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Reader comment on item: [The Canadian Islamic Congress:] An Islamist Apology

Submitted by J.Fred Decker (United States), Jul 19, 2005 at 17:13

Dr. Pipes,

A step to dispelling 'miasma' indeed! I hope you do more along the same lines and others follow your example.

Except that it is related to Jslamist intimidation, the following is a little off-topic but I can't find an email address to you directly (not hard to imagine why), so here goes:

I have been thinking a lot about your ideas and others as I have been following the conservative, pro-War blogosphere.

The London shock sharpens my sense that we need OPEN allies among Muslim-Americans. Where are they? I don't see any. That may be due to my own insulation in a small city in the PA boonies (only one mosque in town and I don't know any of them) and due to insufficient web search skills. Maybe it's due to there not being any, any at all.

Or, maybe it's due to their reluctance to be seen in the public sphere because of fear of intimidation. The Islamofascists are aptly and often compared to the KKK. Are there lots of Muslim Americans who are not only not Islamofascist Jihadis, but who wish to exclude Islamofascist Jihadis from amongst themselves?

Most likely the answer to the last question is, "You bet, and how!" I'm guessing that such individuals usually have little confidence that they have allies in American society willing or able to protect them. Consequently they are easily intimidated by Islamofascist Jihadi thugs.

Therefore Islamofascist Jihadi thugs can operate with impunity and Muslim American organizations are helpless to expel them even though large majorities of their members would like to. If there is a lot of intimidation going on right now in Muslim-American circles, isn't this dangerous?

Such intimidation is a civil rights issue that I can get fired up over, much as I was over the early Civil Rights struggle. (A neo-conservative is anyone who renounced most of the Left except an attachment to the early civil rights movement, it having been previously abandoned by the Left, right?).

Not much to get fired up over when the intimidated aren't complaining. In any event, if you can direct me to such complaints and complainents, I'd appreciate it.

Thank you.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Where are the moderate Muslims? Fair question. I reply to it at "Naming Moderate Muslims," http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/390.


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