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Submitted by Gloria (United States), May 6, 2010 at 09:34

Dr. Pipes: You said that "Naming the enemy means changing some of the more pleasant aspects of Western life, and so is tough to do."

I don't understand that comment (#3). Could you please elaborate on it? What pleasant aspects of Western life would have to change if we named the enemy?

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Yes, I was a bit elusive there. I meant that such features of Western life as the ban on profiling and the assumption that all religions are inherently peaceful must be discarded if one is to confront the Islamist enemy, and we are reluctant to take those steps.

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