The Original Communities that hailed from the region of the Arabian desert and Iran, as also from the formidable mountainous region of Afghanistan, have been the target of much criticism and swearing for their apparently aggressive nature and infliction of violence on other races and nations. However, very few critics consider the angle that most of these clans have lived in a very harsh climatic environment and scarcity of resources in their land of origin, which has influenced their mindset and culture.
There are Four Main Types of Habitat, influenced by One of the Four Main Natural Elements, namely, (a) FIRE- (Heat of the Sun)- Deserts and Regions close to the Equator; (b) WATER – Coasts of Seas, Rivers and Large Lakes; (c) AIR – Mountainous areas and Hill Stations, Polar Regions and (d) EARTH- Inland Plains, Mines etc. The Realms of Fire are the hottest and most uncomfortable for living.
Not only the Muslims, but if one goes into the pre-Islamic history of the Arabian Desert region- say of the Biblical times- the ASSYRIANS , an Arab tribe, who were the same as the Asuras mentioned in the Hindu texts, were also a fiery lot, and have been described by an English historian as “Breaking loose on the occupants of the valley of Mesopotamia like a pack of wolves, who were ruthless in killing the conquered people, and are said to have been dismembering their enemies after assassinating them!” They ruled the area from Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean Coast upto the Aral Sea on the East of the Caspian Sea from around 1320-612 BC, after which they were in turn defeated by the Persians.
Likewise, the Moguls invading India from the time of Babur, also came from Mongolia, which is a partly desert, party steppe, and partly mountainous area; but it is pertinent to mention here that warring and invading tribes existed in Central Asia even before Babur and his forefathers Timur and Genghiz Khan. Examples are of the ‘WHITE HUN’ (or Ephthalite, as the tribe has been named by anthropologists) TORAMAN and his son Mihirgul who invaded (and established their clan in) India, from their homeland in Central Asia in the 5th century AD, and ATTILA, the HUN who invaded and ravished and terrorised Germany and the surrounding parts of Europe around the same time. The religion of Islam did not exist then, as it was founded by Mohammed Paigambar in the latter half of the 6th century AD.
In Europe also, it was the races of Northern European origin, like the GERMANS, CELTS and SCYTHIANS who invaded and conquered the Southern and Mediterranean seaside countries like Bulgaria, France and Italy. In Greece, the original Greeks named the ‘Mukes'(short form of Mycenae) or ‘Black Greeks’, as they were a mixture of European and the dark Hamitic races, were overthrown by the Nordic tribe of Dorians to which Alexander belonged, from 1100-1000 BC.
In India too, it is observed that the people of Rajasthan which is a desert state and of Punjab which has extremely hot summers and extremely cold winters, including Hindus, tend to be more easily provoked and aggressive than the residents of the temperate coastal regions.
This indicates that ferociousness or aggressiveness and irritability tending to spark violence of at least some communities like the Muslims and the other communities mentioned above is related significantly to the intensity of heat or other intemperate and unsuitable climatic environmental factors like very frosty areas, as of the people living in the Arctic region, or rough mountainous regions like the Ural-Altai mountains on the northwest border of Mongolia with very high altitude and thin air. The relation of extreme climate, especially hot climate, to aggressiveness and violence in populations chronically exposed to it, has been recognised by Ecologists and Environmental Biologists.
Hence, most long past and recent invasions and wars have been initiated by the tribes or clans belonging to the countries with harsh environment against, and than the people blessed by nature with temperate or soothing climate, as around seas, major rivers or water beds like large lakes, that is bountiful human and animal resources, which those belonging to the hostile equatorial and polar regions eye with envy and covet to conquer, as a FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL! The aggressive writings of such people, like Jihad, are also probably prompted by and a reflection of their envy and resentment against those who are environmentally better placed, which arouses the urge to defeat the latter and seize their land and resources. So Perhaps, improving their own environment may bring real Peace to them(and to others)!
For Why is it that all sections of Muslims are not as intolerant to people of other religions as the Sunnis , that is, if the apparent hatred and destructiveness of some of their members are due to their religion?
One important ‘KEY’, though not the only one, for augmenting equanimity and BRINGING DOWN the occurrence, if not ending, of the bitter and fierce WARS waged by one nation against another for possession of the gifted and alluring lands around the world, is by making the regions with unmerciful weather or other severe environmental flaws ON THIS EARTH more bearable for habitation, that is, ENVIRONMENTAL UPGRADATION, which the MODERN, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY invented by Mankind, CAN certainly ENABLE it to do, if only Humanity would realise the pressing importance and need of such a mission (more than exploring the possibility of finding some OTHER planets like Mars, which can, perhaps(?) sustain life) ! CAN WE ?