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How to cause a difference?

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Submitted by C_30 (Norway), Feb 9, 2012 at 12:27

Dear Prof. Pipes,

I am a regular reader of several blogs covering the struggle against Islamism and the politically correct elites that do their best to shut down an honest debate about this threat.

The analysis these blogs present are generally excellent, but they usually fail to inform what readers can do to counter the threat. This may cause people to be even more demotivated, as they can understand the problems, but not how to solve them. In my opinion, this is a big shortcoming of the movement against Islamism.

In contrast, both Islamists and the extreme left are very good at directing their supporters into activism.

So I suggest that at least some blogs focussing on Islamism should spend more time on articles about what ordinary people can actually legally DO (save respecting totalitarian "laws" against blasphemy etc).

If you have time to reply, what do you think about this?

Submitting....

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have collected some ideas about counterterrorism at http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/02/what-you-can-do-to-help-win-the-war-on-terror

as for combating lawful Islamism: my hope is that more individuals get involved in researching and exposing the Islamists in our midst.

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