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Definition of neo-conservative

Reader comment on item: A Neo-Conservative's Caution

Submitted by Adam Weinrich (United States), Mar 8, 2005 at 22:34

A neo-conservative as I understand it sees America as having a mission in the world to spread democracy, on its own, if necessary. This has been alternatively described as a crusade, imprialistic or missionary. Somehow America will save the world through spreading freedom through any means necessary. This at least fits the negative definition of neoconvservative, which is generally how the term is used.

I would say that you, Mr. Pipes, are a realist and have a healthy scepticism to this viewpoint which you display here. You repeatedly emphasize the solution to islamism as being internal to their world. Moderate islam is the solution, not America. Perhaps America can help push things in the right direction, but your viewpoint seems like more of a realist than a neoconservative.

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