We have dealt with this subject somewhat here Grand Hypocrisy: A Fundamental Reason for Social Upheaval in the Muslim World. However the subject discussed therein is merely the tip of the iceburg of a far greater problem that continues to remain the fuel for misconceptions. A major part of this ice burg is the issue of American foreign poicy, particularly the extreme radical views that dominate the white house in the begining of the 21st centuray, all thanls to the initiative of the extreme radical Nationalists Nazis known as the Project for the New American Century. Other extreme policy theorist come from the heritage foundation who continually employ people of extreme biased and unacademic figures onto their platform as the experts of Islam and political Islam, a reality of which they know nothing about.
We will cite the Stanely Foundation who have in some ways broken the barrier of misunderstanding and understood somewhat the nature of the problem. Here is their analysis of the matter
Political Islam and the Nature of Terrorist Threats
A poor understanding of the range of Islamic organizations among the American public and US policymakers alike has led to a fundamental misunderstanding of the diversity of political Islam and its associated movements. There have also been missed opportunities for constructively engaging with a range of Muslim groups to promote democracy from within. Facile classifications, such as the myth of a “totalitarian Islamic threat,” are unlikely to yield fruitful policies. Priority should be placed on helping policymakers understand key aspects of political
Islam including why some Islamist groups use violence. Key themes include stressing that:
• The United States is dealing with a transnational identity movement, not a coherent organization with traditional command structures or a uniform ideology. These groups differ in their theological views and their conceptions of the Muslim role in the world. Many, however, feel a sense of urgency in confronting what they see as American “imperial” designs.
• While the US government frames the problems of the Muslim world as one of freedom versus tyranny, many in the Muslim world relate to Islamist perspectives that portray their struggles in terms of the powerful and greedy against the weak and poor. US disregard for this classic populist appeal at the core of much of the Islamist message, and the importance of socioeconomic issues more generally, means that the ideological appeal and the capacity for popular mobilization of many Islamic movements and organizations is only dimly perceived.
• A common denominator in most of these movements is the desire to get their own regimes to live up to the principles of Islam, though they differ on how to achieve this goal—either through violence or participation. Relatively few Islamist organizations in the Muslim world are violent, and reaching out to Muslim opposition groups advocating reform within authoritarian regimes will be essential to realizing US aspirations to bring democracy to the Middle East.
• In sum, there are diverse grievances driving political Islam and Islamist movements that vary by region and by conflict. These differences are often masked by common populist and religious rhetoric’s. The notion of a totalitarian Islamic threat is both inaccurate and dangerous in the kinds of policy prescriptions it produces.
As for the claim of democracy being exported to the Islamic world as envisioned in the above quote, this has been addressed in the link given above entitled “Grand Hypocrisy” and we have analysed the fundmanetal flaw and problematic nature of this thought as it is antithetical to the Islamic viewpoint. If this continually remains to be unrealized along with the highly informative analysis that the Stanly Foundation has provided then we will continue to see the existence and continual rise of social upheavel in the Islamic world as the bridge of understanding will continue to be undermined by radical bias that helped shape todays American foreign policy. For more informative and source information regarding the phenomenon of foreign policy being the fundamental pillar of social upheaval and decay in the Islamic world review the following videos below