The very simple observation that the terrorists attacked the twin WTC buildings and the Pentagon Headquarters and they failingly tried to destroy the Camp David, reflected the fact that they wanted an all out jihad with the West. Obviously, the holy Islamic war against the West would have taken a very long time to be won and therefore, in the meantime the terrorists would have liked to increase the value of consumers outside the West; Muslims in particular and non-Westerners in general.
They were also expecting sympathy from non-Western world; something they didn’t get much. The then US President George Walker Bush responded by attacking Afghanistan as he had no option left at that moment of time and the incumbent to the White House, Barack Hussein Obama, would have done the same thing under the hypothetically similar situation though his path would have been somewhat different from Mr. Bush’s open call for responding the attacks by a crusade.
The Islamic world has changed a lot since then: war on Iraq is over and in Afghanistan it is about to end, upheavals are taking place all across the Middle East and the North Africa since the winter of 2010 and Muslims are immigrating more, investing more and consuming more, responding to and adjusting with the changes in their consciousness.
The Islamic world is embroiled in its internal problems at this moment of time; trying to reorganize and restructure its societies. There is growing divide among Islamists and secularists though most of Arabs do want an end to tyranny, authoritarianism, despotism and misrule and corruption in their respective societies.
The long-held beliefs of Muslims that Islam advocates global Islamic brotherhood and does not emphasize much on nationalism is getting questioned by each passing year as majority of Muslims in Islamic societies want peace and stability along with economic growth inside their countries first and they are competing among themselves to strive for that.
In the whole game-plan Bush was as much important as the incumbent Obama is. Obama, no matter how much he is lovingly hated among Muslims of the globe, is still the biggest source of hope and inflation in the Islamic world beyond the peripheries of Islam. Obama could be interpreted as the most modern and updated premonitory sign of the possible arrival of the Imam as far as opinion of many die-hard Muslims through out the globe is concerned. However, Obama, it should be noted, is fully Christian in belief.
The whole election and re-election of Obama were as much based on the psychological effects he would induce all around the globe as were the war weary and economically depressed majority American public’s opinions. It was minimally wished up by some of the top Republicans - to change the world and that too forever by the bipolarity of American politics. The Republicans don’t mind much their opposition outside the US in the non-West and also in the rest of the West, though this appears to be a wrong policy on their behalf.
Bush's biggest contribution as far as affecting the psychology of Islamic world and also to great extent that of the non-Islamic developing world was to raise ambitions and consumptions by inducing dual opinion of simultaneously disliking and liking of the US in the Islamic world: all would like to ‘become’ ‘Americans’ in their local contexts but would hate Americans if they could not.
So, obviously Muslims as a group would mostly hate Americans but would consume American products too. Bush promoted consumerism and the cause of American capital. He also helped create the infrastructure all across the Islamic world, wherever it was possible for him to do so.
Obama has just continued on the work of Bush but in his own way: by no-leading on the pretext of leading from behind. He wants a natural equilibrium to come in the Arab world in Arabs’ way by Arabians themselves.
Obama wants to apply a ‘divisive glue therapy’ on the larger Islamic world; something that would constantly and continuously question its very own fundamental beliefs and would also deter the Arabs from becoming a single society at anytime in near future but would not make them fully disintegrated and disengaged either.
That is the reason why he is not much interested in taking military action over Syria. The absence of any cogent policy on Egypt is another striking example of that.
The bipartisan opinion in the US would support more and more upheavals all around the globe, particularly in the Arab world, but without the US loosing much of its influence; economically and strategically. Only the last revolution would succeed in the Islamic world: one in which the modernized and morphed version of Shariah laws based Islamic opinion would prevail but with people wishing to live longer, consume more and not liking to be killed for any reasons.
It would lead to evolution of Arab societies to more dynamic and selfish societies based on the dominance of consumerist-Islamist Muslims. The Left and the Right would be balanced then and a real Islamic Center could emerge as a consequence. The more Islam but with peace is the only solution to problems facing Islamic world. But such could create problems for those societies where Muslims are minority.
The majority of the Muslims in the Islamic states should not try to be secular as this is not consistent with their evolution though if constant upheavals continue to take place some of them could become practically ‘atheists’ in Islamic sense. The non-majority Muslims of the other world could follow their own policies and they could also adapt fully to the local taste and environment. The need of the hour for the Islamic world is the credibility of institutions in which it would like to believe in and invest in.