Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Are we being aggressive enough?

by Morton Kondracke from Roll Call

Is the United States really contesting radical Islam around the world as if it is -- as President Bush says -- "the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century"? Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, believes "our mission should be to identify, nurture and support Muslims committed to fighting against those who want to impose Sharia law on their countries," and that the U.S. should organize "a loose, but grand coalition of anti-Islamist forces -- ranging from orthodox pious Muslims to secular Muslims" to oppose radicals. Satloff also said the U.S. should be using its influence to stop Saudi Arabia from exporting rigid Wahabi Islam around the world and should establish "alternative examples of excellence" -- schools and health clinics -- in all major Islamic cities to counter social services and Madrassas set up by Islamist organizations.

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