Some More Good News From the Islamic World

As usual, Fareed Zakaria is a voice of sense and insight. In his latest column for Newsweek, he writes of the war against terror, as waged from within by Islam itself. In an underreported phenomenon, radicals are losing the war for the hearts and minds of the faith to moderate elements, he writes. This does not indicate an outbreak of Western liberalism or democracy, or an upsurge in membership in the Thomas Jefferson Fan Club, but it is hopeful, indicating that a billion Muslims really don't look to Osama bin Laden for guidance.

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Comment by Joseph on February 18, 2010 at 2:47pm
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on February 17, 2010 at 1:26pm
Oh yes, I agree, and I think Dr. Zakaria might have been thinking that when he stressed how moderate Muslims are the ones who should get the credit.
Comment by Jon Compton on February 17, 2010 at 8:34am
I think this piece is a nice summation of what the totality of the War on Terror has really been all about. What will now be amusing and sickening at the same time is to watch the various politicos try to take credit for it.
Comment by Chris Gammon on February 17, 2010 at 12:45am
FTA: "The debate did not take the form that many in the West wanted—no one said, "You're right, we are backward." But still, leaders in Arab countries were forced to advocate modernity and moderation openly rather than hoping that they could quietly reap its fruits by day while palling around with the mullahs at night. The Bush administration launched a series of programs across the Muslim world to strengthen moderates, shore up civil society, and build forces of tolerance and pluralism. All this has had an effect." So it's Bush's fault! :) Fareed sums it up well; "Such people cannot be won over. They cannot be reasoned with; they can only be captured or killed." Coming from someone who is moderate-left, that's quite a statement. I like Fareed's unusual approaches to things. (See his book 'The Future of Freedom' for a very interesting take on democracy.) I'd like to see him moderate political debates, and get himself greater exposure.

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