Dr. Daniel Pipes Discusses The Threat Of Radical Islam At Scuttled Islamo-Fascism Awareness Event

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Dr. Daniel Pipes Discusses The Threat Of Radical Islam At Scuttled Islamo-Fascism Awareness Event

October 23, 2007 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNew.org – Dr. Daniel Pipes, the director of the Middle East Forum was one of three speakers at a University of Pennsylvania symposium entitled, “What Today’s College Students Need to Know About Terrorism,” which was sponsored by The Penn College Republicans and the Middle East Forum.

The funding came from David Horowitz’ Freedom Center and was originally supposed to be part of the national movement on American college campuses called Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, but the university appears to have bowed to pressure from the Muslim Student Association resulting in the week long exercise being recast as, “Penn’s Terrorism Awareness Week.”

The two other speakers were political science professors Stephen Gale, and Ian Lustick.

Dr. Pipes told the audience that “radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam is the solution” and warned that the greatest danger to the West was in legal Islamism which is crafted to work, “through the system.”

According to Pipes, “The key battles in this war…are the political battles between ourselves” and in that conflict “public opinion” was more important than “soldiers on a battlefield.” He outlined two goals, the first being to, “marginalize radical Islam” and the second, to “strengthen the moderates.”

Dr. Pipes concluded his address, “Noting that the problem ultimately is…between Muslims among themselves” and that “Islam was not radical a few decades ago.”

As proof of this he compared it to the countries formerly operating under the ideologies of fascism and communism which are now considered allies of the West, stressing that “we must help the moderates” and that it was Muslims themselves who needed to be in the forefront of the reformation of Islam.

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