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Submitted by There is NO Santa Claus (United States), May 14, 2013 at 23:30

I dunno, Doc! I'm not sure I'm buying into your thesis.

First of all, Christianity and Islam have something in common. Both were born as imperialist religions. We don't speak of "Christianism" today because Christianity gave up its imperialist intent many years ago. (The exact time is something scholars can debate. I'm content to note that today, the term "Christianism" is inconceivable.)

Islam has not given up its imperialist nature. It was defeated by force at the end of World War I, but was revived immediately after. Nobody noticed until OPEC poured money into the hands of Muslims who could accelerate the imperial aims of Islam. Thus, your thesis is correct; but only as a thesis; a useful one I might add. Unfortunately, the reality today is that Islam is the problem, but we can return to the paradigm of your thesis whereby the Islamists are marginalized.

I can answer your 'killer question': "How do you propose to defeat Islamism?"

Answer: Take away their money.

This can be done by adopting an Open Fuel Standard whereby all motor vehicles operate on fuels made fom multiple feedstocks (including but) other than petroleum. I know you are aware of this effort and I will not elaborate. The technology is readily available to mix non-petroleum-based fuels with petroleum-based fuels in any ratio to propel motor vehicles.

Suffice it to say that when our motor vehicle fleet can propel itself on fuels derived from feedstocks other than petroleum, the Islamic imperial movement will be stripped of its economic resources to wage war. Once forced to compete in an open and free market, Islam will have no choice but to modernize, just as Christianity did. In a free and competitive market, Islamic nations will have to "make stuff" instead of sitting on top of petroleum reserves and "taking stuff"; milking it as they please.

Until that happens, even the so-called "moderate Muslims" are forced to go-along-to-get-along. The Islamists' muscle comes from money derived from OPEC and the inability of industrialized nations to move goods without petroleum-based fuels.

It's just that simple, Dr. Pipes.

Islam is the problem, but it wasn't always that way. It doesn't have to be that way.

We all have Muslim friends who want a better life in an industrialized society. We and our Muslim friends all know that the radical Muslim movement is fueld by OPEC. Nobody wants to talk about OPEC anymore. In my view, not discussion of Islamic imperialism can take place without mentioning OPEC. Yet your aricle does not mention OPEC.

Just thought I'd mention that.

Regards,

There is NO Santa Claus (aka TINSC)

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