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No responsible politician would call IS Islamic…at least, not yet

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Submitted by Neville Barnes (United Kingdom), Sep 19, 2014 at 12:24

This is tedious. There is a public fiction being maintained because the alternative--admitting that IS are the most devout Muslims in the world--risks (1) mobilising 1.3 billion Muslims against us, and (2) alienating nations whose oil we desperately need. We can stop constructing conspiracy theories about Obama. This is simply the realpolitik of the situation.

Eventually the West will have to declare war on Islam, and once one Western power takes that step others will follow.

My guess is that Europe will lead. Europeans will see some small country, such the Netherlands, being overrun by Muslims, and they will finally act to limit Islam's influence, oil be damned. Then it will get bloody.

Submitting....

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How can the West declare war on Islam? It's not only infeasible but impractical. I think you mean Islamism.

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