Islam and the West at the Crossroads

By Hasan Naser Khan

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Recent terrorists attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California have re-launched a debate on the role of political Islam in relation to the West. Since 9/11, the subject of Islamism has been brought to the light amply by the Western media and the scholars. Yet there is confusion and little understanding of Islam in the West.
In the wake of terrorists’ attacks, two narratives have emerged and dominated the discourse on political Islam: First narrative outlines the alleged inherent contradictions within Islam. The Westerners see the religion of Islam intrinsically violent as manifested in its injunctions of militant jihad. Inspired by the jihadi text of the Quran the Islamists seek to dominate and rule the world. Therefore, Islam needs a serious introspection and radial reforms to modernize it; Second narrative is of victimhood emerging out of perceived injustices in the Muslim World as the root cause of the terrorism. It has the political underlining and a sense of grievance against the foreign policies of the Western powers vis-à-vis the Muslim world. Therefore, it is the religious obligation of the Islamists to revenge from the West.
The reality in the Muslim World is far from these dominating narratives in the West or within the Islam. In the Muslim world, radicals seem to have lost the support of masses due to inconsistent and brutal tactics against their own people. They alienated the local population by making them a soft target. More importantly, Islamists have been exposed wherever given a chance to rule, as they lack any blueprint to rule unlike their ambitious claims. From Afghan Taliban to Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, Islamists have a proven track record of disastrous rule.
Even the conservative Islam that is ascendant in some countries of Muslim world does not approve of the ideology of violence propagated by al-Qaeda or Islamic State. Turkey is the best example of moderates in power who are sharply different from the extremists in terms of their ideology and approach.
The acts of a few extremists do not reflect the message of Islam. In fact, Islam allows freedom of choice of religion. It categorically states in the Quran, “there shall be no compulsion or coercion in (acceptance of) the religion”.
Militant group Islamic State, however, has resorted to the most brutal tactics in the name of Islam. It has presented the most distorted and twisted face of Islam to the West.
The ability of the ISIL to recruit young Muslims in the West has raised concerns and suspicions of the immigrant Muslims, who are the first ones to speak against such despicable acts of terror. Yet they suffer the most in the face of backlash from the natives whose understanding of the Islam is superficial at best.
The Westerners’ perception of Islam is greatly influenced by the terror attacks. As they seem to have come to associate the acts of terrorists with Islam. They blame the religion as the motivating factor behind the terrorists’ acts. They fear the rise of Islam by force.
Contrary to the fears among the Western society, a noted American scholar on Islam Vali Nasar writes in his book Forces of Fortune, “Islam did not become the world religion claiming the following of one out every five human beings because of extremists who wage violence in its name but by embracing cultural diversity and intellectual curiosity”.
At this defining moment of war on terror, Muslims need to get their own house in order and recognize there is something wrong with the prevailing religious dogma that is inspiring and instigating young minds to resort to violence. The denial mode response, whenever there is terror attack, will not work for long. Alternative religious narrative could be the best answer to salvage the situation. Second, the West can reach out to the Muslim World and the disenchanted Muslim youth in Europe instead of overreacting to the events that are designed to create a gulf between the two civilizations.
Military response is a must to deter Paris or San Bernardino style attacks but long-term battle is going to be on the ideological front. It is all about winning the hearts and minds of the majority of Muslims who feel the West’s sorrows over the loss of innocent lives.
The war declared against ISIL by the West should not any way be seen a war with Islam or Muslims.

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The writer is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland and a journalist from Pakistan. He tweets @Hasanqau
Hasan.naser.qau@gmail.com

  • Gay lord

    The new legislation in Lombardy, which will come into force in the New Year, marks the first time an Italian region has explicitly outlawed Islamic face coverings.

    Current laws across Italy, dating back from the 1970s, already prohibit helmets, clothing or any other items that make identification difficult in public places.

    Simona Bordonali, head of security, civil protection and immigration in the populist region, said the “serious terror attacks” in recent months had forced them to tighten security measures.

    He added: “Whoever wants to enter a hospital in Lombardy must be recognisable and present themselves uncovered.. the burka [and the] niqab are therefore banned.”

    .

    It comes after the bloody November 13 atrocities in Paris, which saw people 130 people slaughtered by terrorists linked to the barbaric Islamic State.

  • rex minor5

    Hot Islamic face but Burka or niqab the Indian garment.
    The gay l should understand the security concerns of a country which is plagued with mafiosis.

    Rex minor

  • ROP – ROP

    Plight of Muslims in India!!

    They have to beg for blasphemer’s hanging. In Pakistan he would have been hanged by now.

  • Gay lord

    This is for Johnny, chamcha of Gandhi family. Read how his boss lies blatantly to defame RSS.
    ….

    On 14th December 2015 Rahul Gandhi made a statement that he wanted to go to a temple in Barpeta, Assam, but RSS people stopped him from entering the temple, he said that women members of RSS blocked his way to the temple so he had to go back. Assam CM Tarun Gogoi and his son and Loksabha MP Gaurav Gogoi also echoed those comments.
    .
    But the real incident is totally different. I am from Assam, and hail originally from the very same Barpeta town which Rahul Gandhi visited and this is what really happened:
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    Rahul Gandhi was on a 2 day visit of Assam, on 11th he attended several programs in Guwahati. On 12th he was scheduled to go to Barpeta, a historical town about 80 km west of Guwahati. He was to start a padyatra from Barpeta Satra, a Vaishnav Monastery established in 16th century, to a minority dominated place called Medhirtari around 4 km away, where a rally was organised. He was to visit the one of holiest and most revered Satra in Assam, offer his prayers and then start the padyatra, as told by the local organisers of Congress party.
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    Hearing this, hundreds of people had gathered outside the satra to have a glimpse of ‘yuvraj’, which included many women who were excited in anticipation of seeing Rahul Gandhi in person. The Burha Satradhikar (literally the Old Head of Monastery, means the senior head) Sri Basishtha Sarma was also waiting there to receive the VVIP guest, along with other people associated with the Satra. It was a normal festive mood we can see in small towns and villages hosting a VVIP guest.
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    This preparation was shown live on all the local TV channels, reporters were asking the mandatory ‘how are you feeling?’ question to people and everyone said they were there to see Rahul Gandhi, and were feeling proud that yuvraj will visit the satra in their town.No channel showed any dissenting voice. And no channel showed anyone blocking Rahul Gandhi, despite all channels being well prepared to cover the event.
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    But suddenly it was learned that Rahul Gandhi has already started the padyatra from one of the batsaraa (gateway located on all the approach roads to the satra, around 100 meters away) of the Satra, without entering the satra. The explanation given at that time was that Rahul Gandhi had not taken bath in the morning (yes, seriously they said this!!), he was not wearing a dhoti, and they were already late, and hence he didn’t enter the Satra. This was said by Congress MLA Chandan Sarkar. At that moment nobody said that anyone prevented them from going inside the satra. (wearing dhoti is not mandatory in the satra, people regularly go there wearing normal day to day dress, I have gone numerous times in shirt and trousers.)
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    But the real reason was that he was already late, as due to bad weather his helicopter was delayed from Guwahati, one of the two choppers was not available at last moment, and people had already gathered at the rally venue. Just two weeks ago, in a Congress rally people started leaving the ground even as CM Tarun Gogoi was giving his speech. He pleaded people to stop, offered to distribute blankets and yarns, in case the people had come in anticipation of that only as it is the norm of Congress rallies these days, but people still didn’t stay back. Obviously State leadership of Congress didn’t want a repeat of this in front of Rahul Gandhi, hence they avoided further delay by skipping this visit.This was confirmed by Assam Congress president Anjan Dutta in a press conference, where he mentioned that as they were already late and 50,000 people were waiting at rally, hence they decided to postpone the satra visit from morning to evening. But somehow they decided not to inform about this decision to people waiting at the satra. Obviously people waiting at rally were more important than people waiting at the satra.
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    Anyway, people waiting at the satra were visibly upset with this, and the vocal among them used the opportunity of already present TV crew. They said they felt the Satra, the Satradhikar and the people were insulted by Congress and Rahul Gandhi. It became a hot topic for TV channels also during the day. During the whole day nobody mentioned anything about Rahul Gandhi being blocked by anyone; instead people were outraging on his non visit. Later in the evening Rahul Gandhi along with CM Gogoi and Assam Congress president Anjan Dutta visited the satra on their way back, minus the enthusiastic crowd present in the morning.
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    But the criticism remained, and Congress realised that bath and delay theory didn’t work, after that Tarun Gogoi said that RSS people had stopped Rahul Gandhi. He added that satradhikaar Basishtha Sarma also informed him that he knows some RSS people are against the visit but from Satra everyone is welcome to visit. But speaking to media, Mr Basishta Sarma denied saying any such thing. He expressed dissatisfaction over CM lying about him and dragging him to politics congress party is trying to play over the incident. He also confirmed that nobody prevented Rahul Gandhi from entering the satra. The women who were present also denied association with RSS and reiterated they were there to see Rahul Gandhi only.
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    Going by all these, it is certain that the RSS blocking theory was invented later to deflect criticism of insult of Satra by Rahul Gandhi, and also trying to turn it into an opportunity to attack RSS. But chance of people buying into it is very low.
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    Note: An agenda of Rahul Gandhi’s Assam visit is circulating on Twitter which does not feature any temple visit. Actually this agenda was made days ago where even the venue of padyatra and the rally is also not mentioned. As there were 2-3 options for padyatra and evidently this agenda was prepared before finalising the venue. But once Barpeta was chosen for it, the Satra visit was included. It was well published in local media and there is no denying

  • tajender

    if rahul has spoken lie,take him to court.as per my experience rahul never speak lie.

  • tajender

    ranj se khoo-gar hua insaan to mit jataa hai ranj mushkilein mujh par padee’n itnee ke aasaan ho gayi’n #Ghalib

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  • saadhafiz

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/13-Dec-2015/a-deeper-malaise

    A deeper malaise by Saad Hafiz

    Despite repeated reports about the influx of ‘foreign’ fighters to its ranks, it is only a matter of time before Islamic State (IS) becomes irrelevant as a military force. But the extremist ideology and fanaticism that inspires its followers may prove far more difficult to eliminate. Historically, weird cults like IS have attracted adherents who live in a collective delirium. This acts as a sedative replacing thought and conscience. In this state, blind faith and folly obscure the superb God-given traits of logic, reason and intellect. This explains the mindless barbarism recently perpetrated on innocents in a concert hall, soccer game and developmental disability treatment centre.

    The broader question is why religious intolerance, political decay and deadly actions are rife in the Muslim world. The youth are increasingly becoming prone to falling into the grip of murderous factions and the forces of darkness. The string of horrific attacks in the name of Islam should spur a vociferous debate among Muslims. It is no longer sufficient to merely dismiss extremists as an aberration. The continued violence points to a deeper malaise within the world of Islam. We must not detract from the debate — that the root cause of the violence is a medieval and literalist interpretation of Islam. IS is promoting a false image of Islam but it is wrong to conclude that it has nothing to do with Islam. Misused perhaps but the Islamic concepts of martyrdom and jihad provide the justifications for violence. They infect the contemporary understanding of Islam. They overshadow peaceful Islamic teachings, such as the belief that taking a single human life is equivalent to killing the whole of mankind, that Islam is a religion of peace and that it is not only for Muslims but for all humans.

    Some analysts, though, insist that alienation and resentment, not religious beliefs, are the sources of this violence. They argue that the authoritarian rulers of Muslim states who have tried for decades to control Muslim teaching and application of sharia (Islamic law) have set off a violent reaction expressed in extremist religious ideas and language. Religion, they argue, was just a cover for anger at the dysfunctional Muslim states. They suggest that people who feel crushed or ignored pivot toward extremism, and they use religion because that is what they have readily at hand. It is true that many Muslim states have not delivered on promised economic benefits and political progress. This may account for a deep sense of resentment and frustration in Muslim societies. Also, irrational religious discourse flourishes as there is no room for reasoned debate in authoritarian Muslim states. The separation of mosque and state is required for political development to occur. Moreover, extremist religious leaders must be held accountable by the state for abetting radicalisation.

    Many Muslims blame western forces for creating and encouraging extremist proxies like IS as part of a ‘grand’ plan to impoverish, corrupt, subjugate and destroy the Muslim world. The prime motive cited for western hostility toward Muslims is opposition to the teachings of Islam. Other motives mentioned are the capture of wealth, lust for power, cultural condescension and sheer malice and hatred for Muslims. Conspiracy theories are pervasive, serving as a means of coping with unpleasant facts. They are an effective tool for deflecting blame and have been so used. By doing so, Muslims find solace in shrugging off responsibility and blaming their problems on the evils of the west. There is little hard evidence that the west is responsible for the death cults, the barbarisms and political putrefaction across the Muslim world but its policies and interventions have made Muslim countries less democratic, more unstable and brutal. Furthermore, western leaders who seek to gain political mileage from ‘Islamic terrorism’ are doing a great disservice to mankind.

    There is little doubt that defeating extremism and violence will require global effort. Western ‘agendas’ aside, terrorism and violent jihad will not end till Muslims start asserting their rational faculties. Keeping religion immune from criticism is both unwarranted and dangerous. Unless we are willing to expose religious irrationality whenever it arises, we will encourage irrational behaviour and promote ignorance over enlightenment for future generations. While condemning individuals we must also challenge the actions and ideas that drive them. The truth is that Islam is at conflict with itself. Muslims are divided as they try to reconcile the realities of the modern world with the fundamentals of the faith. Part of the solution is to sort out internal conflicts and figure out how to reconcile the literal exhortations of the faith with more objective ideas of reality, as established by reason, experimentation and common sense. Also, the predominance of narrow traditionalism over enlightened rationalism ought to end. It is hard to ignore the fact that myths, illusions, prejudice, ignorance and backwardness are part of Islam today. This requires that intellectual leadership in the Muslim world recover the ground lost to lethargy, dogmatism and backwardness. A new equilibrium between faith and reason, the spiritual and the temporal, between human and God is required.

  • Kamath.

    Saadh Hafiz: To be honest, I have run out of good words of praise for you for writing such a fine piece in DT. Hope you will continue and encourage others too.
    Khuda Hafiz

  • saadhafiz

    Thank you Kamath. Appreciate your feedback. Namaskar, Saad

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  • RHR

    Masadi

    What happened to your tall claims of leaving the site.
    Such a kid you are! Not being able to leave a site!

  • RHR

    And forget about me, if you are indeed a published and qualified professor, why are you not working?
    Why come to website, and abuse day in and day out?
    Apni shakal dekh.Darwin ke theory ke proof!
    Koi tujhe nokri tak naheen deta
    Even your dog is with you because you feed him.

    You just crack jokes and start laughing on them yourself. Pathetic

    Now I am expecting a typical monkey mujra from you in return 😀

  • Kamath.

    RHR: A note to you: I really appreciate your efforts in keeping PTH alive so that a some sort of vehicle is kept alive to discuss and exchange diverse view points related to S.Asia. But I sympathise with you because you seem to take all the responsibilities to the blog going!,
    Where are other celebrated persons such as YLH who seem to mind their business. B
    So don’t be side tracked by unpleasant posts and posters. Minimise your energy to edit or censor. When there are guidelines for posts, let posters follow rules Otherwise, Delete them.
    Spare your energy for the prime purpose for which you are in USA – completion of studies!

    So if you don’t have the time for editing and censorship of filthy posts, I suggest you you place a request on PTH,
    so that others can take that responsibility. , I am sure there are few atleast to do the job. .
    Good luck to RHR.
    WA Salaam!

  • Arzu

    Yes Indeed.. Masadi Bhai 🙂
    its always a pleasure to read you

  • johnny

    Gay lord says:
    December 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Please tell this to the voters in Punjab where elections are tobe held in March-2016. People there are waiting with garlands for SAD-BJP.

  • johnny

    btw, how many insults will you people will sufer to realise that you have lost the mandate and trust of the people.

  • Rex Minor

    Saad Haafiz says
    Keeping religion immune from criticism is both unwarranted and dangerous. Unless we are willing to expose religious irrationality whenever it arises, we will encourage irrational behaviour and promote ignorance over enlightenment for future generations. While condemning individuals we must also challenge the actions and ideas that drive them. The truth is that Islam is at conflict with itself.

    A load of crap! The man who is lost in understanding the creator and the devine commandments is no longer a believer and has been fully forecast and explained in Bible and Quraan alike. Neither bigotry nor viloence and certainly not shallow statements or commentaries will resolve the current conflicts in the world A dialogue and a culture of understanding and reconciliation among the civilised people of the world is the call of the day.

    Come back to the norms of the civilisation and stay away from the road to Phoenix, Saad Hafiz Sir!

    Rex Minor

  • saadhafiz

    Dr (of BS) Minor, without introspection how do you propose to bring about ” A dialogue and a culture of understanding and reconciliation among the civilised people of the world is the call of the day?”

  • Rex Minor

    Saad Hafiz,
    You must first learn the norms of civility before you expand on your reading of Islam and try to cage it in the satanic world.

    Rex Minor

  • dunkirk

    Is islam full of retards and like rex minor?
    It explains why islam will always remain a danger to those who are honest and peace-loving.

    The long-term result of islam will be the exermination of non-muslims. No matter what the muslim liberals think or say or do.

    Finalist idea lead to fascism and islam proves this.

    Now the saudis (who are the real rulers over Pakistan) are creating a 34 nation muslim army, supposedly to fight against terrorism.
    Actually that is an army for the ghazwa against non-muslims – but right now they are pretending that it is against terrorists.

  • masadi…my significant other is a human being. Yours is a canine.

  • Rex Minor

    NEW YORK:
    There is no evidence a married couple who killed 14 people in California this month were part of a terrorist cell, the head of the FBI said on Wednesday, echoing investigators’ views that the pair were inspired by, rather than organised by Islamic State.

    Islam is a religion for the faithful believers not an ideology, but Commune-ISM and all other ISMs are more or less ideologies which people practice.

    Rex Minor

  • …this is what you call ” PhD level ” interaction? No wonder you are unemployed, friendless and detested. well with the exception of your canine spouse. just be sure to keep it well fed cuz otherwise he has the same opinion of you as the rest of us. and oh hey! speaking of “whores”…have you an updated report on Malala, who according to you is becoming a miniskirt wearing, crak addicted prostitute?

  • hmmm. ok well my dear boy since you have no clue as to the extent of my educational background or area of expertise other than your magical power of guessing…please dont worry about my ability (or that of anyone else) to understand your “phd level” rants. we hear, we see, we understand exactly what you are and exactly how much you are incapable of accomplishing. poor little fool. tht college way out in midwest of usa that you were granted access to must be cringing with dismay and embarrassment that they actually allowed you to complete your little program. You are capable of being a schoolboy bully. nothing more. at age 40 plus thats really very pathetic. you need help son.

  • my manner of speech is surely evidence of my “illiteracy”! you seem to be unaware of the fact that posession of an undergraduate degree comes first and if one chooses, one goes on to earn further degrees yah? undergrad studies come first. in any case, pakia holds degrees in high esteem whether earned or purchased but in progressive countries, its all about what you DO and who you ARE and what you accomplish rather than how many years you spend as a schoolboy. Your attempts to have me reveal my full credentials are falling on deaf ears son, unlike you, i have no need to trumpet and whore myself proclaiming my profound intelligence and how many degrees I hold. sadly, your loud, repetitive trumpeting only serves to make you look even more the fool.
    so in addition to the whole malala crack whore prophesy, you prphesized also the arrest of hellfire, and verzie, the downfall of DBB, the deportation or myself (lol…a third generation american of european descent), having my children taken away by child protective services, arrest and deportation of verzie, owner of DBB (who i beleive is also a US citizen), downfall of DBB once you left and disintegratioon of “amreekkka”.

    hows that all working out for you man? haldol will help surely.

  • Rex Minor

    The following is the sample of Pakistan high Priest dialogue culture and my comments in Express Tribune,

    I will take revenge for every drop of your blood,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, addressing the victims directly.

    Neither shallow statements of revenge nor carpet bombing of the tribal land, are likely to restore peace among the people but a dialogue and the reconciliation course is the only path towards peace for all.

    Rex Minor

  • Pragmatic

    The Real Reason Donald Trump Will Win the Republican Nomination
    ….
    Donald Trump knows his audience. He is astoundingly talented when it comes to this one thing.

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    He knew his audience in the Manhattan business community when he rose to become an enormously successful real estate developer. He knew his audience when he gave NBC one of its biggest hits,The Apprentice, knowing exactly what people wanted, and delivering in droves. And now, in the Republican nomination race, he is the only candidate who has recognized, very honestly, the kind of audience he’s dealing with. And the bigoted, xenophobic rhetoric he is giving them is exactly what they want.

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    This deterioration of the GOP base is something the other candidates, and even media pundits, are still in denial about. That is why they’re losing. Trump is the only one who has recognized it, and he’s right. The proof is in the numbers. He has had a substantial lead in the polls for five straight months now, plus in every single state (although Cruz is now inching up in Iowa). Today, Trump’s lead is higher than ever.

    .

    But it isn’t Trump that is the issue. It’s his audience. And every time we or the media attack Trump, it emboldens and strengthens his schtick: “See? These clueless liberals and the mainstream media hate me! Are you with them? Or do you want to make America great again?” And inevitably, the crowd goes wild. This is his badge of honor.

    .

    Watch him in debates versus his stump speeches — he’s remarkably less combative and much more restrained. It’s the same when he’s on Meet the Press, or anything else with a national, bipartisan audience. He retains his brand, but appears much more measured about it.

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    Remember, this is a man who until recently was pro-choice, pro-single payer healthcare, and whose daughter is close friends with Hillary Clinton’s daughter. Watch how he effusively praised — praised — Hillary Clinton as recently as 2012, here.

    .

    Trump is an astute opportunist who is incredibly smart, recognizes his audiences, and plays to their ignorance — capitalizing on their anger, fears, and sense of victimization to further his political stature. It’s classic, dictionary-definition demagoguery. (There’s no comparison, of course, but this is exactly the kind of thing leaders like Hitler were so good at.) His victimhood-peddling allows him to disguise hate and prejudice as hope and justice for poor, anxious Americans.

    .

    What’s more concerning is that I’ve come across several liberals in the last few weeks who don’t like Trump, but support him because they feel the Democrats are in denial about Islamic terrorism, refusing to even name it. Sadly, this is true, and the Democratic leadership is largely to blame. The ex-radical Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz calls “The Voldemort Effect”: failing to name the problem makes it harder to fight it, and worse — this is key — fails to differentiate peaceful American moderate Muslims from radical jihadists. This is dangerous. If liberals had taken on this problem honestly and channeled the anxiety of the post-Paris/San Bernardino public from a position of moral strength, Trump would’ve been less able to jump in and channel it from a position of xenophobic bigotry.

    .

    Here’s what Trump wrote in his book, The Art of the Deal, back in 1987:

    …..

    “The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts. People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.”
    And:

    …..

    “One thing I’ve learned about the press is they’re always hungry for a good story, and the more sensational, the better. It’s in the nature of the job, and I understand that. The point is that if you are a little different, or a little outrageous, or if you do things that are bold or controversial, the press is going to write about you.”
    (More Trumpian wisdom from his book that you’ll undoubtedly recognize is collected here.)

    The electorate for the general election will be completely different. Trump knows, and has proven time and time again, that people today don’t seem to care when politicians blatantly switch positions, as long as they do it with a lot of confidence and bravado. So, even in the general election, you will see people fall for it. If Trump gets the nomination, which is now more likely than ever, watch him completely change course and adjust to his new audience.

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    There is a slightly positive side to this for liberals: Trump is the only GOP candidate who is likely to move a bit to the left once he’s in front of a general election audience. After all, he did hold several liberal positions until a few years ago. This is not something you can expect as reliably from a Cruz, or even a Rubio. Both men seem infinitely more reasoned and well-mannered, but make no mistake: they hold positions that are just as extreme, if not more, than those of Trump; and they’re more likely to hold on to them.

    .

    It’s still very unlikely Trump can win the general election. But how many seriously thought he had any real shot at winning the primary, or even holding such a substantial, steadily increasing lead over fifteen of the GOP’s supposedly best and brightest candidates for five straight months — in both national and state polling across the United States?

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    Be skeptical, but be cautiously skeptical: the more this man is attacked by liberals and the media, and the more he angers the mainstream with his outlandish statements, the more his lead grows. His audience thrives on the you-and-me-against-the-world rhetoric, and we are giving it to them. We are all Donald Trump’s oxygen, and he knows it.

    ..

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi/the-real-reason-donald-tr_b_8820192.html?ir=India&adsSiteOverride=in

  • Pragmatic

    Big Mo Made False Claim Of His Lineage With Israelite Patriarch Abraham Ishmael To Get Jew Christian Converts: Lies Didn’t Work Got Humiliation

  • tajender
  • Pragmatic

    While some are ready to label Shashi Tharoor as a statesman, the slimy hack is indulging in anti-India subterfuge.
    ..
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/video/2015/dec/16/narendra-modi-war-on-muslims-destroying-indias-reputation-shashi-tharoor-video?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet
    ..
    Shashi Tharoor tries to create international perception that Modi govt is engaging in a war against Indian Muslims. I am sure he understands what raising imaginary ‘Muslims under threat in India’ propaganda in non-Indian media means. India’s sitting MP is basically inciting Jihadi terrorism to come attack India by lying that Muslims in India are threatened.
    This is an act of treason. High treason while in a public office.
    Extremely despicable.

  • tajender
  • Pragmatic

    Malala Yousafzai on Trump: His rhetoric “will radicalize more terrorists”

    I don’t understand, why is everybody else responsible for ‘their’ radicalization? Don’t they have any sense of their own?

  • Pragmatic
  • Rex Minor

    Pragmatic,

    I don’t understand, why is everybody else responsible for ‘their’ radicalization? Don’t they have any sense of their own?

    I have a lot of tolerence and patience too and I hate violence as well, but if you were to abuse me once and then aga shall be tempted to thump you and thum you hard. This is what Malala means. It is the bigots and the raciasts who redicalise the youth with their diabolic statements and political posturing. Be pragmatic and no harm will come your way. Mr Trump will be met with wrotten eggs and foul tomatoes in Europe.

    Rex Minor

  • Rex Minor

    Pragmatic has now taken over from Mohan to paste and post;

    All schools shut down in a Virginia county over Islam homework assignment.

    The Virginians are usualy sober people because of prohibition and need no lessons in geography but in history, when their great General Lee surrendered!

    Rex Minor

  • haroon
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  • haroon

    peshwas of poona always looted shankaracharya temples whenever in need of money.

  • haroon
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  • haroon

    rhr bhai mohan bhai kahan hain.i and whole blog miss him.