Professor Barry Rubin, writing at Pajamas Media, describes in pitch-perfect fashion how the only way to truly confront radical Islamism is to do so from within Islam – a movement that Rubin says he just doesn’t see. Other Western reactions either tend to make things worse, understate or, worse, excuse the problem, or undermine themselves.
Part of the problem is this. Most powerful institutions and people say that Islam is a religion of peace. There’s no problem, except for a few mysterious extremists who just seem to pop up either at random or due to American and Western sins. The next largest segment says that Islam is an inherently violent and extremist religion. Thus, since the problem is Islam, there’s nothing to do but to combat it directly in some form. Both of the main Western responses, then, deny the importance of waging a real and serious battle within Islam.