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what was not mentioned, democracy and the international islamist movement

Reader comment on item: West-Muslim Relations since 9/11

Submitted by myth (Germany), Dec 18, 2010 at 13:09

Surprisingly nobody during the interview made Israel a topic of discussion. I find this remarkable.

Dr Pipes seemed to be the only one actually worried about islamism-2.0 . Quite in the same way that Dr Pipes says that terrorism and violence is merely a tactic I say that democracy is merely a process.

As I understand it the international threat of the islamist movement was denied by some in the discussion for the muslim population worldwide is so diverse and cannot possibly be put under one banner, not even a radical one. Here people ignore that islam provides the structure that holds diverse groups together. Some sort of abstract islam, the idea that islam needs to be followed. Any islamist can agree with that regardless of what that means in practical terms. In addition to that the internet provides new means of international communication which no longer requires mass media to advance a specific topic. In that respect the 911-attacks were unnecessary and maybe counterproductive from an islamist perspective.


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