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To: Luis Gonzalez
Your words...
"And the Islamic world is composed of despots using Islamism as a tool to further their intentions."
The Islamic world lies mostly outside of the Middle East, thus, by your definition, Indochina, India, Pakistan, China, are included.

Cool. I was not aware that the despots of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (there is no such country as Indochina) were using Islamism to legitimatizes their rule.

And, BTW, India is a reasonably-free democracy

Let me clarify my words some more: when I say "Islamic world", I'm talking about those majority-Muslim countries run according to Islamic principles (or at least their interpretation of it). Thus countries containing some percentage of Muslims (which would include most countries these days) would be excluded if the Muslims were not in a dominant ruling position

Clearer now?

Taking inventory of those countries which are majority Muslim (outside of fairly-secular Turkey), you find precious little freedom and Western-style liberty. That's what I'm talking about.

196 posted on 01/25/2004 5:01:49 PM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: SauronOfMordor
What I've been arguing against all along, are the generalizations being thrown about, the most prevalent of which is that Islam is inherently evil.

The moment that I point out that most Muslims live in areas where Sharia laws are NOT enforced, and that the vast majority of Muslim extremism is concentrated in countries that have been more often the target of terrorism, than sponsors of it, the generalizations sputter.

I did not list countries with "some percentage" of Muslims, my list showed that most Muslims live outside the region at fault for 99% of all Islamic extremist terrorism.

What makes Turkey different, is the Western-style secularism...that's what Muslim extremists are fighting, the spread of Western secularism leading to more Muslims countries like Turkey.

If that's what they fear most, the spread of Western secularism, then that should be our primary weapon against them.

What we must NOT do, is launch Western Christian fundamentalism at Muslim one will win that war.

199 posted on 01/25/2004 5:16:34 PM PST by Luis Gonzalez (The Gift Is To See The Trout.)
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