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Alain Jean-Mairet's self-defeating reasoning

Reader comment on item: [The Search for Moderate Islam:] A Reply to Lawrence Auster
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Submitted by Lawrence Auster (United States), Feb 9, 2005 at 11:46

Alain Jean-Mairet's response is most revealing, and, again, shows a logic very similar to that of Daniel Pipes. He insists that he wants to destroy militant Islam, both through military means abroad and through special measures at home. But then he adds, "[W]e can do that only with the most pious Muslims. And we have to help them doing that.... We have to do it because true pious Muslims are rare and not listened to."

So, on one hand, just like Mr. Pipes, M. Jean-Mairet supports a war to destroy militant Islam, but, on the other hand, again just like Mr. Pipes, he premises this war on the help of a group which he admits is tiny, ignored, and powerless. But how can this war succeed if its success is contingent on the help of a group that barely exists?

I reject this tortured reasoning. We must act on our own in our own self-defense, and not be dependent on Muslims in any way. If, in the course of events, some "moderate" Moslems happen to come to our side against the militants, that's fine. But we can't be dependent on such people.

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