
liberal publication) in a cover story few years back wrote that
Hollywood is controlled by some two hundred middle aged men who are
working in high gear to impose their sexual fantasies on the American
public and to deconstruct the American culture and traditions. “
, not only is imposing its moral decadence on the rest of
and desensitizing the younger generation with their hedonistic agenda;
it also sends a very wrong and ultimately disastrous message to the rest
of the world whose only contact with the American culture is through
’s only goal is to make money. That is
understandable! However, the fact is that the consumers of their
products across the world do not see
just as an entertainment industry but also as a window to
defines the moral values of the society. The
actors, singers and the comedians have taken the place of priests and
philosophers. The negative effect of this shift of functions in the American society
is noticeable. The effect of
, however, in the Eastern and mainly Islamic world is critical.
The Eastern cultures and
especially the Islamic world, has its own moral standards, where
sexuality is taboo. Under no circumstances I condone such repressive
ethos. However the clash of Holliwoodism, which in Islamic countries is
seen as Americanism, with the indigenous cultures of these societies has
been met with resentment and anger.
People in these countries
feel that their identity and their culture is under attack. Hollywoodism
is corroding the social fibers of their society. Immorality, promiscuity,
high rate of divorce and the sacrilege of marriage is shaking the
foundation of these cultures, threatening their way life and their
This is perceived as
cultural invasion, launched purposefully by the American government, to
destroy the cultural identity of the Muslims and render them subservient
to the West. The return to fundamentalist Islam is a backlash to this
Osama Bin Laden,
capitalized on this fear when he wrote his infamous “Letter to
America”. He explained why Muslims hate
thing we call you to, is to stop your oppression, lies, immorality and
debauchery that has spread among you.
(a) We call you to be a people of manners,
principles, honour, and purity; to reject the immoral acts of
fornication, homosexuality, intoxicants, gambling's, and trading with
(b) It is saddening to tell you that you are
the worst civilization witnessed by the history of mankind: “
(iv) You are a nation that permits acts of
immorality, and you consider them to be pillars of personal freedom.
You have continued to sink down this abyss from level to level until
incest has spread amongst you, in the face of which neither your sense
of honour nor your laws object.”
This degenerate criminal is merely echoing what is
the common sentiment of the Muslims. Where do the Muslims get these
ideas? Why they think
“permits acts of immorality and consider them to be pillars of
personal freedom?” This idea is conveyed through
and TV shows.
Certainly the Islamic countries are far more
corrupt and pervert than
. Pedophilia among
the Mullahs is normal. In fact Quran promises “pearly boys” to
the faithful in the afterlife. Thanks to sexual segregation, Incest is
much more common in Islamic countries than in the West. But these are
not often reported. The promiscuity is even legalized. Men are not only
allowed to have four wives, or according to other interpretations as
many as they want, in some cases they are also allowed to have temporary
marriages that could last just one hour. Honor killing is considered to
be an honorable thing to do and so on.
The Islamic world is the most pervert world;
however no one reports those perversities and therefore they are not
Hollywood, on the other hand glamorizes immorality and makes it look normal.
Islamic countries already languishing with their own immorality now have
to struggle with the superimposed immorality of Hollywood. This is interpreted as American cultural invasion and evokes the anti
itself is a victim of Hollywoodian decadence, yet in Islamic countries Hollywood
is viewed as the prong of American imperialism intentionally created to
“immoralize” and demoralize the Muslims, alienate them from their
own traditions and then dominate them culturally. This is perceived as
cultural invasion and viewed as an affront. So, Muslims feel besieged
by "American imperialism" because of Hollywood's success as an entertainment industry.
8, 2003, right after the fall of Saddam, an Iranian cleric, Kazem al-Husseini
al-Haeri, issued a religious edict for the to Shiite mullahs in Iraq,
calling on them "to seize the first possible opportunity to fill
the power vacuum in the administration of Iraqi cities."
edict said, "People have to be taught not to collapse morally
before the means used by the Great Satan if it stays in Iraq, …It will
try to spread moral decay, incite lust by allowing easy access to
stimulating satellite channels and spread debauchery to weaken people's
fear of losing one’s cultural and moral identity to American “moral
decay” is a potent tool in the hands of the Isalmists.
years ago, Khomeini took full advantage of this fear. The Mullahs warned
the ignorant masses against the Americanization of Iran, which as they construed,
meant immorality, decadence and wickedness. America
was equated to Satan and it became the duty of every faithful to defend
Islam against the American cultural onslaught. Fighting America
was suddenly seen as fighting for one’s own identity, fighting against
evil and fighting to protect the moral integrity of the nation.
caused the fall of the Shah in 1979 and catapulted a bunch of religious
clerics to power was not just the repression of the monarchy. Today
the Mullahs are one hundred times more repressive. What made people rally
around the Mullahs was their fear of the Americanization of Iran and the
loss of their cultural identity and moral values.
mixed with politics is a potent and a dangerous brew. Political power
attained through religious sentiment can topple governments, cause
revolutions and withstand the mightiest forces on Earth.
and the civilized world are fighting a losing battle unless and until
the religious dimension of this war is taken into equation.
to fight the religious war?
war has to be fought in two fronts: One is to fight Islam itself directly and frontally. The
legitimacy of Islam must come under attack, its essentially deceitful
and corrupt nature must be highlighted, the credibility of its founder
must be undermined, and the divine nature of its holy book must be
there is also another front that has nothing to do with Islam and has to
be fought at home. This fight is
against immorality and decadence that has characterized America since
it is not necessary to create a “moral police department” a la
Taliban to tell people how they should live their lives. But America
and the Western culture must reclaim their moral hegemony. People must
be free to choose their lifestyle and define their own morality,
nevertheless those who wish to live morally and with traditional values
must also be free from constant onslaught of the “alternative
am not suggesting banning the Reality TV shows with explicit sexuality
that trivialize immorality or the Internet porn sites. However, I am
very much concerned about raising my children in a society that
glamorizes and legitimizes indecency.
of speech must be protected. But also freedom from listening and
watching nudities and obscenities must be guaranteed.
is easily accessible through the Internet and TV. The promiscuity
seems to be the norm. Television and Hollywood portray the worse of the
society, They try to shock to get noticed. Soon what was shocking once,
becomes normal and hence the entertainment industry stoops even lower to
make the shock. This race has no end until people rebel and laws are
revised penalizing obscenity.
entertainment industry does very little to encourage fidelity, chastity
and family values. The sacredness of marriage is under attack and the
examples set by the movie icons are deplorable.
negative effect of this moral decadence in our own society is obvious.
writer that I quoted above also wrote:
overwhelming proportion of children with one parent (85% of Blacks and
35% of whites), usually end up on welfare or at the bottom of the
economic ladder contributing to unnecessary increase in poverty and
its perpetuation. The majority are poorly educated and not fit for
jobs when they grow up. They are incapable of getting and or holding a
job in the advanced industrial age and information technology age. The
welfare state provides board and shelter to take care of the needs of
the single parent children who are in need. Even as physical needs are
met at minimum level, the moral, ethical, intellectual, and emotional
needs are neglected because the state is not suited and prepared to
develop these attributes which are essential in development of a self
supporting and civic minded citizen. This is a travesty, and robs the
nation from the intellectual and productive contributions of a
significant segment of its citizens. it contributes to uncivil
behaviour and a high crime rate. The huge prison population in the
is a scandal and indictment of the failure of the abandonment of
traditional marriage and family institutions by a large number of
citizens encouraged by Liberal Left policies and their counterparts in
the entertainment media.”
As you see, we
ourselves are victims of this moral decadence. Freedom of speech must be
protected but also freedom from being exposed to indecency, obscenity
and immorality must be guaranteed. A
free society is not a licentious society. Freedom of speech does not
mean freedom to cuss, pronounce obscenities and make a show of one’s
This decadence is not
just corroding our own culture, by undermining the importance of family,
which is the foundation of any society; it also has tremendous social,
economical and emotional costs. But that is not all. It is also making
exports American movies all around the world
and makes humongous amount of money. However, it is also exporting
decadence and immorality, which alarm people and makes them angry at
This is one product
that the world does not want to buy and there is no benefit for America
in selling it. Selling immorality is indeed a lose/lose trade. By doing
so, America only alienates other people and makes enemies.
Democracy is good,
freedom of speech is good. But if freedom of speech entails freedom to
promote immorality, then we have a very tough sell to make.
also must understand that other people have
their own cultures and values and those values are sacrosanct to them.
For a Muslim, it is far more desirable to live in a repressive country
than espousing democracy and exposing his children to the kind of moral
decadence that is corroding the Western societies.
When America goes to
liberate a people, she must make it clear that she has no intention to
dominate them culturally and does not intend to impose on them alien
must change her public image. As long as the Muslims perceive America
as an immoral nation, they will resent American telling them how to live
their lives. They will view
as their enemy because America
is a threat to their beliefs, values and culture.
To win the war against
Islamic terrorism, we have to do more than just improve our espionage
and fighting ability. We have to win the hearts and the minds of the
Muslims. To do that, we have to win the war against immorality at home
first. A nation that is
viewed as immoral, decadent and pervert cannot be trusted as liberator
by people who would kill their own daughters if accused of lewdness to
save their honor.
is not just an industry but also the
American cultural ambassador to the world. This ambassador has portrayed
a very distorted and negative image of America
and there lies the source of distrust and dislike of America.
is the ambassador of American culture, American people and ultimately
the American government must regulate what kind of message it delivers.
I am not proposing
censorship of the movie industry. However, it is a fact that
has taken the place of the Church and it defines morality for everyone
else, in America
and abroad. Can we just leave the moral education of a mighty nation and
its image among other nations in the hands of a bunch of morally
depraved profit seeking movie makers? Can we afford to portray America
as an immoral nation across the world and alienate the rest of mankind?
Yes, the immoral image
has a lot to do with the hatred of America
in Islamic countries. This
image must be changed. For America
to be respected and loved, she must reclaim her moral hegemony and
paradoxically, the solution
to the world's political problems lies in spiritual and moral