Islam Vs. Islamism: A Case for Wishful Thinkers
By switching Muhammad from “Islamist” to “Muslim, Pipes must then answer a crucial question: is Islam defined by Mr. Pipes? Islam is defined as “Al-Islamu deen wa dawla” ("Islam is a religion and a state”). Pipes then must remove the “and” to substantiate his false case.
Then Pipes makes even more blunders:
Islamism relies heavily on conspiracy theories to interpret the world, on the state to advance its ambitions, and on brutal means to attain its goals.
All this from an historian who ignores that much of Islam, including the Quran, the Hadith and Islamic history, is littered with “conspiracy theories” in order “to advance its ambitions” by “brutal means.”
So here is my answer to Mr. Pipes’ question: We will fight Islam with the bible, history, our Constitution, and our laws and even militarily if we must, while working with any Muslim to bring them on our side of the fence, including terrorists. I was one myself. We will not do this by creating an end that justifies the means. Pipes insists we provide a solution, which according to him is only done by mischaracterizing the problem at hand, which is: it's Islam, stupid, and it's 100% all the Muslims that believe in it. To add more from history — Mr. Pipes' favorite subject — Islam was defeated when the Ottoman Empire was dismantled. And in those times, they didn’t use Pipes' strategy of differentiating between Islam and Islamism. Sir Winston Churchill said:
Mohammedanism [Islam] is a militant and proselytizing faith.
Is Pipes wiser then Churchill?
I rest my case.
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