No it's not a cabal of shadowy Neocons. In 3QD The Architects Of War On by Maniza Naqvi This is worth reading in full, it's an interesting view. All the Abrahamic faiths are sometimes misconstrued as faiths that sprang from the desert. In fact they are all inventions of urban folk, particularly Islam which is the work of a Meccan merchant not a desert Bedu. Often they do not sit well with wild nomadic folk, who don't have much room for compassion, charity or fine aesthetics. Shrines are key feature of most Muslims lives. The austere Saud version of Islam Wahabism is thought by some Muslim scholars to be heretical and has a long history of destroying much loved places of prayer even in Mecca. It's ironic that this tribe of philistines is custodian of Islam most holy places and not surprising that their care often looks like vandalism. They've also used their oil money to run roughshod over the traditional Islam of places like the Punjab with its gallery of saints and their holy places. I noticed in Mali recently where the Takfiri have been tearing down shrines, there's been some talk of branding them as Kufr, violators of tradition and not proper Muslims at all. You could compare it to iconoclastic Reformation Prods white washing out idolatrous Papist religious art, I'm sure the feelings are just as bitter. It's perhaps not coincidental that a great icon of Mamon, the WTC was targeted by men of Wahibi faith on 9-11.