The current issue of Foreign Policy has an article, “The True Clash of Civilizations,” by Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris (page 62), that discusses the reason why Western nations and the Middle Eastern (Islamic) nations will not be able to work together.
This is an issue that affects the war in Iraq and an issue that no one has discussed yet an issue that affects why some people support the war in spite of qualms about the reasons given by the Bush administration.
Basically the article, using information from a poll (World Values Survey) says that the problem the West faces in trying to work with the Islamic nations is not the usual reason given, their fear and hatred of Western democratic ideas and culture, but their lack of acceptance of sexuality as now practiced in the West. And the main issue is homosexuality.
Homosexuals in the West have seen their lives improve with more civil/equal rights. This is not true of homosexual citizens in the Islamic nations, and the future does not seem to offer hope for such a change. Therefore, some people support the war in Iraq as the only possible way of forcing such change.
And the irony is that the very people who oppose equal/civil rights for homosexual citizens in America are often the very people (religious fanatics) who most vocally support the war in Iraq, not realizing that one of the unintended results will be a change in the attitude toward sexuality, and homosexuality, in Iraq and other Islamic nations.
This issue needs to be discussed in the “think tanks” of the homosexual civil rights movement.