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Reader comment on item: Reflections on the Revolution in France*
in response to reader comment: I'm still not totally convinced.

Submitted by Alex (United States), Nov 11, 2005 at 15:25

While many of the rioters may not be Muslims, this does not mean that the overall trajectory of the events in which they are taking part is not ultimately the Islamist cause. Just look at other revolutionary situations where actors of diverse ideological lines cooperated to bring down the system before only one of them actually seized power; examples include the Bolsheviks, Social Revolutionaries and Mencheviks in Russia, the Communists and Islamists in Iran, and the Communists and the Nazis in Germany. What appears most important in these cases is not simply the particular ideological program of a group of protestors, but that they all seek to destroy Western institutions. Perhaps those who revolt only to see their movement persecuted later just cannot resist the temporary thrill of revolutionary fervor and rioting.

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