“Is Islam an inherently violent religion?” asks Zakaria and answers predictably.
Islam is innocent and so is America’s foreign policy (Zakaria is a neoconservative interventionist).
It’s not theology, it’s politics. Radical Islam is the product of the broken politics and stagnant economics of Muslim countries. They have found in radical religion an ideology that lets them rail against the modern world, an ideology that is now being exported to alienated young Muslims everywhere — in Europe, and even in some rare cases in the United States.
How can we bring an end to this?
This collectivist (Zakaria is an immigrant from India) uses his considerable reach to agitate for yet more involvement and sacrifice on the part of Americans, audacious ruling out anything but this:
There’s really only one way: Help the majority of Muslims fight extremists, reform their faith, and modernize their societies. In doing so, we should listen to those on the front lines, many of whom are fighting and dying in the struggle against jihadis. The hundreds of Muslim reformers I’ve spoken to say their task is made much harder when Western politicians and pundits condemn Islam entirely, demean their faith, and speak of all Muslims as backward and suspect
Trump has it right. See “Wrong, Donald Trump, Islam Loves Us … To Bits.”