Does "opposing" mean strapping bombs to oneself and blowing up a bus, or driving planes into office towers, Greg?
Yes, it unfortunately includes actions such as these.
I don't like the funding of third-world dictatorships either, or false pretenses to overthrow regimes like non-existent WMDs. However, the same people who decry American actions in Afghanistan and Iraq ask why the US is not involved in Syria- it is a little ironic.
I never asked this question, but I'll take the bait. Ironic is the fact that America (and the coalition forces) claim to have invaded Iraq (where the dictator was installed and kept in power by them for decades) and Afghanistan, in the name of freedom and democracy, but do not intervene where people are actually trying to bring about freedom and democracy. I'm sure the US would be quite happy to invade Iran in the name of democracy but not Syria (Egypt, Israel, etc...). Ironic ain't it?
I doubt it, Isreal alone would be fuel enough for the fire of this fundamentalist terrorism. And while I think the modern state of Isreal behaves reprehensibly, the Jews of Isreal have just as valid a claim to the land as the Palestinians historically (see your Sri Lankan example above).
They may have a valid claim to live in the land, and share political and economic power with the Arab Palestinians, but they have no valid claim in owning and running the land exclusively. Anyway, if you read the bible, you will find that the original Jewish tribes actually invaded Palestine (they were nomad tribes living in Egypt), around the time of Moses, conquering and killing the indigenous populations. So, historically speaking, the claims to validity are completely invalid.
And why is that? Why do no Muslim countries have indigenous Hindu or Buddhist populations, especially considering that Afghanistan, for example, was once home to a vibrant Buddhist culture? Or is that question too uncomfortable?
Not uncomfortable in the slightest. Afghanistan also had a huge Greek population (originally invaded around 300BC) for a long time. It was destroyed by (in temporal order): The Scythian Sakkas, then the Chinese Yuezshis, then by the Persian (not Muslim yet) Sassanids, then by Muslim Arabs before being completely destroyed by the Mongols. Oh, did I happen to mention it was a Buddhist empire too? Anyway, the answer is impermanence. Anything that is compounded is bound to decay (or be destroyed). Human folly. The eight worldly dharmas. etc... But I thought that this would be obvious.
What happened to the Ancient Greek religions? Destroyed by Christianity.
What happened to the Ancient Egyptian religions? Destroyed by the Romans, then by the Christians, then by the Muslims, then by... and samsara just keeps on spinning on!
I wonder why there are no Buddhists or Hindu places of worship there, despite the large migrant worker populations in Saudi Arabia from India and Thailand, for example. Could it be because of these draconian policies?
Saudi Arabia is not the entire Muslim world. Anyway, up until about 10 years ago, it was not legal to build a Buddhist centre in Christian Democratic Greece. Athens currently has a huge Muslim population, due to the influx of refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, etc... and yet they have not allowed for the building of a mosque yet.
PS All religious systems are also political systems, that is due to the fact that they are social systems.
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master