Daniel Pipes: What Antidote to Radical Islam?

Murat Yetkin, editor-in-chief of Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News.

“Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution” has been my watchword since 2002, meaning that Islam’s many problems will only be solved when Muslims leave Islamism, an attempt to regress to a medieval model, and favor a modern, moderate, and good-neighborly version of their faith.

Plenty of people disagree with this analysis, but no one offered an alternate solution. Now, Murat Yetkin editor-in-chief of the Hürriyet Daily News in Turkey has done so in a recent column, “Antithesis of radical Islam is not moderate Islam, it is secularism.”

He finds my solution old and discredited: “As radical Islamist movements started to emerge, politicians in the West … tried to recruit ‘moderates’,” building them up “without realizing or bothering to understand that they would become the new radicals.” Yetkin locates this pattern variously in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, Iraq, and Syria.

The real antithesis of radical Islam, he posits, is not moderate Islam, but rather “separating state affairs from religion.” Secularists, the West can rest assured, won’t turn against it. Calling for a revival of Atatürk’s secularism, Yetkin approves of a recent speech by Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu urging Muslims to adopt secularism as”the antidote to terror”…

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  • FactsWillOut

    Yes.
    Secularism like Saddam, Mubarak, Assad, like Turkey used to have.
    These savages MUST be kept under an Iron Fist.

    That being said, Islam=Sharia=Jizya, etc.
    Pipes is full of shit, as I have already mentioned over a year ago.

    • DD_Austin

      They need to go the way of the dodo, with help

      Pipes has been on the academia gravy train for life, with an “arts” “doctorate” never worked a day in his life and has no gasp of what facts are or their meaning.

      We’ve had these elite university welfare bums dispensing bad expert opinion for years, helped along by the government and the MSM and we can see the results. It’s time we dispensed with giving respect to those who have earned none, university doctorates especially in the “arts” are worth shit, and are earned by nepotism, blow jobs and bribes.

      “Dr” Pipes isn’t the only one full of shit, the entire university system is full
      of Dr. Shitheads Phd*

      * Parasitic handout dependant

  • bob e

    absolutely correct frau. what is this guy pipes really tryin’ ta’ prove.. ??

  • Mohammed Zuqzdiq

    ” to adopt secularism as”the antidote to terror”…”
    Fine by me.

  • canminuteman

    The solution to islam is to keep it in the “muslim world”. Don’t let muslims live in the civilized world and they can slaughter each other until the cows come home in the middle east and it is of no concern to me.