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Old 02-21-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Should we be concerned that extremists see these revolutions as oppertunities to reshape the Islamic world in their image? Even if the mojority of these countries' populations want freedom and reject Islamic rule (which is questionable), will they have the ability to stand up to well organized radicals who don't hesitate to use fear and terror as weapons to implement their will?
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Should we be concerned that extremists see these revolutions as oppertunities to reshape the Islamic world in their image? Even if the mojority of these countries' populations want freedom and reject Islamic rule (which is questionable), will they have the ability to stand up to well organized radicals who don't hesitate to use fear and terror as weapons to implement their will?
I don't think that it is unreasonable to be concerned that there are those who would like to point these populist uprising in a direction of their own design, that would be the case no matter where it occurred.

As Rummy would say in response to your questions; this is one of the known unknowns.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Muslim preachers laude revolution, slam democracy

Should we be concerned that extremists see these revolutions as oppertunities to reshape the Islamic world in their image? Even if the mojority of these countries' populations want freedom and reject Islamic rule (which is questionable), will they have the ability to stand up to well organized radicals who don't hesitate to use fear and terror as weapons to implement their will?
What makes you think they won't elect Islamic governments if they do get to vote in free and open elections? You're supposing they want the same things we do and that's just not so. History bears that out:

Turkey: Elected an Islamic party to the majority.

Palestine: Elected Fatah, and offshoot of the PLO (a terrorist organization) and later Hamas.

Lebanon: Elected Hizbollah, which now is the chief power in government.

Iran: Elected and re-elected followers of the Ayatollah.

Iraq: Crafted a Constitution based up the Qu'ran and most political parties are aligned with one branch of Islam or another.

Afghanistan: Same thing.

Do you see a pattern here?

Question: What if they DO gain free elections, which has been a foundational concept of our foreign policy for decades, and then DO elect Islamic governments, or even the political arms of terrorist groups? What we do then?

We'd better think about that because it's about to happen.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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Muslim preachers laude revolution, slam democracy

Should we be concerned that extremists see these revolutions as oppertunities to reshape the Islamic world in their image? Even if the mojority of these countries' populations want freedom and reject Islamic rule (which is questionable), will they have the ability to stand up to well organized radicals who don't hesitate to use fear and terror as weapons to implement their will?
No more concerned than we would be over any other clueless person.

The people who staged these revolutions are even less interested in a theocracy than they are in a dictatorship.
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