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Is the Problem Islam or is it Radical Islam

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Submitted by Matt (United States), Apr 2, 2007 at 14:11

I question Daniel Pipes' belief that the problem is radical Islam rather than Islam. While radical Islamists may represent 15% of all Islam, they are supported in one manner or another by the majority of Muslims. Either they are supported by funds or by simpathy.

It is like the army that defends a nation. Only a small part of the population is actively involved in the army, but it is the rest of the population that supports the army that is the key. One cannot defeat a nation by only destroying its army. One must defeat the population that supports the army.

So Israel cannot defeat Hexbollah until it defeats the Shia population that supports it. America cannot defeat Iraq for the same reason.

We cannot defeat radical Islam until we defeat its support base. This support base is represented by the majority of Muslims.

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