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Radical Islam

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Submitted by Dan Hare (United States), Dec 10, 2009 at 14:19

Aside from securing supply chains and local safety, and allowing the peoples whom 'Islam' has visited and fused with, what are the specific steps to beating Islam? The vast majority of Muslims are poor, illiterate, and oppressed. Yet they know that their inclusion in Muslim societies demands allegiance. My sense is that we need to create a hedge between the radical Al Queda's and Taliban's and the people via a Greg Mortenson "Three Cups of Tea" format. It has to be grown from the inside out. Its a complicated balance, but that is the challenge. 85% of Islam is more interested in 'life' and a future. That is the garden to sprout seeds of change. Much like the Christian faith tradition, Islam is ripe for a reformation of sorts. How much should we in the west be concerned about this and encourage it. I mean in specific steps not vague generalities of 'beating the enemy'.

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