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Submitted by WeAreAllDanes! (United States), Mar 6, 2006 at 01:20

"There are many Muslims who are trying to reconcile their religion with 21st Century modernity, and the incompatibility that you speak of between Islam and democracy or between Islam and a Republican form of government is not set in stone. The majority of Muslims find that these incompatibilities can be minimized."

Can they now? Are you willing to jettison much of the Koran and the Hadiths? That is what will be required. Start with Sura 9 and end with the disposal of all of Shariah.

"Admitedly, there are Muslims who do not want a progressive Islam and would rather see no change take place. But these Muslims are in the minority, even though they speak the loudest."

I keep seeing this claimed. I do not see it proved.

"You say that elections in the ME gets you Hamas, but what alternative is there? Fatah that was in power the past ten years was corrupt and dictatorial. They misgoverned the occupied territories and were unable to lessen the plight of their people."

You get the government you deserve and desire.

"Moderates in Palestine were not given voice ( just like moderates in most of the Arab countries), and were in fact sidelined by both the Fatah ruling party and by Israel. So it is not surprising that the only people that are able to organize under dictatorships are the Islamists, and their organizations have now proved successful in ME elections."

Which would not be so if the so-called "moderates" did not tacitly support much of what the Islamists say and do.
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