1 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Not so certain

Reader comment on item: "You can't fight Islamism with ideas coming out of Europe"
in response to reader comment: The essence of totalitarianism

Submitted by Joe Six-Pack (United States), Dec 4, 2010 at 12:23

I am pleased that Mr. Pipes is more optimistic than I. His study of Islam is far greater and more thorough than mine.

Maybe my view is simplistic. My background is conflict and warfare. I see Islam as having been designed as a form of government that does not recognize any other. (The modern nation-state did not evolve until many centuries after Islam was founded) Islam is constantly challenging the authority of the modern nation-state. ANY and ALL of them. After all, what religions do we know of are still fielding an army? What 'Catholic Lands' or 'waters' are defended by the Pope? What priests are forming and leading their own combat units? I can't think of many better reasons to wage war. And this is only one of the major issues.

I tend to agree with Ron Thompson in that the U.S. is not YET seeing many of the problems that Islam presents in Europe. Hey, I can be all wrong, just like anyone else. This is why I am pleased that Mr. Pipes feels differently. This does give me hope that we can win without the war becoming much, much larger.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Not so certain by Joe Six-Pack

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)