" 2. A deeply running hatred and jealousy of our cherished way of life. The Arabs (painting with a very wide brush here) are very nostalgic about their past, and very bitter about their present. yet they absolutely refuse to relinquish their hopelessly outdated and oppressive customs and philosophies. Case in point: if they had their way, the Arab world (or perhaps indeed the United States) would continue to enjoy our wealth and standard of living with two changes:
Although your description above started well describing the problems of the actual Arab world, in the end it makes a very strange twist.
Yes, the Arabs are nostalgic about their past, as many other nationalities also are. Yes, they are very bitter about their present. But the fact that they still have hopelessly outdated and oppresive customs and philosophies has more to do with their situation at present, rather than them being unwilling to relinquish them. This doesn't only happen in the Arab world, it happens in any poor and underdeveloped country. The poorer the people of a country or region are, the more these people stick to the rules of the local religion. And as soon as a country becomes richer and more developed, the less influence religion will have on its people.
"First, we'd ALL bow down 5 times a day towards Mecca and second, all of our women would be veiled and stuck at home.
If you believe the whole Middle East issue is about religion, then you are very misstaken. Religion plays a part, but it is not the reason why most of the Arab world has bad feelings about the Western World, and specially about the US. The Arab world does feel bad about their present as their nations have the world largests oil-reserves the Western World so badly needs, yet the arab people
in these countries have noticed very little if any, of the tremendous revenues their
oil has generated in the past decades. They believe the Western World is to blame for the fact they they have been ruled for decades by dictators, by multi-billion dollar millonairs, that kept the wealth and power to only a few while the rest of the people still lived like in the Middle Ages.
religious factor important in the whole Middle East issue is that of the fundamentalistic (Muslim) organizations, of which there are many in the region. Like I stated above, the poorer the people are (for whatever reason), the more likely it is such fundamentalistic organizations have support of 'their' people. Only a few of these organizations also have political objectives for their country or region, yet this doesn't mean they want the whole world to change to their religion.
Just my thoughts on your statements...