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So what do we do in the meantime?

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Submitted by Pat (United States), Jun 26, 2005 at 20:30

I find it questionable that a fundamentalist victory would have been better in Algeria. It might have prevented their civil war, but it's not hard to reach the conclusion that, like Iran, they would have then turned their energies outward.

After the Iranian revolution, we were told that the Shi'a were the extremists and the Sunnis were the moderates. After all, Saudi Arabia was our ally and they were Sunnis. We also needed to support Saddam Hussein because he was the lesser of two evils and only he stood in the way of Iran controlling Iraq.

We now see that our Saudi "alliance" was merely one of convenience. Once the Soviet Union broke up and Communism was discredited, the Saudi fundamentalists went into high gear. The first attack on the World Trade Center took place soon afterward and Sunni terrorism continues apace.

If a moderate Islamic theology exists, I haven't seen it. What Muslim can claim to believe in separation of mosque and state without being condemned? How long would it take for an Imam to respond by issuing a fatwa?

It took more than seven decades for Communism to lose its luster and, even as the USSR rotted from within, it continued to threaten the West and foster terrorists all over the world. The few Communist regimes that still exist continue this tradition.

What do we do while we wait for Islamic extremism to exhaust itself? How many of us must die while radical Islamists implement their own plans for our destruction and the resurrection of the caliphate? Does the religious nature of this hegemony preclude any action on our part?
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Thank you so much Dr Pipes [30 words]Neila Charchour HachichaJun 23, 2005 09:5122820
This is the kind of journalism that I like! [191 words]Octavio JohansonJun 23, 2005 08:1622818

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