I attended Mr. Pipes’ talk on Thursday. The mood was set by the police in the lobby and one standing guard in the auditoriun during the presentation. His talk focused on Muslims taking over the world and subjecting all of us to Shria law. This is an unlikely outcome. Not all Muslim activists have the above goal. According to wifes of Al Qaeda fighters, in Afganistan, they are fighting against the West’s taking Muslim land and killing Muslims and supporting those (Israel) who do.
Palestinian Arabs I spoke to in Jordan and Syria want acknowledgement/compansation for their parents having been violently expelled from their homes in the land now called Israel and never being allowed to return. Those in the West Bank want a Palestinian state, an end to the 42 year oppressive Israeli occupation, an end to confiscation of their land to build settlements and the separation wall, the right to go on their farm land and not be attacked by Jewish settlers, freedom of movement, jobs, etc. Yes, Hamas does want a Muslim state, but only about 5 % of Palestinians go along with that.
The Mullahs in Iran want to stay in control and keep the majority of the oil and natural gas money for themselves. Their days are numbered. They know their reign will end as they have been putting money in European banks I was told during my time there. Iranians do like American culture, but make no mistake they remember how we overthrew their democratic government in 1953, supported Iraq’s invasion of their country and the 8 year war that followed and the oppressive sanctions we have against them.
Pipes sees one Muslim view point when there are many. This is not the thinking of an intelligent person, but that of a peddler of fear who has an agenda to preserve Israel as a Jewish majority state. So why then would it be so wrong for Muslims, who are being killed everyday by US bombs and Israeli soldiers, to want to have their own state?