Monday, January 16, 2012

Three Fundamental Mistakes in Dealing with Islam

Another brilliant essay by Daniel Greenfield.


Three Fundamental Mistakes in Dealing with Islam

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On January 16, 2012 @ 12:28 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage

We made three fundamental mistakes in our dealings with Islam. First, we assumed that the only politically acceptable answer was also the right answer. This is the most common mistake that politicians make.

Second, we established a construct of a moderate and extreme Islam that reflected how we saw it from the outside. This construct had no theological relationship to any actual belief or movement within Islam. Had we made the division into modern and fundamentalist, we would at least have been using words that meant something. Instead we used moderate and extreme in a military sense to mean hostile and friendly or neutral. But as a Vietnam era president and military command should have known, in a guerrilla war not everyone who isn’t shooting at you is friendly or even neutral.

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