Except outside Arabia and the Roman Empire, Islam was quite literally sold to the locals (and for quite a profit) Vary little of Islams rapid rise to power can be blamed on the sword, money is the real culprit (a consequence I think of the religion being founded by a businessman).
I rmemeber seeing a scene quite tragic in my opinion. Yasser Arafat's chopper landing for a final farewell to his casket landed I believe somewhere on the West Bank. People crawled over each other for a farewell. All well and good...but once the chopper left, the people returned to squalor and the rubble strewn streets....because of the non existent economy.
I asked the TV....what has this man really brought you. Whereas he could provide that catalyst against Israel, he couldn't really bring them prosperity could he. Leaders today in many Muslim countries aren't about their economies or the future of their people...they're too busy massaging the hate in their heart for either Jew or Christian....or virtually every other neighbor they have.
Get out of the Iraq War thread David? Kitchen too hot?