American Samizdat

Wednesday, September 20, 2006. *
Interesting Harpers interview with the CIA's Director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program:
Six Questions for Dr. Emile A. Nakhleh on the CIA and the Iraq War
6. Is there an inherent threat to Western democracies from the Islamic world?

No, there's only a threat from those who use Islam for ideological reasons and who are willing to employ violence. There are 1.4 billion people in the Islamic world and only a tiny minority, maybe 2 or 3 percent, are politically active. Just like Jews and Christians, most have kids to raise and bills to pay. Most view Islam as a personal and societal force, not a political one, and only a tiny minority becomes terrorists.
Well worth your time ...
posted by Uncle $cam at 11:44 AM
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