by Jack Reeves
The Middle East conflict and its religious roots seems novel. However, our history is replete with religion-driven violence.
The Revolutionary War was fought over opposing religion and politics. American preachers fueled the War of 1812.
Manifest Destiny: Belief that God willed Americans conquer the continent, to include Canadians and Native Americans.
The South believed that religion justified slavery, the North abolition.
The Spanish-American War reflects conceiving international relations in a missionary fashion, like spreading democracy.
WW I: The Great and Holy War.
Lenin established "godless communism"; the godly had to oppose.
WW II: Deified Emperor Hirohito inspired Japan's bloody rage. Nazi terrorism aimed to exterminate the Jews.
The Korean War was between communism and religion-based capitalism (natural right to liberty and property).
The Vietnam War is traceable to conflict with Catholicism.
Terrorism: Use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims, e.g., ISIS/ISIL, Sherman's burning of Atlanta and destructive March to the Sea.