Sunday, July 31, 2005

From "Tyranny and Utopia" by Charles H. Fairbanks

The Bolshevik taste for the absolute-for Utopia and violence-seems far distant now in the West that gave it birth. But it has reappeared within the Islamic world. The recreation of a universal Caliphate, which ceased to rule all Muslim lands about the year 800, has become a wide-spread demand of radical Islamic groups from Morocco to Central Asia-a demand as abstract and utopian as Communism itself. In pursuit of such aims a cult of death as pitiliess as Stalin's has gained widespread ascendancy over radical Muslims. The war against this style of tyranny demands the same energies, and meets with the same Western equivocations, as the war against Stalinism.


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