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Submitted by yuval brandstetter (Israel), Jan 23, 2006 at 15:44

For a fundamental change to occur, the people, the believers, or leaders, must be thoroughly disenchanted, or upset, or disenfranchised, by the current state of affairs. Such major shifts occured in European Jewery when it embraced 'Haskala' or enlightment in the mid 19th century, or with the creation of political Zionism half a century later.

Clearly this is not the case for Islam. Islam is not unhappy. Islam is winning, by leaps and bounds. Islam is forcing the West to acknowledge inferiority. Islam is forcing Israel to withdraw from its own land, step by step. Islam is forcing Atomic power down the Western throat, and all it hears is ineffectual bleating. There is no incentive to reform when you win.

Rather it is the weakling West which is imploring Islam to reform, to check the triumphant march. Certainly that is the way Islam regards these beseeching voices. The more bleating heard, the more Islam hardens the winning approach.

The only way to reform is by staightforward defeat. Thus were Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan reformed. So far the West has shown no such willingness. Therefore do not expect the winners to reform, unless by reform you mean the further subjugation of the West.
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