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Radical Islam Grows in Toxic Soil

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Submitted by Gary Vineberg (United States), Aug 14, 2002 at 10:03

Stick to your guns, Dr. Pipes.

Radical Islam grows in toxic soil, the failed political culture of the Arab/Muslim region. The answer there is the same as here: secular democracy.

As Thomas Friedman wrote in his astute editorial about India in the New York Times today, "If Islam is ever to undergo a reformation, as Christianity and Judaism did, it's only going to happen in a Muslim democracy."

That is why a "regime change," as our Administration delicately puts it, in Iraq is so important. Saudi Arabia is edging closer to being a radical theocracy like Iran, Egypt is becoming more of a dictatorship like Syria, and the moderate monarchies of Jordan and Morocco are more or less impotent. The West must irrigate the soil of the Arab/Muslim region with democracy.

To me, the most troubling question is why most of our European so-called allies stand opposed to toppling Saddam Hussein when the potential rewards are so great for the whole world.
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