Monday, May 23, 2011

Coping With Islamic Extremists

There are several Muslim groups that oppose, sometimes violently, predominantly Western Christian countries and Israel.  They include Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, Abu Sayyaf, Wahhabi, Salafi, Islamic Jihad, and Muslim Brotherhood.

Which, if any, can be persuaded to recognize Israel and accommodate the U.S.?  With Usama bin Laden out of the way, can the Taliban be induced to give up their violent ways and become peaceful participants in a democratic Afghanistan?  Or, was the Taliban revenge attack that killed 80 police recruits in Pakistan proof to the contrary?

Can one or more of these groups be bought off with cash and diplomatic gestures?  Does the U.S. have a coherent policy in dealing with the threats from radical Islam?   Or, will the U.S. continue to respond in what looks like an ad hoc manner, trying to take out Qaddafi but politely asking Syria’s Assad to show restraint, and the leaders of Yemen and Bahrain to undertake political reforms.  "Oh what a tangled web we weave..."

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