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Many equivalent questions one answer

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in response to reader comment: Trump has good marks for Israel's SECURITY. A "solution" to the Arab hatred of Jews, though, is beyond anyone's reach.

Submitted by Prashant, Dec 11, 2016 at 00:58

Dear Dr Pipes,

your reader Michael S wondered if there will be a day when Arab hatred of Jews will end. We ask so many question about Islam, muslims, and islamic societies. We ask when Arab hate of Jews will end. We ask if there are any moderate Muslims. We ask if Islamism exists and will it ever die. I think all these questions are equivalent to each other and all of them are equivalent to the question 'Is there home grown secular democracy in Islamic societies?' Presence of home grown secular democracy is the litmus test that will decide whether Muslims have matured enough as people to sustain and advance free thought. And, of course, there are many matured individual muslims. But I am talking about the majority.

Today, as I write this comment, 29 people were killed in an Istanbul bomb blast. When they kill their own people at this scale, asking whether they hate Jews or not is moot. Some day Muslims will get tired of this mayhem. They will ask, en mass, for freedom, education and democracy. We need to create that day. I am doing my bit.

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