Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

To Fight and Help Political Islam

In a Jerusalem Post article entitled "Which Islam is Best?", Daniel Pipes praises a recent backgrounder on political Islam by Rand researcher Cheryl Benard. Her primer on Islam’s various political faces in the world today,
Civic Democratic Islam
(available for free as a PDF, either in summary or full version), presents useful strategies to counter the attraction and spread of radical, militant Islam. She does so by identifying certain Islamic groups as open to Western or American ideas and support, and those inimical to these, as a kind of rhetorical counterpart to the administration’s war on terror.

For America’s intervention in Iraq to succeed, the recent insurgencies in Iraq first and foremost deserve to feel America’s wrath quickly and decisively. But we should not forget to wage a rhetorical on terror, a prudent adjunct to the heroic boots on the ground.

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