Why do we care?
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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), May 29, 2014 at 23:59
One reason we care is 9/11. Another reason we care is because we care about Israel ans Islamism is anti-Israel. Europe cares because it has so many Muslims who "arrogantly" (a Muslim moral "Satanic" transgression) demand their rights in Europe and Germany has over 10% Turkish Muslim population and the issue of including Muslim Turkey into Europe has yet been settled - in fact Europe now is beginning its rebellion against "Eurabia." In fact, we used to only care when the automobile's internal combustion engine created the market for gasoline; but Europe gets its energy (gas) mostly from Russia.
Islam was always a more liberal place for Jews - until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the subsequent emergence of Jews in Palestine and the birth of the State of Israel in 1948.
We don't care about most failed states in the world - except for Muslim states in the Middle East.
The reality is that the Arab Spring is much like the failure of Europes 1848 Revolutions; there is a reaction, and no democracy has taken root in Tunisia, Libia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afganistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, "Palestine," Turkey, etc.
In these places (an even in Ukraine) democraci primarily means elections.
If Daniel Pipes sees a rainbow over Islam - it must be due to the fact of the recent failure of Islamism, particularly Sisi's Egypt's recognition of the 'terrorist" nature of the Muslim Brothers, and it's spawn, Hamas. And Islamist can no longer blame Imperialism for its failures, or use Israel as a distractions (as a scapegoat).
Another source of hope is in the Sinni/Shi'i conflict.
The only real measure of progress, however, is in the recognition of Minority Rights, especially as regards the Rights of Women and Sexual Orientation; but there we run up against Sharia. Christianity and Judism has by far surpassed Isman in this area.
But Caliphs are still the models for Monarchs or Dictators in the Islamic world mostly. And a wife was just stoned to death by her father, brothers, and sisters, in front of the Court where she was to give testimony, in "secular" Republic of Pakistan.
I don't believe this dispute is genuine - merely a difference over the choice of quantification measures; Pipe require 5%, McCarth 10%, & I want 15% (if you get my drift). In another 10 years maybe we'll see progress. Or maybe after Iran's next conference with the 5 +1; or after the Pope meets with the 2 "Presidents."
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Daniel Pipes replies:
I see "a rainbow over Islam"? I am not sure what exactly this means, but note this for a corrective:http://www.danielpipes.org/13977/sick-middle-east
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