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Submitted by Erich W (United States), Dec 14, 2010 at 22:20

I personally agree that Islam itself is the problem, but I must say that there are many versions of Islam that are sufficiently morphed, watered down, transformed by extraneous ideas, etc, so that in an Islamic country or a Muslem populace in a non-Muslim country, there are many who are so out of touch of that dangerous element within their religion, that you might call them "moderate." "Quiescent" fits many, as they may be a latent force that will be activated later by stirring sermons in the mosques that arouse anger toward the Infidels. But "quiescent" does no describe all who live at a distance from the original militancy of their religion. Many will never return to that militancy. On the other hand, ridicule of Islam is understandable, but its over all effect should be observed. It may tend to polarize the uncommitted, and therefore just be an excuse for more radicalism and violence. I think if you live in an Islamic population for long, you will give up any expectation that Islam will be destroyed by rational argument. The rationality of human beings does not work that way. It would be wiser to count on living next to the Islamic world, whatever its faults and dangers, which are many. Policy to minimize Islamic influence upon non-Islamic societies would be very wise. Sober and firm critique, with a readiness to confront the violent responses to it, is the best option for living with Muslim minorities in our midst. Ridicule on the one side and reactive barbarity on the other might produce a backlash in which people on both sides of the argument cave and decide to limit freedom of speech. That would be a tragedy.

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Israel has a policy [101 words]yuval Brandstetter MDDec 14, 2010 12:00180946
Policy of Survival a Reality of Fact [243 words]M. ToveyDec 14, 2010 19:11180946
Oh! How I wish that were true! [53 words]There is NO Santa ClausDec 14, 2010 23:58180946
Technology is on our side, and so is China [149 words]yuval Brandstetter MDDec 16, 2010 09:14180946
Fairy Tales [197 words]There is NO Santa ClausDec 19, 2010 01:09180946
The conspriacy factor [733 words]John W. McGinleyDec 13, 2010 13:37180914
5Israel HAS a policy [131 words]There is NO Santa ClausDec 13, 2010 08:18180902
2Call it Clinton style [619 words]Jay1Dec 12, 2010 21:03180892
Israel should state it's commitment to the whole set of democratic laws and values [254 words]DemsciDec 12, 2010 04:56180876
Does "being built' only imply a process that has started and will never end? [131 words]Mladen AndrijasevicDec 11, 2010 06:18180859
1Cordoba Initiative [116 words]'Israel Has No Policy'Dec 11, 2010 05:29180858
1Correct!!! [127 words]JaladhiDec 11, 2010 20:18180858
A logical and well established interview [111 words]Rafi LaufertDec 11, 2010 04:26180857
1What path Israel to take; what path the world to take? [457 words]NuritGDec 10, 2010 20:10180851
2Reply to NuritG [47 words]There is NO Santa ClausDec 13, 2010 08:21180851
Coalition Government is not a good for Israel [232 words]NuritGDec 13, 2010 21:00180851
1Before 1993 [198 words]Abu NudnikDec 10, 2010 17:58180848
7Why Does Daniel Pipes Trust "Moderate" Muslims? [269 words]Canto28Dec 10, 2010 17:40180847
1Excellent comment by Canto28 [15 words]RajeevDec 10, 2010 22:02180847
3No moderate Islam, no moderate Muslim!!! [321 words]JaladhiDec 11, 2010 19:58180847
1Reform Islam [228 words]GershomDec 12, 2010 17:16180847
You need to live there [285 words]Erich WDec 14, 2010 22:20180847
I don't understand [13 words]There is NO Santa ClausDec 15, 2010 23:19180847
Interview by Pajamas Media [96 words]Bryan TaplitsDec 10, 2010 10:23180838
dear israel [60 words]gemDec 13, 2010 20:43180838
2The Great Game [327 words]Jon, a Brit from EurolandDec 10, 2010 10:01180836
1Israel's Internal Problems [180 words]SigmundDec 10, 2010 08:33180834

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