Stephen Schwartz is a man of vision and courage. He is a muslim american patriot who cares about his faith and his country. We make a severe mistake when many of us assume CAIR seaks for every Muslim.
Many of us assumed that Communist terror in Western Europe would last forever. However, Schwartz points out the Red Army groups folded after a combined effort of cutting off the funds, police work and divide and conquer.
Hezbollah and the Taliban derive their money from heroin as well as from familiar Saudi sources. Are we prepared to apply defoliants agressively to kill the source of financing. Are we prepared to use the big stick policy on Saudi Arabia?
Shwartz does miss a minor point about Utopianism and Cult dynamics. The variant of Islam Schwartz embodies is a cosmopolitan variety. Yet the radicals envision a form of totalitarian hegemony. A true theocracy ( not advocated by Schwartz) must be totalitarian on a day to day basis. Can a variant of a Utopian cult accept being part of a larger whole.
Utopians by natire think that as possesors of a divine wisdom their actions serve a higher purpose. The mindset often includes a supreme leader who is treated as almost divine or as the representative of God on earth. This allows the supreme leader to violate all norms of humanity and decent behavior.
Ultimately we may under estimate the importance of the Charisma factor. Taking out the very top leaders creates power struggles that benefit us. Middle managers may be replaceable but cult like figures are not replaced quickly.
Beamish in 08