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Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle

Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 19, 2010 at 07:48

The landscape of radical islam is complex. The core territory described by words like islam,moslim,immigrant,arab,terrorism, middle-east. Different people relate to different subjects in the list at different times of their lives. As far as I understand Dr Pipes studied the middle-east as a scholar and living in Egypt for a while before the subject of radical islam emerged in the west. In 2001 when radical islam reached the west for everyone to see everything that happened fell into defined places in a larger landscape of understanding for him. To other people it came as surprise with no prior understanding or experience with landscape. It is important to accept that people coming from different understandings can arrive at similar conclusion as what to do about it. The general consensus among everybody is that something needs to be done *now*. The disctinction is important because it illustrates the personal integrity of different people responding in different ways to radical islam. That is not to say one is better than the other. I respect that some people have a more emotional reaction to the threat and others come from a rational standpoint.


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