And you're right -- it's a huge, huge challenge. I haven't yet seen any plausible solutions to the economic problem. And that's a much bigger issue than the average westerner realizes. How do you explain to someone that people of Islamic faith in general fundamentally object to our money because it symbolizes debt, rather than wealth?
How many people even understand what that statement really means?
To us, it just seems normal. And that may be the most frightening part of all. Did you know that the most popular vehicle type in the US right now, despite the economic slowdown and the temporary drop in oil prices, is once again the Suburban Ussault Vehicle? The Escalade and H2 and Tahoe and Suburban... making a come back because the government dumped DEBT into the financial system that is in DEBT to give people for extra DEBT to stimulate the economy....
Does that make sense to anyone?
I suspect the path to winning the hearts and minds of those who oppose us starts by first acknowledging the problem, then asking them for help. Yes, help.
We're in the middle of a huge economic crisis. We might think of asking them for some advice on how to remodel our financial system so that we can get out of debt, and hopefully prevent even the need for debt. Several of these nations are beyond wealthy. They must be doing something we could learn from. Imagine a free market that doesn't rely on credit...
Better economic minds than I might be able to sort this out. But it's going to be a huge, huge issue that will only lead to continuing problems unless we either try to find a way to get away from our dependence on debt (which I think we can all agree is basically a bad thing), or find a way to live and let live (which I suspect may be a pipe dream).