One other element of Islamist strength
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Submitted by William Grayer (United States), Dec 27, 2006 at 21:07
Dear Dr. Pipes:
Your analysis of how the West could lose was excellent, as are so many of your other articles. I'd like to suggest one additional important factor contributing to the power of the Islamists, which you may have inadvertantly missed listing (if you agree). That is the enormous petrowealth available to finance the myriad activities of the Islamists, ranging from the unexceptionable legitimate to the most egregious acts of murder and terror. I believe that this enabling resource, orginating primarily in the Persian Gulf, is one of the key underlying strengths being used it. In fact, without it all of the other elements would probably be mostly ineffectual.
By the way, will you be giving any public lectures while you're at Pepperdine? Will the announcement(s) be posted anywhere?
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Daniel Pipes replies:
I wrote a whole book - "In the Path of God" about petrowealth, so I am aware of it.
Yes, I will be giving a number of public talks while in the Los Angeles area and will post some of them on the www.DanielPipes.org homepage.
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