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Where's the motivation for moderate Muslims? We have the stick, but what is the carrot?

Reader comment on item: How to End Terrorism:

Submitted by Dr RJP (United States), Dec 6, 2006 at 22:49

Daniel, ... Islamic front groups like CAIR need to be dissolved and banned from Western countries. If there are any genuine social service/human rights organizations for Muslims that are actively supportive of a modern, nonviolent, liberal Islam in the face of radical threats, then they need to be actively bolstered by our government.

But, how do you separate the good apples from the bad when the bad do such a better job of PR than the good ones?

Shakespeare had a way. To paraphrase the Bard, any group that "doth protest too much" is suspect. The Muslim groups that complain the loudest every time the government tries to thwart terrorist groups or leaders is of whom I speak. Rather than complaining to us, they should direct their complaints to those spreading the radical agenda.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Separating the good from the bad apples is indeed proving to be a hard task. Your suggestion is a good one, but not in itself enough.

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