When reading through Islamist propoganda for their internal use, one thing becomes clear: the Islamists are not anti-Zionists or anti-Israel, they are anti-Jews. In all of the Islamist books I have been reading in Urdu, not once has Zionism been mentioned. Israel has been mentioned a few times, but the bulk of remarks against Jews have been explicitly against Jews (Urdu: singular: یہودی, yahūdī; plural: یہودیاں, yahūdiyāN).
While in Pakistan last time, I went to A Mosque and happened to be able to pray the ‘Asr prayer (صلاة العصر, Salāt al-‛aSr in Arabic; نماز عصر, namāz-e asar in Urdu) there, which is late in the afternoon. I kid you not: as soon as the prayers were over, the imām launched into a harangue against (نصرانیاں, nasrāniyāN, “Christians”) and (یہودیاں, yahūdiyāN, “Jews”). Not America or Israel or Zionism. Specifically against Jews and Christians.
As such, we must not let ourselves be fooled that the Islamists are opposed to certain states or their foreign policy or their ideologies: they are opposed to religious groups as such. America is said to be a Christian state, and that is why it is opposed. Hundreds of Muslim tyrants have imposed unimagineable suffering and oppression on Muslims, and yet Muslims remain silent; their motivation, thus, cannot be opposing injustice, oppression, tyranny, and so on. They are opposed to the infidels (كفار, kuffār; singular: كافر, kāfir) which includes Christians and Jews.
Sidenote: There is a common notion, even among Muslims, that the People of the Book (أهل الكتاب, ahl al-kitāb), which is defined as referring to Christians, Jews, Sabeans, and Zoroastrians, are separate from kuffār. Many Muslim jurisprudents hold that because of their rejection of Islam, they are indeed kuffār, although a sub-division among kuffār deserving special treatment because of the similarities they share with Islam (belief in a sacred book, monotheism, belief in prophets, belief in angels, belief in the Day of Judgment, so on). Now, there is debate, especially today, whether the People of the Book can be classified as idolators (مشركون, mushrikūn; singular: مشرك, mushrik; “one/they who does/do (شرك, shirk) or idolatry”). Being an idolator is a far more serious sin than simply being an infidel. (Indeed, while idolators “associate partners with God,” infidels simply “do not believe” in the validity of Islam or Muhammad’s prophethood; idolatry is on top of being an infidel.) Indeed, some have alleged that the “Christians” and “Jews” mentioned in the Qur’an are not the Christians and Jews that exist today, and similarly that the “Israel” mentioned in the Qur’an has no relation with the State of Israel or Jews or Judaism as they exist today. As such, those people who call themselves “Christians” and “Jews” are not Christians and Jews and should not be given the special considerations due to the People of the Book. They are infidels and idolators – who must convert to Islam or be killed.
We must not fall for their arguments and propaganda. When they say they oppose The United States because they are unjust or oppressive, they are lying. (Or, if they are saying the truth, they are hypocrites.) They oppose The United States because they are a Christian state (by the Islamists’ determination) and they are exercising power, influence, and force over Muslims rather than vice versa. Were The United States Muslim states, there would be none of this Islamist and Muslim opposition against them. The same with Israel: because it is a Jewish state (by their determination). (In the Islamist/Muslim mindset, there are no secular states. Every state follows and acts on behalf of a religion.)
In their public propaganda, words such as “Zionism,” “neo-conservatism,” “Evangelical Christianity,” “fundamentalist Christianity,” and so on, are code-words for what the Islamists really mean to say: Christians or Jews. They dare not say what they mean (at least here in The United States) because they know they will be strenuously opposed. They understand our values and sentiment, and then exploit them to reword their claims. There are no neo-conservatives in The United Kingdom and Christianity there is so weak, yet The United Kingdom receives as much hate and opposition as The United States do, and for the same reason: infidels lording over Muslims. Or, rather, infidels who dare exercise influence over Muslims. In the Islamist mindset, the infidels have their place: at the feet of Muslims and under Muslim rulers. For infidels to rule over Muslims or exercise any influence over Muslims is seen as rebellion against God and a perversion of how things ought to be.
This is important because this explains why Christians and Jews are so hated and what the real meaning behind the Islamists’ propaganda is. From our perspective, this is not a war of religions. It is a war between one faction (The West and its allies) against a threatening faction (militant/terroristic Islamists/Muslims); but they (Islamists and Muslims) do see this as a war between religions: Christianity and Judaism (and atheism and Satanism and Hinduism and goodness knows what else) against Islam. We want to confine this war to its participants; they are the ones who want to expand it into a war of religions. It saddens me how so many people are swayed by their trickery. Beware, my friends, and be aware.