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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Apr 16, 2013 at 13:46

Dr Pipes articulates a somewhat tangled and roller-coaster tale recommending support, then opposition, and then maybe support again, of a series of Muslim governments. Although each individual recommendation may make sense, I have to wonder yet again what inhibits him, and many others, from considering, well, maybe the common thread in all these situations is that Islam, the religion itself, renders these countries permanently ungovernable, filling the minds and hearts of both rulers and peoples with ferocious and cruel passions that are incompatible with any policies which will produce prosperity and order among themselves internally or with their neighbors externally, Muslim or Non-Muslim.

Ironically, as all of the countries Dr. Pipes discusses become more unstable and violent internally and may even be tending toward a sort of Civilizational Collapse, their external agents, especially members of the Muslim brotherhood, with their "masterful manipulation of language" (to quote from the recent video Jihad in America, The Grand Deception) pose an increasing danger to the stability and order of non-Muslim nations, especially in Europe.

And why is this? Could it be just because those seemingly most opposed to the spread of Islam (I pointedly don't use the adjective 'militant') insist on becoming demure, retiring, diffident, circumspect, and taboo-governed, in that they will not allow themselves to consider whether the Religion Itself is our enemy? And incidentally, an enemy of all those Muslims who haven't been captured by, or given into, "a bone deep hatred .. that is inconceivable among normal human beings" (quote from a prominent blogger), a hatred which comes out of the core of Islam, which is to say out of the malevolent mind and heart of the Founder of the religion, Mohammed.

Why hasn't it become clear that no other major religion has a founder – not Moses, not Buddha, not Jesus, not the creators of Hinduism, not Confucius – who encouraged, permitted, or condoned anything remotely like the atrocious behaviors that Mohammed does? As an example, shown most particularly and vividly in Egypt in recent months and weeks, Islam renders it impossible for pious, devout Muslim men to become civilized human beings in their treatment of or regard for women.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Even if conceded your point about Islam itself being the enemy, we'd still need a policy toward Syria.

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