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What solution do they offer?

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Submitted by William R J Scott (United Kingdom), May 8, 2007 at 10:12

Do developments in Pakistan and Turkey not confirm my oft-repeated point that radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam the solution?

What solution do you see moderate/nominal Muslims providing, Dr. Pipes? Much as I admire both your scholarship and your gentlemanly style, I really cannot see how these demonstrations demonstrate any solution to the global jihad being proffered by moderate (so-called) Muslims.

The Islamofascists have all of Islam's primary source texts -- the Qur'an the Hadith and the Sira -- on their side.along with every orthodox school of Islamic theology. They all support the jihadis' ideology.

And the "moderate" (more accurately, nominal) Muslims have no coherent and convincing theological rebuttal to the jihadists' ideology. In fact, they have none at all.

The moderate/nominal Muslims are not organized, united or well-funded, either; whereas the Islamofascists are both well organized and well funded.

If you can provide concrete evidence that there is some realistic solution "moderate" Muslims are or could be offering, I'd be the first to side with you. Until then, I'm afraid I have to agree with those who advocate the only realistic solution I've encountered so far: overwhelming force. It's the only thing Islamofascists -- or any fascists -- have ever understood. The use of overwhelming force against every jihadi-funding state and isolation of every every jihadi-harboring state and peace through strength are the only hope I can see.

But I would be delighted to be proven wrong.

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