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Reader comment on item: The Clash to End All Clashes?

Submitted by Malcolm Schosha (United States), Feb 8, 2006 at 18:06

Daniel Pipes wrote"
"Moderate, enlightened, free-thinking Muslims do exist. Hounded in their own circles, they look to the West for succor and support. And, however weak they may presently be, they eventually will have a crucial role in modernizing the Muslim world."

Yes, there are certainly some "moderate" Muslims; but, as you know, very few of them. What worries me about your statement is your assumption of a sort of evolutionary force pushing social developments in the direction of moderation. I wish I could agree that this sort of evolutionary force will determine a more moderate future for humanity. But if such a force actually exists, why are the current observable developments predominately in the opposite direction?

Malcolm Schosha

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