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What's the alternative?

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in response to reader comment: It's too late Rick

Submitted by Rick House (United States), Apr 20, 2007 at 16:47


What's the alternative? Do we declare war on Islam? That's a war on a billion people. I'm sorry, our own moral compass would not allow such a path. We must contain and disengage.

Today, Islam is fragmented. In the 70s and 80s it was less so. In fact, I would argue the faith was largely unified in a great many of its goals, including Palestine, the control of the oil supply, and its expanded worldview of its own possibilities. Because of its fragmentation today, I feel the opportunity for containment is now. Today, it is in the West's interest to control these rapidly emerging radical elements of Islam and to stem the tide of the religion's disruption to the world's global society. Moreover, disengagement now puts the West on the high road and that's where the West needs to be in the mist of a major religion's pending and evolving reformation.

Respectfully, I say no. I think any MRI of today's situation would support my view.


Rick House

Denton, TX


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