Murphy's Law: March 7, 2002

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The fall of the Taliban, the continuing fundamentalist atrocities in Algeria and the growing unpopularity of fundamentalists in Iran, have been a blow to the movement. But groups like Hamas and Hizbollah, that push social welfare program, will remain strong, And wannabes in places like Malaysia and Indonesia are just getting started, but are already under fire by their governments, Islamic moderates and non-Moslems. As a movement, Islamic radicalism has peaked. No Islamic state (Iran, Afghanistan) has worked and in both those cases, the people turned against the fundamentalists. It'll be another 10-20 years before militant Islam mellows, but it will. There have been periodic flare-ups of Islamic fundamentalism in the past. The last one was 120 years ago. It was gone in 30 years. There have been several more in the last thousand years. All these movements are built on sand, and the tide of history soon washes them away. However, no Islamic radicals in the past had weapons of mass destruction. So the current crop of wild eyed fire breathers need to be stepped on, rather than brushed off. 

 


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