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Terminology I don't understand

Reader comment on item: UCLA's Embarrassment: Prof. Abou El Fadl

Submitted by Paul137 (United States), Jan 7, 2015 at 14:12

Mr. Pipes wrote, "As for Islamists, I do not feel superior to them; I respect them as a worthy enemy and am at war with them."

"Enemy" I understand. "Respect" and "worthy enemy" I don't.

If those are shorthand for "worth worrying about because of their hyperactive barbarism," OK. That's the same kind of practical "respect" one allows rabid dogs.

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