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Born: 1949-09-09
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up.

Tags: End, Giving, Peace

Again and again, when Westerners are perceived as denigrating Muhammad, the Koran, or Islam, Islamists demonstrate, riot or kill.

Tags: Again, Islam, Riot

Nothing in the constitutions of Western states requires them to get involved in every foreign conflict.

Tags: Conflict, Foreign, Involved

Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.

Tags: Compromise, Either, Insult

You can't just read the Koran to understand Muslim life. You have to look at history, at personalities, at economics, and so on.

Tags: History, Life, Understand

Any Westerner can now buy a Koran for a dollar and burn it, while any Muslim with a platform can transform that act into a fighting offense. As passions rise on both sides of the divide, Western provocateurs and Islamist hotheads have found each other, as confrontations occur with increasing frequency.

Tags: Both, Fighting, While

I draw a distinction between traditional Islam and Islamism. Islamism emerged in its modern form in the 1920s and is driven by a belief that Muslims can be strong and rich again if they follow the Islamic law severely and in its entirety. This is a response to the trauma of modern Islam.

Tags: Islam, Law, Strong

In the long term, the United States could greatly benefit Islam by uniquely freeing the religion from government constraints and permitting it to evolve in a positive, modern direction. But that's the long term.

Tags: Government, Positive, Religion

My career divides in two: before and after 9/11. In the first part I was trying to show that Islam is relevant to political concerns. If you want to understand Muslims, I argued, you need to understand the role of Islam in their lives. Now that seems obvious.

Tags: Career, Islam, Political

So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: Display the Muhammad cartoon daily, until the Islamists become accustomed to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.

Tags: Become, Daily, Fact

The Israelis are very smart about politics and strategy, but there are a few exceptions. One is Lebanon, the other is Gaza, where they were completely inept.

Tags: Few, Politics, Smart

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