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Islam vs. Islamism

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Submitted by Gunther H. Sciff (United States), May 13, 2013 at 13:47

If there is indeed a substantial number of of secularists, a doubtful question, the question is whether they can muster a political force again, as was the case in Turkey after WWI. In the last 50 years the forces behind Islamism as supported by the Muslim Brotherhood since its inception, the secularists have been driven underground in the two recently largely secular countries- Turkey and Egypt - during the years between the two World Wars and thereafter until recently.

If there is a meaningful group supporting secular Muslim ascendancy, it is not presently visible to me. The power of the radicals to silence the moderates is very much in the ascendancy., and there is little, if any, opposition strong enough to contain the rising power of the Islamists, who have attained or are gaining power in Palestine, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, and Iraq

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You should watch developments in Egypt more closely and you will see an anti-Islamist movement in action.

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