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Is the war on terror similar to the cold war?

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If so, how similar is it?
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The war on terror, which refers to the ongoing global effort to combat terrorism and extremist ideologies, is similar to the Cold War in some ways, but there are also significant differences between the two.

One similarity is that both the war on terror and the Cold War have been characterized by a global struggle between two competing ideologies or systems of government. In the Cold War, the struggle was between capitalism and communism, while in the war on terror, the struggle is between the principles of democracy and human rights and extremist ideologies that seek to use violence and terrorism to achieve their goals.

Another similarity is that both the war on terror and the Cold War have involved a complex web of international relations and have had significant global implications. Both conflicts have also involved the use of military force, as well as diplomatic and economic measures, to achieve their objectives.

However, there are also significant differences between the war on terror and the Cold War. One key difference is that the Cold War was primarily a struggle between two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union, while the war on terror involves a more diverse group of actors, including state and non-state actors, and is not limited to any one region of the world.

In terms of Qur'anic verses and hadith that may be relevant to the concept of terrorism and the war on terror, some examples include:

  1. "And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness" (Qur'an 5:8)

  2. "And whoever kills a believer intentionally - his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment" (Qur'an 4:93)

  3. "The Messenger has believed in what was revealed to him from his Lord, and [so have] the believers. All of them have believed in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers, [saying], 'We make no distinction between any of His messengers.' And they say, 'We hear and we obey. [We seek] Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the [final] destination'" (Qur'an 2:285)

  4. "The believers are but brothers, so make settlement between your brothers. And fear Allah that you may receive mercy" (Qur'an 49:10)

As for hadith, some examples include:

  1. "He who hurts a non-Muslim citizen of a Muslim state hurts me, and he who hurts me annoys Allah" (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

  2. "The best of deeds is the one that is continuous, even if it is small" (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

  3. "He who does not show mercy to our young ones or acknowledge the rights of our elders is not one of us" (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

  4. "The believers, in their love, mutual kindness, and close ties, are like one body; when any part complains, the whole body responds to it with wakefulness and fever" (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)


  1. Burke, J. (2006). Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam. New York: I.B. Tauris.

  2. Byman, D. (2006). The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad. Foreign Affairs, 85(3), 2-7.

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