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Auster's only half smart reasoning

Reader comment on item: [The Search for Moderate Islam:] A Reply to Lawrence Auster
in response to reader comment: A take at Mr. Auster's response

Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Feb 10, 2005 at 14:48

I could live with Mr. Auster's project as it is. Just destroy militant Islam and that's it, and perhaps to work with Muslims as they come to us.

But I just don't believe in it.

You just can't gather a majority of people for backing such a project to its end. At best, you can start it, and it has started indeed, and then you have to negotiate the rest. And the job is only half done.

If you don't have people inside the Muslim world that take over from within at some point, you will be left with an aggressor's image and you'll lose your swing. And militant Islam will be able to start again, with a stronger image of victim. And it will be harder, then, to get over that. Too hard. I say.

We cannot defeat such an enemy with force alone. We have to outsmart it at the same time.

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