Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Democracy for what?

Daniel Pipes has an article today that echos what I said last week: democracy isn't enough. The threat of Islam (or Islamism in Pipes' terminology) has not gone away but may only have found a peaceful way of comming to power. Is this what the Neo-Conservatives what ... the so-called self-determination (as the left sees it) to establish an Islamic theocracy? Pipes warns that we can't stop here.

This is an ideological war, first and foremost. And we have yet to start on that front. Instead we hope that by osmosis and mimicry they will establish a liberal order. Might we not tell them what reason and liberty are? And how are they to understand if we don't contrast that with Islam, jihad, faith, duty and submission?