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Submitted by Gloria Stewart (United States), May 25, 2014 at 18:55

In paragraph 2, perhaps Dr. Pipes should name the countries which give him hope that Islam can evolve toward a more benign form. Could it be Tunisia? No. Prior to the "Arab Spring" Tunisia was a totally secular state. It allowed no political opposition, but neither did it enforce the codified barbarism that is Sharia. The Ennahda (Islamist) Party, after the overthrow of the government of Ben Ali, attempted to make Tunisia a Sharia compliant state. It has failed - so far - the election later this year will settle whether secularists or Islamists rule.

Could it be Libya? No. Prior to the overthrow of Khadaffi Libya was a stable secular state. Now it is a no man's land with Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood militias roaming the streets. Whover wins it will not be an improvement over Khadaffi, despicable as he was. Could it be Malaysia? No. That nation has begun to crack down on non Muslims, and Christians find it more and more difficult to live and practice their religion. Of course there is Iraq, George Bush's absurd folly, where, purple fingers aside, is not on its way to becoming a democracy but is in the sphere of influence of Iran. And that is the short list.

In paragraph 6, Dr. Pipes recognizes that not all Islamists are potential killers. Neither were all Nazis, and neither were all Communists. The United States was 100% in favor of defeating the Axis powers during World War II, yet only about 10% of our population actually did the fighting.

Islam utilizes stealth jihad in the United States as the most appropriate form of jihad and the form most likely to succeed.

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I linked to this catalogue:http://www.danielpipes.org/13033/can-islam-be-reformed#reforms

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