I just asked myself if a serious message of a Conference of Religious World Leaders could make a difference. I know some years ago we had something similar, but the message was not that powerful. A retry?
I see now a self-powering circle of violence. The beheading was predictable. This is a new individual drama on one of the sides, but there are many of drama's.
On the two sides you have extremes, both choose the violent way, each with a proper agenda and strategy.
The newcons in the US and the Islamic extremists on the other side.
This is not the 'clash of civilizations' but the 'clash of extremists'.
In a newcon document of 2000 http://www.newamericancentury.org/Re...asDefenses.pdf
you can read that the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the "immediate justification", (but that) the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf "transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein". 9/11 was the trigger, not the reason. And the revenges God of the newborn Christians was also involved.
The other side - easily called Al-Qaeda - have primary religious reasons which transcends civil issues and values. The goal is a religious society were individual rights are less important. For them it is important to have powerful show-cases like 9/11 and Berg's execution.
Where are the moderated voices of both sides or better ... of the joined religious world leaders?
Would such a Conference make a difference in your opinion?