The answer is absolutely "no" because America can in no way change the inner nature of the Islamic world as a whole! Also, true peace in the Middle East cannot come about when trying to build that peace upon a foundation of lies, and any success you might have initially will only be short lived. President Bush makes the tragic mistake of thinking that Islam is just another religion like Christianity where it can be separated from the government, and that Islamic governments can be democratized. They can't.
On September 17, 2001 just six days after the tragedy of 9/11, President Bush addressed the nation from the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. while Islamic leaders were gathered around him. There he attempted to reassure the American people that Islam is a peaceful religion instead of the very religion of the 9/11 terrorist. He starts off by saying, “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith. And it's important for my fellow Americans to understand that.”
Right away questions start going off in my head as I heard this willfully ignorant statement coming from our president’s lips. First of all, how is George W. Bush being the kafir (unbeliever) that he is, qualified to make any such statement about fundamental tenets of Islam? Just how much, and how often, and from what sources has this man studied Islam in ideology, culture, and history? How familiar is he with what the major learning institutions and noted religious schools of Islam teaches their own people in these categories? Does his election into an office of a Christian nation by the vast majority of Christians somehow vindicate him as some sort of an expert on Islam?
What is really important for his fellow Americans to know is that Muhammad spread his Islam throughout Arabia according to the Islamic historian Ibn Ishaq (703-773) by the way of 27 jihads, banishment, stealing lands and property, and political assassinations. They need to know that many times throughout the Koran and hadiths Mohammad used the term "cast terror in their hearts" concerning those who opposed his message. And who are the ones doing the casting of terror into their hearts? Could it possibly be the "terrorist"?
So much for violent acts upon the innocent being against the tenets of Islam, for it is through the actions of Mohammad that the Islamic law (sharia) culture, and ideology stems. I have news for President Bush; the Arabic word "jihad" is not a new invention of the Islamic terrorist! Islam is a word that is deeply embedded within Islam as a religion, the Koran as Islam's most holiest book, the authoritative hadiths, and of course Islam's long history and culture.
Instead of calling Islam peaceful, President Bush's "war on terrorism" should include the very tenets of Islam that does cause violent acts (terrorism) against the innocent! Bush needs to realize that any war on terror is in reality a war of civilizations and that the war on terror naturally should included the very foundation of Islam itself! Oh, that would be too politically incorrect and it might even offend the oil-supplying Saudis who just so happens to purchase 80% of Britain's arm sales. Is the West suppose to try to put out the flames of terrorism by spraying the tip of its flames instead of spraying the base of its fire, right Mr. President?
There can be a lot said about Islam being a religion of peace. There is not one of the 9/11 hijackers nor any other Islamic terrorist in the world that would disagree with President Bush concerning Islam being a religion of peace. Bush's kafir-democratic depiction of Islam and the true Allah-submitters (Muslims) depiction of Islam of just how they are peaceful are what are worlds apart. Take a look at the following excerpt from an Islamic radical named Sayyid Quib (know as the Martin Luther of Islam) and notice his inspiration behind his words that is sure to ignite the jihadic seed laying dormant within the seemingly peaceful moderate Muslim:
The Jihad of Islam is to secure complete freedom for every man throughout the world by releasing him from servitude to other human beings so that he may serve Allah……This is in itself a sufficient reason for Jihad. These were the only reasons in the hearts of Muslims warriors. If they had been asked the question, “Why are you fighting ?” none would have answered, “My country is in danger; I’m fighting for its defense,” or, “The Persians and the Romans have come upon us” or, “We want to extend our dominion and want more spoils.”
They would have answered the same as Rabai bin Amer, Huzaifa bin Muhsin and Mughir abin Sh’ba answered the Persian General Rustum when he asked them one by one during three successive days preceding the battle of Qadisiyyah: “For what purpose have you come?” Their answer was the same: “Allah has sent us to bring anyone who wishes from servitude to men into the service of Allah alone, from the narrowness of this world into the vastness of this world and the Hereafter, and from the tyranny of religions into the justice of Islam. Allah raised a messenger for this purpose to teach his creatures his way. If anyone accepts this way of life, we turn back and give his country back to him, and we fight with those who rebel until we are martyred or become victorious.”
…The reason for Jihad exists in the nature of its message and in the actual conditions it finds in human societies, and not merely in the necessity for defense…
Those who say that Islamic Jihad was merely for defense of the “homeland of Islam” diminish the greatness of the Islamic way of life and consider it less important than their ‘homeland’. This is not the Islamic point of view, and their view is a creation of the modern age and is completely alien to Islamic consciousness.”
After giving his remarks of defending the fundamentals tenets of Islam, Bush then began to quote a text out of the Koran as if he was well versed in the Koran and just happened to pull out a verse that he personally thought would be appropriate for such an Islam-defending occasion and to convince the American people that Islam is truly not what the terrorist of 9/11 are all about:
“The English translation is not as eloquent as the original Arabic, but let me quote from the Koran, itself: In the long run, evil in the extreme will be the end of those who do evil. For that they rejected the signs of Allah and held them up to ridicule.”
I’m sure the mullahs and imams of the whole Islamic world got a great huge laugh out of seeing this ignorant president of the United States quote a condemning passage from the Koran that actually pertains to himself! Bush quoted Sura 30:10 referring it to the 9/11 terrorist, which in fact refers to the Quraysh tribesmen who were not accepting Muhammad's new religion.
In this passage of the Koran, it is speaking of the judgment day to come where all those who have rejected the Islamic god of Allah (including George W. Bush - the “W” perhaps should stand for ‘willfully rejecting Allah’).
And the Day when the hour comes, the guilty will despair. Those who disbelieved and rejected our messages (non-Muslims) and the meeting of the Hereafter, they will be given over to punishment. - Sura 30:12,16
What Bush needs is ex-Muslims like Walid Shoebat or Mark A. Gabriel on his advisory board. Maybe then he might be able to understand that the terrorist are the true torch-bearers of the Islamic religion and not the so-called, ever-so-silent moderates. There is a reason why the jihadist scream louder than the moderates to the place that they are willing to die for their religion, and it's not because they have a simple misunderstanding of the Koran and hadith. No, you will never find a suicide bomber who is moderately into their Koran. However, you will find them making their farewell video holding a Koran in one hand and a machine-gun or a grenade in the other.