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Reader comment on item: The Limits of Terrorism
in response to reader comment: We are not convinced of Abrahms' argument or conclusion

Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Apr 28, 2009 at 11:35


Islamic terror gets the issues important to Islam into the conciousness of millions who would otherwise never have heard of them. These issues can then be pursued, and many will support them who otherwise wouldn't have. The result is a splitting and weakening of the "enemies" (as defined by them) of Islam, thus enabling advancement of goals that would otherwise be unachievable.

Slowly, inexorably, Islam's agenda advances. Their "failure" to achieve their "maximalist objectives" creates the illusion that the victim is "winning" when in fact he is not, because it is not the "maximalist objectives" that are the short term goal. By believing that because we aren't succumbing all at once, and thinking ourselves magnanimous and open minded by "addressing Muslim concerns" and granting them greater autonomy and influence, we lose without being aware of it. More terror, more cooperation with "moderates," more concessions, and before we kinow it, the thief is the master of the house.


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