Last night I completed an article about conspiracy theories running rampant in the Muslim world (watch for it soon), and this morning CBN News has a piece about the same thing.
“Rumors and conspiracy theories seem to run rampant through the Arab world.
Today, the rumor that may generate the most fear and anger is that the U.S. has launched a Christian holy war against Islam, with an intent to stamp out Muslims, and the story is being pushed by the Arab media.”
Most significantly, “the stories are spreading through the airwaves by some of America’s so-called allies in the region.”
The article brings us some quotes from Al-Jazeera talk radio: “According to Egyptian Caller, Majdee Hussien, ‘The Muslim nation has come under a criminal Christian and zionist invasion. The U.S. forces are accompanied by missionaries to kill the women and children in Iraq and to kill the Iranian pilgrims.’ One Saudi Arabian, Ali Zoudeide, said, ‘As it says in the Koran, they are going to fight you until you will abandon your religion.'”
Ali Zoudeide is not alone: millions of Muslims are looking to the Qur’an as revelatory of the contemporary situation, particularly in regard to Muslim relations with Jews and Christians. This breeds a deep suspicion that will be hard, if not impossible, to overcome.