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Dr Pipes changing tune?

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Submitted by rw (Australia), Dec 11, 2009 at 04:18

Dr Pipes makes this interesting statement - 'Of the three main future prospects – everyone getting along, Muslims dominating, or Muslims rejected – the first is highly improbable but the second and third seem equally possible.' Isn't this somewhat of a reversal of the position usually adopted by this excellent analyst - ie that the problem is 'islamism', and that there is some hope that 'moderate' islam can adapt to the western world and fit in?

If so I welcome it, because I see islam as the problem, it being the system that spawns islamism, and is bound to continue to do so for just as long as it is forced to confront the modern world - the alternative for moslems is really an emasculation of their system, a capitulation. Islam is not a structure with the intellectual, moral or social capacity to deal with the realities of the world to day; it must therefore either die or violently reject the world that will kill it; that at least is the mindset of 'islamists'.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I see the problem as Islamism but Europeans in large numbers, as evidenced by the anti-minaret vote, see it as Islam. I have my views, to be sure, but they do not trump my analyses of current developments in Europe.

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