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Has Islamism peaked?

Reader comment on item: "The Battle against Islamism Has Not Yet Started"

Submitted by Saul Stein (United States), Jul 31, 2016 at 11:57

Mr. Pipes:

I found much to agree with in this interview and your response to the question about the definition of "Islamophobia" ("a word created by fascists and used by cowards to manipulate morons") is a classic!

However, I did find your comment about where we stand in the "battle" against Islamism a bit perplexing. I think you need to expand upon the comment "I see Islamism as having peaked in 2012-2013 and showing signs of weakness". Are you suggesting that Iran and Hezbollah are weaker today than they were 4 years ago, or that Iran's power has already peaked, even though it will most likely possess nuclear weapons sometime in the next 5 to 15 years? And isn't Turkey at least on a plausible path to becoming another Islamic Theocracy with military heft, like Iran? And what assurance do we have that Boko Harem and their equivalents won't continue to expand throughout northern Africa?

I think the claim that Islamism has peaked and is weakening deserves additional commentary by you.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have written about this at length. You can start with http://www.danielpipes.org/13124/islamism-doom

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