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Who's the real enemy?

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Submitted by Robert Unger (United States), Apr 29, 2002

It is good to see that people who interfered with Daniel Pipes' right to speak were themselves shown to be enemies of all who believe in free speech. Even more important, having myself heard Pipes speak and having read things Pipes has written, it is evident that those who attempted to stop Pipes' speech are either (or both) mistaken about Pipes' opinions or unhappy that Pipes is able to expose the dangers of extremist Muslims who have distorted Islam in furtherance of an ideological movement that promotes hate and seeks to destroy democracratic principles and the very liberty which permits Pipes' detractors to criticize him.

Pipes is not a "Muslim/Arab hater." Rather, he denounces miltant Muslims who kill those who disagree with militant Muslims' misguided cause. Indeed, I am confident that more Muslims than Christians or Jews have been killed because they have opposed militant Islam. If anyone doubts that, he or she need look no farther than Iran or Iraq.

Pipes is not opposed to Muslim people. He is opposed to an ideological movement which calls for the destruction of the United States and the most cherished values of Western culture.
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Title Commenter Date Thread
a valuable learning experience but some questions [312 words]Anwar WagdyApr 30, 2002 182
What a guy! [14 words]Jill MontesApr 30, 2002 180
A hero in his own right [33 words]Hallie LermanApr 29, 2002 146
Myopia [45 words]Jonathan SheimanApr 29, 2002 142
Encouragement [43 words]Adele M. Perlman, M.D.Apr 29, 2002 140
Frightening views [67 words]Yvonne PicardApr 29, 2002 138
Keep steadfast [60 words]Jan BruggemanApr 29, 2002 137
Commend the University of Washington [164 words]Vince AllenApr 29, 2002 136
My dear "Hate Monger" [58 words]Dixon PorterApr 29, 2002 135
Keep up the great work! [6 words]Allan GrafmanApr 29, 2002 134
ISLAMAKAZIES [17 words]Paul GastwirthApr 29, 2002 133
Thanks from the trenches [102 words]Adrienne WienirApr 29, 2002 132
Who's the real enemy? [190 words]Robert UngerApr 29, 2002 131
A Reasoned Voice [77 words]Dr. I Thomas SheppardApr 29, 2002 130
Thanks for the good work [5 words]Bruce BeattyApr 29, 2002 129
Freedom to threaten [125 words]Ken BesigApr 29, 2002 128
No other moderates? [102 words]Steve HessApr 29, 2002 127

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