May 11, 2011
Jennifer Rubin: 'Muslims speak up, and against radical Islamists'Topics: Understanding Islam
Apparently, genuine "moderate" Muslims actually do exist, after all:
[...] I asked the panelists what if anything the West could do to assist these Muslims in their internal battles with co-religionists. Mustofa Bisri, via translation from Taylor, explained, "We cannot overcome this problem solely by ourselves. People from the East and West and North and South must work to overcome this threat [of radical Islam]." Contrary to the position of radicals (and the widespread understanding of Western non-Muslims), Mustofa Bisri explained that Mohammed's message was that Islam should "add to the perfection" in the world, not supplant other religions. Taylor added that the argument that any help we give to non-radicals will only "discredit" them is wrong. He said that no matter what they do, moderates will always be accused of being pawns of the CIA. He said bluntly that, "Muslim societies need to be put in an ICU," meaning they are in critical condition and need specialists from all disciplines to rescue the patient.Read more.
So what can the West do? Taylor suggests, for example, "holding Saudia Arabia" accountable for its role in funding and spreading radical Islam. He also points to joint efforts with anti-terrorism officials in the EU to work with anti-extremist groups in combating and delegitimizing proponents of radical Islam.
Seems to me that even 'genuine' "moderate" Muslims agree that Muslim societies are "sick" and in desperate need of critical care (translation - the problem lies within Islam itself). That's pretty much what we've been saying all along.
Meanwhile, our president is back on his "Muslim outreach" schtick.
Posted by Hyscience at May 11, 2011 7:56 AM
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