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in severalrallies Israel thisweek, has better grasp of Middie East politics most Western experts, well as some than as
.1The main threat in the Middle East is revolutionary We advancement cannot be the main priority. and career Islamism, and the United States must combat it. surrenliveat time when governmentsand intellectuals Islamism includes: Iran, Syria, Hezbollah der at the merest hint of being called names or faced with Revolutionary Hamas (governing Gaza the threats of violence. Lebanon), (largely controlling and Strip), the Muslim Brotherhood as well as al-Qaida .9We must reevaluate friendsand enemies in this new era and, more the Itis Islamism and postMarxist leftism. subtly, regimegoverning urkey. an ide- of revolutionary T hostileto the West, the United States and In the past, ologyinnately ]ews often saw conservatives and religious Israel.tcannot be bought I offor moderated. Revolutionary Christians as threats. But we're no longer the ninein w Islamistsilleithertake over the Middle East or be defeatteenth or even the twentieth centuries. Conservatives ed. and Christians aren't drooling convert, kill, use to or .2The problem not Islam as is but on the apocalypse. While doing everyreligion revolutionary Jews to bring that Islamism as to and social democpolitical ideology draws on normative thingpossible work with liberals

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Islam to produce own its plausible interpretation. While falsely accused of "Islamophobia," Beck has cordrawn the distinction between Islam and revolurectly Islamism. Those claiming Islam is "a religion of tionary drawn from itstexts, as peace"miss the radicalism easily well as the large and growing Islamist forces. Those Islam is inherently extremist miss most of its claiming actual history and the tremendous battle going on among Muslims. .3 The revolutionary Islamistside is winning. the past In Islamism has advanced in Egypt, the year, revolutionary Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Turkey, potentially Libya, and Syria,
and Tunisia.

must understand whatever our personal political views that Israeland the Jewishpeoplehave new set of allies. With religion Why have these groups changed? imperiled in the West, they view Jewsas fellow believersrather than

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as in pastanti-Semitism corrosive atheistsand Jesuskillers. of the nationThey see Israelas an embodiment state, and admire its to defend itself, ratherthan conability

subversivesand cowardjews sidering to be cosmopolitan Rather Western J ly pacifists. than viewing ews as imperiling civilization, as the theyview Israel facing same enemies have today. they
.01 Whatever mistakes the United States has made, itis and the hope of the world. good country are for Many peopleeverywhere yearning America to revive itself, changethe current administration'spolicies, define friends and enemies, and take leadership properly once internationally again. one can make of Beck pales comparison in Any criticism to all the above points, which he isquite of on correct. But then,
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contains many dangers. Spring" The unqualified Western enthusiasm for the "Arab the threat of growing Islamistpower. Spring" ignores Those of us who warned in about beginning January the Brotherhood' radicalism were ridiculed, fact that itsevery statement for decades has Even now, proven this point. many are in denial about the Brotherhood becoming Egypt's strongestsingle and thus critical n writing i the country's new conparty, stitution. The regime that emerges might not be Islamistbut will be radical,anti-American, and dangerhostile toward Israel. ously .5 Israel to just happens be largely and deserves supright Israel has been in Zone" situation.Eighport. "Twilight teen years ago, Israel took tremendous risk for peace by the despite Muslim

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The writeris director the Global Research in International of Affairs (GLORIA)Center. He is featured columnist at PjM and editor (http://pajamasmedia.com/barryrubin/) of the Middle East Review of Internationalffairs A (MERIA) Journal.

www.gloria-center.org

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