Agonizing over the true Islam

Some charter member of the political correctness brigade is probably sitting in a Starbucks right now arguing that the three men arrested in New York City Wednesday for allegedly trying to join ISIS and attack Coney Island just had “economic grievances” that were likely to end in “workplace violence.” That’s how twisted the way we talk about terror and religion has become.

One would think it takes a particular lack of worldliness to argue that there’s not much Islamic about the Islamic State. That’s why it’s troubling to read the New York Times’ globetrotting everyman Thomas Friedman do almost that in a column last week. All the more so because he’s usually no Pollyanna on the topic – repeatedly calling for an Islamic reformation over the past decade and reminding readers this January that “there is a huge amount of ambivalence toward this whole jihadist phenomenon — more than any of us would like to believe — in the Arab-Muslim world, Europe and America.”

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  • Minicapt

    Someone rather overestimates the intellectual capabilities and outputs of Mr Thomas Friedman NYT. But then his assignment is to be less silly than Mlle Dowd, and at times he is successful.
    Mr Furey’s cite of Mr Friedman denudes his column of gravitas.

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