Why we must focus on Islamism, not Islam

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Daniel Pipes ~ What motives lay behind last month’s Boston Marathon bombing and would-be attack on a VIA Rail Canada train?

Leftists and establishmentarians variously offer imprecise and tired replies — such as “violent extremism” or anger at Western imperialism — unworthy of serious discussion. Conservatives, in contrast, engage in a lively and serious debate among themselves: some say Islam the religion provides motive, others say it’s a modern extremist variant of the religion, known as radical Islam or Islamism.

As a participant in the latter debate, here’s my argument for focusing on Islamism.