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Old 07-11-2005, 08:28 PM   #16
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No because the very technologies that enabled it too go global did not exist, but the ideologies were there and they were tempered in many anti-colonial movements around the globe. Just look at the way militant Deobandi Islam sprang up in India (remember this was before independence and partition) against the British in the 19th Century. Back then it was a lot more isolated, the Empire could supress these groups with force without too much trouble, but today with mass media, global telecomunications and a more reactionary element in certain parts of the world the ideology can be more broadly adopted and spread. For instance the radical movements that sprang up out of Bosnia; the foreign fighters that travelled there, and then to Chechnya and Afghanistan ~ that simply could not happen a century ago.

In the Arab world I think that the causes are numerous; I also think that blaming America more or less exclusively for creating the problems is a mistake, it bears some responsibility but so too did the USSR.
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Charles Moore makes some good points - an interesting article.
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