religion and war

I am a firm believer that religion has played a major role in inciting many wars throughout history.  I also believe that it is most likely to be the cause of the next war, and, with the constant advance of weaponry, it could be one of the last.  An article on nyt.com talks about the most recent outbursts of divine hatred for those of another creed.  I find it frightening.


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/01/world/middleeast/01hamas.html?pagewanted=1&ei;=5087&em;&en;=48a7108aa0ca1938&ex;=1207281600

I know many consider religion less important in causing wars than other concerns, but I believe the support of the populace is needed to fight a war (present wars excluded) and religion is used to gain the support of the people through demonizing the enemy.  How big of a role has religion played in historical wars in your mind?  in recent wars? the current war?

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