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Disengagement is still not an option.

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims
in response to reader comment: What's the alternative?

Submitted by Ephraim Lior (United States), Apr 21, 2007 at 13:32


I've just stated that disengagement is not an option. You've neither disputed nor agreed to my statement. Instead you ask "What's the alternative?"

Then you offer your version of an "alternative" – a war on Islam. Then you dismissed your own suggestion. Good.

After that you offer some analysis of Islam's current state. Your statement on its fragmentation is questionable, but regardless, it does not make disengagement more feasible.

Your following statements are undeniably correct but also do not clear the way to disengagement, nor do they offer any alternative (unfortunately though, yes):

R.H. - "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."

… all of the above was declarations not a constructive suggestion in any way.

Today's world's disposition in terms of the West vs. Islam is tragic, and, perhaps, does not have any reasonable solution. It does not mean that anything goes; or it goes if there are no alternatives.

However, just to entertain you I would offer a few.

1. We all convert to Islam and reform it from within. (All laugh, but it might be the last resort, at some point).

2. Christianity dissolves itself by common admission that the whole cloud around that poor Jew was a tragic long wrong way to a dead end. This would make Mohamed's claim to divinity a joke, therefore dissolving Islam and making our world more rational.

As you see we have to deal with virtually impossible, though not more so than disengagement.

Yours truly,

Ephraim Lior


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