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    Clerical role in Salafi jihad

    As I explain here: https://politicalviolenceataglance.org/2017/11/29/societal-factors-behind-the-explosive-growth-of-salafi-jihadist-groups/, countering clerical influence will form the basis for...
  2. Sharia as a platform for jihad in Britain

    "The significant support for sharia among the younger generation of British Muslims and the spreading of Wahhabism in the United Kingdom has two consequences: One, clerics find themselves in an...
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    Omar, in my view the situation in Pakistan needs...

    Omar, in my view the situation in Pakistan needs to be viewed very differently.

    I have proposed that by popularizing a self-serving narrative of sharia, clerics have, by and large, created the...
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    Indeed. Any attempt to "Modi"fy Pakistan has to...

    Indeed. Any attempt to "Modi"fy Pakistan has to first start with neutering Pakistan-Saudi axis' attempts to create multiple Pakistans within India itself.

    As discussed (and now confirmed in this...
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    The key really is not to let the problem get to...

    The key really is not to let the problem get to this stage, and since it has, understand its ideological basis, and neutralize it at that level. This because the above rhetoric in reality is hardly...
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    I couldn't agree more with just about everything...

    I couldn't agree more with just about everything you said.

    If I were Mr. Modi, I would put it along these lines: Any form of ideological indoctrination that discourages citizens from embracing...
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    Public statements by Western high officials about...

    Public statements by Western high officials about the need to focus away from Mr. Modi's purported acts or in acts in 2002 Gujarat riots and directives to the State Dept. etc to do the same are among...
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    You are so correct about the past. I wrote an...

    You are so correct about the past. I wrote an article about 10 years ago titled "Slaves, Servants and Rulers." The Indian society now has a ruling class that can and will assert itself. Mr. Modi, I...
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    David: In every census since India was born...

    David:

    In every census since India was born the governments tracked religion, except the last one in 2011. That's for a good reason; the Muslim population percentage is said to be surging forward...
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    I am afraid that your premise is flawed. Poll...

    I am afraid that your premise is flawed. Poll after poll (in Pakistan, the UK and elsewhere) have shown that in regions where radicalism is prevalent, educated, resourced and radicalized Muslims form...
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    You are putting words in my mouth. I am not even...

    You are putting words in my mouth. I am not even remotely suggesting anything along these lines. No one in their right mind would slaughter civilians when they, too, are victims of radicals.

    I can...
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    Please permit me to give you a backdrop: From...

    Please permit me to give you a backdrop:

    From every Muslim majority region of South Asia most non-Muslims have been forcibly converted, killed or driven away to India. Many non-Muslim Indians are...
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    What constitute American interests are subjected...

    What constitute American interests are subjected to how the US establishment comes to understand the world we all live in. And this is where the problem starts for America (and others).

    There are...
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    These are very good questions that touch the very...

    These are very good questions that touch the very heart of why the US's plans are unexplainable (actually at all levels).

    Although I have some ideas on why this is the case, I am respectfully...
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    Carl, that's an easy one. I do think that...

    Carl, that's an easy one.

    I do think that instead of merely responding to Pakistan's belligerence, the new govt. will methodically work to defang Pakistan. I do believe there exists political as...
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    Taming Pakistan: Modi Effect

    As author of Defeating Political Islam: The New Cold War, I have spent over 15 years thinking about the threat Pakistan poses to itself and the larger world. Admittedly, being originally from India,...
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    David, I suspect that the history is repeating...

    David, I suspect that the history is repeating itself.

    At this time Pakistan is embarking on a massive buildup of Plutonium based nukes. These compact nukes are versatile and dangerous. To my...
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    No Pakistan policy

    Omar, without first understanding why Pakistan behaves the way it does, your question may not be answered.

    The policy-makers have to rely on political scientists such as the likes of Christine...
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    Chris Fair's Flawed Book

    Well, I am the one who wrote the review and gave the rating. Here's my review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1EQTVWSDJJN38

    The explained reason why this book failed in its primary purpose is...
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    Our Expertise on Pakistan is not up to Snuff

    Perhaps.

    However, the real overlooked point is that, arguably, Pakistan has been able to get away for decades because the U.S.-based expertise on Pakistan hasnít been up to snuff.
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    Preventing AQ expansion: a strategy needed?

    Jmm99 & Carl

    Thank you for the kind comments.

    I want to posit a new paradigm that I believe will help us safely navigate the threat of radical Islam (and beyond): If a social phenomenon has a...
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    Calm Before Storm?

    The author of this article, Praveen Swami, has overlooked the strategic aims of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia backed Islamists in South Asia.

    These Islamists, such as Pakistani intelligence backed...
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    Calm Before Storm?

    The author of this article, Praveen Swami, has overlooked the strategic aims of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia backed Islamists in South Asia.

    These Islamists, such as Pakistani intelligence backed...
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