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Submitted by Jonathan (Canada), Apr 12, 2013 at 15:10

I think that you overlook something that is very critical. Islamism is a form of fascism. It is irrational and can't survive the onslaught of reason. It can only exploit a people's feelings of inadequacy and jealousy. It contains within it the seeds of its own eventual extinction. As Islamists come to power here and there, like fascists, they will devour each other with their own contradictions, burning rivalries and uncontrollable jealousies. I would say that worrying about whether Syria becomes Islamist today would be like having worried in 1937 about Bulgaria becoming fascist.

In the long term the fate of radical Islam is sealed, regardless of Syria. This is true even if its exact progress and time line is not clear to us today. Islamism is an ignorant form of thought, we all know that, so why worry about it? Very few freely educated people will ever be left in awe by its profound lack of insight. Islamism is all about the way things should be because it is written in a book and it's the longing of our childhood. It is about the fantasies of childhood when life was simple and our parents were close and our responsibilities were few. It is the expression of what could have been had we not been victimized by the complexities of life. All that being said, it cannot stand intellectually against modern thought.

And while we know that in today's Arab World any unstable situation or festering open wound will draw these Islamists to the scene like flies on "you know what", the fact is that they can neither rule very long, nor disappear quietly. We should leave them alone and let them spend some quality time with each other and not try to control what cannot be controlled.

Islamists can hurt individuals, stunt economic development, oppress people for a time, dupe millions for a while but in the end they have a shelf life and their span is limited to Muslim countries. You can tell them that, but they won't listen. It is not something Israel should get involved with.

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