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Your observations are absolutely correct

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Oct 30, 2012 at 01:02

Dear Dr Pipes:

Your observations in the article "Nothing Succeeds like Failure" are absolutely correct. It is very sad but the entire Islamic world suffers from the victim mentality. I think 99% of the Muslims subscribe to the belief that their religion and politics are absolutely correct and they are victims of other cultures. Any victory on the part of muslims will defeat this belief but nothing is easier than victimhood!

Muslim politicians are so afraid to wage a just war and win it. Ironically, every just war starts with a non-violent dialog. And Muslims leaders --for some reason-- do not know how to start a dialog. Every peace initiative between Israel and its ME-neighbors was started by a foreign power.

What if some Islamic leader stands up and calls for peace with Israel? What if he or she is willing to lose some and win some? What if such an effort fails and a war is broken. That will be a legitimate war. No leader in Middle East is willing to start a peaceful dialog.

Talking peace with Israel is too far fetched. What if an Islamic leader in any country stands up and seeks amnesty for the leaders who were deposed during Arab spring? What if a Muslim leader stands up and says that, probably, there is a way to win Syrian's battle against Bashar al-Assad without firing a shot? Any victory that comes as a result of such non-violent beginnings will be a true victory. But being a victim is so convenient, why do anything otherwise?


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