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Muslim deviance and the slough of ignorance

By Jonathan Power  

Once again the CIA and MI6 are publishing dire warnings of the vitality of al Qaeda. Once again the Islamic world as a whole is being tarnished by association. US presidential contender John McCain is saying that America needs a leadership to confront the transcendent challenge of our time: the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. And the words still ring in our ears from Samuel Huntington’s treatise, The Clash of Civilizations, the book that in many ways triggered this paranoia that infects the politicians, the press and the public discourse. The underlying problem for the west is not Islamic fundamentalism,…

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