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A reason to be optimistic

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Submitted by Gautieri (United States), Sep 12, 2007 at 10:38

As dark as these years have been, and as strong as the Islamist enemy seems to be, I too see a silver lining to this cloud.

As much as the Islamists attack western targets with terrorism and "softer" ideological approaches, they seem to be attacking in the Muslim world even more. And with this stark brutal reality staring them in the face, Muslim populations have to decide whether or not Sharia is something they can fully embrace and still lead happy productive and free lives.

It is my conclusion that there is too much information out there and too much brutality from the Islamists for any sane population to choose real Sharia. At the same time, the world's economies are pushing closer and closer together. Nations are forced to work together, because their own well being (survival even) depends on it.

Case in point; I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of Hamas "police" with batons controlling a Fatah crowd in Gaza recently on the news. Since the 2006 elections these self -righteous band of "Gods Soldiers" is now forced to police the streets, clean up garbage and do crowd control. How long before the Palestinian population sees them as no different than the Fatah police that came before them? or the IDF for that matter? And doesnt it seem that Hamas will soon be forced to change its position on its "sworn enemy" of Isreal??

Institutionalization of radicals tends to show their true colors.

This is why Fidel Castro is almost universally seen as a dictator while Che Guevara is seen as a Martyr. Che died young and "not" in power.

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