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Reader comment on item: "Death to America" in Lebanon

Submitted by ss (India), Mar 5, 2013 at 23:15

i came across mr. pipes' article written nearly 30 years ago. the title is "death to america in lebanon" and it appeared in the Middle East Insight sometime in early 1985. the article is about the problems caused by shia militants to US citizens in lebanon in the setting of the volatile situation omnipresent in the middle east.

there was a response by one peter yff which contradicted mr pipes' stance on many points. the most important thing peter yff said was fanaticism cannot be stopped by physical force and that physical force is more likely to produce more fanatics rather than achieve the objective. mr pipes counter-contradicted in mr. yff's response stating that fanaticism can be and has often been stopped by force and mr. pipes cited examples of baader meinhoff and the red brigade. let us change mr. pipes' statement as "islam can be stopped by force of arms". on this count and on this count alone, mr pipes is wrong and mr. yff is right.

i am sorry i do not agree to a single other point made by mr. yff. in fact his statements reflect a thought process present in many which has lead to this current situation. islamic fanaticism is no ordinary fanaticism. in fact, islamic fanaticism can be and has been controlled very effectively by means involving very little violence. it will cost money but nothing near what it is costing now in afghanistan, iraq etc. and it will be a one-time investment. a few projects that i have in mind. however i do not have the means. i am asking you because maybe you out there since you or mr pipes may have contacts with people with the means.


i am sorry to say that this antidote will not be as effective in iraq or afghanistan but nevertheless many times more effective and many times cheaper than all the methods the americans have tried so far.



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