The threat in the middle east from Islamic fanatics continues to expand while the world asks why. Few have taken the time to research the "whys" of fanaticism preferring instead to focus on whether we should or should not get involved in another protracted
struggle against evil-doers. Perhaps it is time for world leaders to really look into the heart and soul of the problem in order to better understand what it might take to eradicate it. Let's pretend that the problem exists in a different era, involving
a different class of people. Let's pretend we are in Chicago or New York in the 1930's and a certain group of "fanatics" have decided that the way to make lots of money, while protecting ones "family", was to do things that were against the law. These
same individuals have strong family roots and values that are deeply engrained, with the preferred religion being Catholicism. The members of the family kill, rape, torture, rob etc., but at some point realize they are mortal, and ask "forgiveness"
for their sins, knowing that once they are absolved, they can continue their evil ways, periodically asking for absolution...just in case. If the Islamic fanatics do indeed believe that the apocalyptic "end of times" is upon us and preach and indoctrinate
impressionable youth with their version of what is inevitable, then perhaps, like the "family" above, the impressionable youngsters feel that their last chance hope of being with their prophet as the world ends, is to become a "martyr" through the destruction
of themselves and others as dictated by their beliefs. If the fanatics are actually focusing their propaganda on an "end of days" scenario, it will be quite difficult to convince these brain-washed individuals that have previously led an unholy life,
that anything else will get him/her into "paradise" short of matyrdom. This is the problem the world faces. How does one undo a continuous littany of propaganda that is faith based and supported with written words from their own Koran, regardless of whether
those words are taken out of context or not applicable to modern society? Without some sort of major influence from Muslim clerics that have influence over all Muslims (like the Pope having influence over all Catholics), things will NEVER get better.
The world needs to come to terms with the power of a religion in regions where other influences are or have been eliminated, resulting in a vacuum filled only with the rhetoric of Jihad.