Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Use of Reasoned Debate and Jihadi's Doesn't Quite Compute In My Mind

In an opinion piece Bernard Haykel (Assoc. Professor of Islamic Studies at NYU) says:
The West needs to understand that reasoned debates take place within jihadi circles and that such reasoning can change minds. <..snip..>

THE West should refrain from interfering in this evolving debate. Western governments should not shut down jihadi Web sites or expel the movement's dissenters, many of whom reside in the West or write from prisons in the Middle East. Rather, they should allow this process to take its course. <..snip..>

Terminal Debate - New York Times

After doing a search on Haykel it appears he is seen as a voice of reason for Islam and often was referenced with the Flight 93 Memorial. But his opinion here is ludicrous. We should leave jihadi web sites alone? We should not expel jihadi's from our country? I don't buy that a jihadi is capable of reasoned debate first of all. These are people who chop off heads! This Haykel is telling us these same people are capable of reasoned debate? Nope, not drinkin' his koolaid here. I don't think there is a way to change the thinking of jihadis except through killing them.

h/t Lucianne

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