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Very intelligent post by Edward Cline

Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle
in response to reader comment: Internal Conflict in Islam?

Submitted by Rajeev (United States), Aug 28, 2010 at 01:25

Dear Dr Pipes: Your reader Edward Cline described the internal conflict in Islam in a very intelligent and objective manner. The conflicts pertaining to Islam that Mr Cline described should be apparent to any impartial external observer of Islam but Muslims are ignorant of their existence. Assuming that these shortcomings indeed make Islamic societies deficient compared to the other societies, two consequences of these deficiencies are immediately visible:

First, Islamic societies would lag behind other comparable societies. This consequence is easily observed. Islamic sections of the populations in nations where Muslims are in minority lag behind the non-Islamic sections in education, income, peace, and growth. Similarly,the Islamic majority nations lag behind the nations that have comparable history and natural resources but non-muslim majority.

Second, Islamic societies would try to blame others for their faults instead of owning responsibility. Palestinians anger against Israel, Pakistan's envy for India and worldwide Islamic anger against Jews and the United States are just a few examples of this phenomenon. The only way Islamists can explain their utter failure to achieve peace and prosperity in spite of the fact that they run a God-given constitution, is by pointing fingers at others and taking pledges of life long revenge against them (or by blaming their own Emirs and Caliphs for not being Islamic enough!!)

A matter of grave concern for the well being of our planet is whether Islam will be forced to reform under the burden of its own mistakes first or Islam-related violence will cause irreparable harm to humanity before that.


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