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Rick I agree with you

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: It won't work. It's time to throw in the cards and push ourselves away from the table.

Submitted by Haim Belisowski (United States), Apr 18, 2007 at 12:53

I wrote this nearly 5 years ago:

Radical Islam is an internal problem within the Muslim world and must be dealt with by other Muslims.

Therefore, the only solution would be for the West to persuade the Muslim world to deal with these radicals in anyway they see fit – not necessarily by our standards but by theirs. The West should formulate a unified stand (I know this would be difficult) vis-à-vis the entire Muslim world to deal with this problem or face cessation of all interaction with the West. This may sound extreme but if the Muslim world does not deal with this time bomb now, it will not be able to deal with it later because the radicals will become too powerful. (http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/3177).

One of the key faults in the Moslem religion is the way it values Honor. The pursuit of honor is what causes most of the grievances Moslems have. It is essentially an egotistical attribute and it produces arrogance, hate, jealosy, deceit, and all the bad things that go with them. What Islam needs instead is to cultivate the attribute of humility. Humility is the loftiest attribute that humans have and it produces numerous good side benefits such as caring, charity, love, respect of others etc.

Islam needs a major reformation regarding the above values. I don't know how we in the West can teach them this. It has to come from within. Maybe, we in the West should point to these flaws and remind Moslem how deficient their religion is. I mean, look how little they contribute to the betterment of the world.


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