Comments: Panaceas?

"advances the rather odd thesis that it's not moderate Muslims but the more militant believers who are most likely to play the key role in this."

Careful. He doesn't say "militant."

Posted by praktike at March 4, 2005 10:31 AM

You sure? How do you read this paragraph?

Most hope gradual political reform will abate the anti-Americanism that is commonplace throughout the region. Moderate Muslims need to be nourished so they may triumph over the militants and holy warriors. But moderate Muslims are not likely the solution to bin Ladenism. Just the opposite: Those who have hated the United States most—Shiite clerics and Sunni fundamentalists—hold the keys to spreading democracy among the faithful.
Posted by Bill at March 4, 2005 10:47 AM

"Those who have hated the United States most—Shiite clerics and Sunni fundamentalists—hold the keys to spreading democracy among the faithful."

agree with prak, "hating the United States" doesnt translate into militant. Thouhg of course theres some overlap...I am intrigued by the premise. If you come acrss a review, do let me know..

Posted by Aziz at March 4, 2005 02:41 PM

Well, I weighed the word choice pretty carefully. I think the key is the second sentence, where moderates are contrasted with militants, then in the following sentence, it's argued that it's not the moderates, but their opposite (those who have hated the United States most) who hold the key -- I assumed the reference is back to militants, but I may be wrong...

Posted by Bill at March 4, 2005 11:47 PM