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Islamists dominate European Islam

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Submitted by Carmen Waggoner, Ph.D. (United States), May 25, 2010 at 10:36

Dr. Pipes' outstanding article is one of many direct and clearly presented explanations of how and why AMERICANS SHOULD NOT BACK ISLAMISTS. His description of the failure of Western governments illustrates the fact that "ignoring the Islamists' repulsive ideology and working with them" did not work. I definitely will read Ian Johnson's just released book A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West briefly summarized by Dr. Pipes and the evolution of soldiers to Islamism in the 1950s, the "rehabilitation" of Nazis, the "CIA-front organizations, and dueling Soviet-American ambitions." In his book, Johnson describes the role of American intervention, which resulted in "an early boost to the Muslim brotherhood...and gave it the means to establish an Islamist framework just in time to welcome the surge of Muslim immigration to Europe in the 1970s".

As an American, formerly European, who had to flee from the Nazis in France, I am not surprized that Islamism is an extension of Hitlerism. I was a child then, but I shall never forget what I witnessed then, and am seeing again when Israel is attacked again and again by more and more sofisticated artillery fire from the Arab world. I hate the spread of Islamism in America, Islamism encouraged by an Obama who protects Islamists inside and outside of America. It is time to wake up and learn from history "and [do] not assist the Islamists", as Dr. Pipes concludes in his outstanding article. I have learned, and I will.

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