Monday, February 11, 2008

In Search of Moderate Muslims

Felix sends this with the comment "This is an excellent AEI article by Joshua Muravchik."

Ever since his first post-9/11 speech summoning the nation to a war against terrorism, President Bush has stressed that "our war is against evil, not against Islam." Indeed, his administration has branded the terrorists as "traitors to their own faith"--outlaws who are "trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself."
There is no reason to doubt the sincerity of such pronouncements. But they also reflect a strategic imperative--namely, to prevent the jihadists from attracting wide support in the Muslim world. The goal of Bush's policy is, rather, to call forth the Muslim majority against the acts and ideology of the terrorists. As the Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes has put it: "radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam the solution."

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