|Well I do invite contradiction at all times...so maybe you can teach me something here...|
All these politically correct lies to the contrary which emanate from Tony Blair and George Bush are just that—liesLies are lies. Gotchya. Good goin' clearing that one up.
To begin with, Muslims are a naturally and profoundly warlike people. Historically, Islam almost entirely grew and triumphed via war and conquest
this is their principle technique and mindset to this day
Thus laying to rest at last how Cat Stephens has become so profoundly warlike these days.
options regarding non-believers: convert, conquer, kill.
Those aren't "Islamic options", those are the only options for any philosophy of life and surely your very own!
But one overall issue here—which everyone seems to miss or ignore—is, Why are the Muslims so childish and crazy in their beliefs in the first place?
For much the same reason libertarians, 'Objectivists' and Christians I would have thought. But this is collectivism, and quite unjust to all the mature and not-crazy Objectivists, Christians and Muslims who represent the majority of their mischaracterised tag.
West can't properly hear the you're-at-war-with-us Muslims is the stupidity and depravity of our own ideology. Alongside such good things as democracy, rule of law, an attempt at "liberty and justice for all," etc., we contradictorily also believe in cultural relativism, moral equivalency, and political correctness, along with subjectivism, post-modernism, and nihilism
I don't think it is our depravity that rules our decisions here, I think it's our 'live and let live' philosophy. Gender, sex and race are no longer controversial in matters political. Likewise culture need not be controversial. 'Live and let live' is a protection our civilisation extends to all those who choose to be bound by it. This is an idea, not our whole culture. So long as that idea is accepted different cultures, superior and inferior, can co-exist. In a word, multiculturalism is politically viable and politically practical.
By all means hate a culture with the same force as you hate men for their taste in food or art or philosophy. However only the initiation of force justifies response in kind, initiation of culture is not cause for war. This, I think, 'the West' knows that better than you do and this, far from the depravity you point to, is why we're not at war with the Muslims per se.
Our innocent and benevolent aspiration to give them freedom, justice, individual rights, and rule of law is, at bottom, a frontal assault on their way of life and whole being.
No it isn't. Maybe some Muslims are stupid enough to see it that way, but it's just not true. Those liberties allow Muslims to practise whatever stupid culture they please. If it's a yoke they want they may provide their own however they please, it's only that the state wont do it for them.
The fact is, whether we know or admit it or not—the West and Islam are currently at war
Well more fool me for not killing the nice Muslim girl in North Melbourne just after she helped me find the street I was looking for. Next time she's goin' down. Happy now?