For the record, I never once said all war was of religion, or even close. So I am not sure why you are even arguing this. I do believe many wars are caused by religion, or are at least fuel to prolong wars. I have seen history books that claim more wars were of religious disputes than most historians wish to acknowledge. It is really hard to definitively prove on way or the other.<quoted text>
Mike, I did a little research and pardon the fact that I can't post any links because I had two power outages within a few minutes and lost the name of the sites.
I wrote this one down there, out of the history of wars the total given was 1763 only 123 were because of religious beliefs and this would be 6.98%. This can be found in Philips and Axelrod's 3 Volume Encylopedia of Wars. I also went to a site by an athiest and while writing down his statistics I had another power outage and didn't get his name . He stated or "ceded" that his statistics are closer to 16% of wars being because of religion. I didn't get a chance to read either sites' opinion of 9/11. However today as I was the news regarding the lunatic in Syria threatening to nerve gas his own people, I haven't heard anything about religion mentioned. Not saying that's not the reason, just saying I haven't heard it as a reason.
IMO, 9/11 had little to do with religion and more to do with them being pissed at the U.S. I never heard the attack on the WTC was motivated by religion. I think we would be foolish to disregard there are power, money hungry dictators that are willing to start wars and kill to acquire power, money and land. For example, if the Castro brothers started a war (as if), I know they don't give two hoots in hell about religion, it would be about power and monetary gain. Don't be so quick to blame everything on religion because there are just flat out evil people in this world and they kill or war for a cause bigger than some god they claim to worship.
If you look at the war in Iraq for example, you will see Bush give several different reasons for invasion, at several different times, depending on what was known at the time.
So you can imagine the various historical claims to be made about Iraq down the road.
I am shocked you have never heard the accusation that 9/11 was religious based. I thought at least most people agreed it was a large part of the attack. So to be ignorant of the accusation is mind-blowing.
I will have to do a bit of research to find evidences and claims by the hijackers that show it was religious based.
First, I would like to know why you feel they were so mad at us? I think it is due to our intrusion onto their ways. And the belief of Islam is, all of their ways and traditions are of and for their god. Thus when they feel any intrusion, they are seeing it as an attack on their faith based ways. This is why they use the term 'infidels' to refer to America.
One reason Bin Laden gave for the attack was due to the first gulf war in Iraq. But likely not the way you would think. You see, Bin Laden petitioned Saudi Arabia to allow his(Bin Laden) troops to fight against Saddam for invading Kuwait. Saudi Arabia pushed for the US to invade over Bin Laden. Not sure of all the details on this. Evidently Bin Laden was upset Saddam invaded a sovereign Islamic nation, thus Bin Laden considered him an infidel.
So Bin Laden was Pissed America fought any Muslims in Iraq.
You see, Bin Laden was not upset Saddam was attacked, he was upset due to it being Christians who did it. Thus all about religion.