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Well, Islam IS the problem and the Muslims who are most Israel-friendly are not the "moderates"

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Submitted by DrRJP (United States), Mar 23, 2008 at 16:37

i know that Daniel has gone to great lengths to sell the idea of a "moderate" Muslim, but I reject the assumption that its definition is clear-cut -- that everyone will agree on who is, or is not a "moderate."

To wit: the "moderate" President Abbas of the PA.

Take, for example, Wafa Sultan. Is she a "moderate?" Hardly! Certainly not by your definition. She is the most clear-headed person in the Muslim world, and seeing that she also believes that Islam itself is the problem, what would you call her? I'd call her a "radical" as in "radically progressive."

Islam needs more "radically progressive" Muslims to reform itself if it is to survive as a viable religion in the modern world.

But, by whom? To me, a "moderate" Muslim is the one who disagrees with Islamists, but is not willing to risk his or her own life to get the message out. Plus, I do not see "moderate" Muslims willing to do something to change the way the vast majority of all Muslims regard Israel.

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