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This is hysteria

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Submitted by Hossein (United States), Sep 29, 2004 at 19:50

Dear Mr. Pipes: I read this with amazement. Are you serious? Radical Islam is in retreat. I just came back from the Middle East and saw it first hand. Radical Islam must and will be defeated, but the paranoia about an Islamist state in the US or even Europe is non sense. Bernard Lewis and you could be right in arguing that Islam's influence will increase in Europe, but it will be in name only. It will be an Islam heavily influenced by the West. The Christianity of today is not the Christianity of Crusaders and Spanish Inquisition. With such talk who can blame the people of the Middle East who fear that their part of the world is becoming Christian. Globalization and economic development will bring homogeneity and as Dostoyevsky once wrote "all happy families are alike."

Sincerely
Hossein
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Daniel Pipes replies:

Even if you are right that radical Islam is in retreat in the Middle East (which I doubt) and that it will influenced in the West by the West (which I agree with), that in no way diminishes the Islamist urge to dominate Western countries.

DP

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