D. Pipes new column at FrontPageMag outlines the West’s divide over Islam:
Take the key question of which Muslims are on the enemy’s side and which on ours. With exceptions, the Right shuns non-violent Islamists, while the Left welcomes them as friends. Conservatives accept as moderates only those Muslims who actively oppose the Islamist goal of imposing the Shari‘a (Islamic law) worldwide; just because Muslim organizations or individuals denounce terrorism or work through the system does not make them, in their view, either moderate or mainstream, nor a suitable partner for government, media, or the academy.
I love this…Pipes compares “muslim moderates” to law abiding French Stalin Communists of the 20th century.
Some examples of the Right/Left divide: New York mayor Rudy Giuliani spurned a check from Saudi businessman Al-Waleed bin Talal while London mayor Ken Livingstone literally hugged Islamist thinker Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Republican Fred Thompson condemns the Council on American-Islamic Relations for often seeming “to be more aligned with our enemies than us,” while Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi congenially met with the group.
But then, exceptions pop up: Robert Leiken of the Nixon Center encourages negotiations with the Muslim Brethren, while Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, rescinded an award to CAIR.
Pipes compares non-violent “moderate Muslims” to French Communists who used democracy to achieve Stalin’s totalitarian ambitions.
I am active on the conservative side in this debate and have even drafted a list of questions to help distinguish moderates from extremists. I compare non-violent Islamists to French Communists, who worked through the democratic system to achieve Stalin’s totalitarian goals.