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The breaking of Islamism

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Submitted by Werner (United States), Sep 5, 2005 at 23:46

If one compares Islamism with communism, another totalitarian ideology, the breaking of comunism took a long time and finally it was the hardball policy of Pres. Reagan to achieve the destruction of communism.

islam is around for 1400 years. A change which is now targeted in the islam world will be slow. Tradition, viewpoints, attitudes are deeply ingrained in that faith and will not change in a quick way. A quick fix is also not desired.

Communism had to be thoroughly challenged, mainly in its power. The ideological challenge was on a more practical level as western economies were so much powerful and dynamic.

The western world is rising slowly to the challenge of Islam. The good thing about this is, that ones own values come back to the forefront of ones consciousness. A new debate and a refreshing of these values are not bad at all.

Islamic countries will be able to get a windfall profit out of it if they use it. The strengthening of democracy in western states will have an impact on the avantgarde of islam politicians. Ideas, values, concepts etc are freely distributed and are also now more visible in the islam world.

A strengthening of western democracies will challenge the ruling systems, will challenge the core values of islam countries. The stronger western democracies will be so stronger will be their appeal in islam countries. People will compare, will see what is wrong in their states and will see ways to fix it or change it completely.

The threat of Islamism so painful it is is in the long run a needed impulse to bridge an interval in western democracies who were drifting in a bad direction.

The expulsion of hate mongering Mullahs into their home countries with the following persecution through those states will show muslims in those countries that islamism is not a desirable interpretation of the Quran.

Western values may not be adapted one to one but they have an effect. Womens rights group in heavily muslim countries have a foot in the door. They achieve things which were formerly unthinkable. The process is slow and far from having a momentum but it is fledgling which is giving hope. The iraqi people embraced democracy in spite of deeply ingrained tribalism. Democracy is getting a foothold in Saudi and in Egypt, Libanon, Afghanistan, Kuwait (voting and being voted for for women) and so on.

To have a strong showing against Islamism in western democracies will embolden the fledgling democracy in strong islam countries. Yes, they demanded those things long time ago, like Egypt did with Great Britain.

There will be and there is, cooperation between the middle east and the west. something which can grow

If Islamism is challenged here and argued against, this information is going into the islam world and will have an impact there. In a global information world these informations will go around.

So the more one breaks the attachments between Islamism and certain elements in the western world, elements who fight for their rights and for their influence, so stronger one personally reverts to the core values of western civilizations, so stronger is the fight of totalitarism.

To break communism we didn't a war we needed strength in backing our constitution. The dynamics of freedom will blast away any totalitarism, be it communism, or be at Islamism
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