September 2, 2008

A Little Optimism

Don't miss Bret Stephens' lead essay from the new issue of Commentary.

Looking back at Huntington's Clash of Civilizations, Stephens retraces some of the history of Islam, noting that the strife in the Muslim world, then as now, has not been just between the Muslim world and the West, but within the Muslim world, with as much if not more violence and savagery visited upon Muslims as upon non-Muslims.

Stephens charts the decline of al Qaeda's fortunes, a function both of U.S. military and counter-terrorism successes, and the growing distaste of regular Muslims for their brutality and radicalism. He contrasts the popularity and influence of al Qaeda in the Muslim world following 9/11 with their status today, and invites the reader to imagine what that perception and influence might be today had the United States not confronted them seven years ago. Pack a lunch.

Posted by dan at September 2, 2008 5:43 PM