The Problem with Islam Is Aggressive Scripture, Not Aggressive ‘Traditionalism’ by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY – On the Corner this week, the eminent Jim Talent touted (with some reservations) an essay about “moderate Islam” by Cheryl Bernard. A Rand Institute researcher, she is also a novelist, a defender of war-ravaged cultures, and the wife of Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to post-Taliban (or is it pre-Taliban?) Afghanistan.
With due respect to Dr. Bernard, who does much heroic work, I believe the essay highlights what is wrong with Western academic analysis of Islam.
The problem comes into focus in the very title of Senator Talent’s post, “Aggressive Traditionalism.” That is the attribute of Islamic societies that Dr. Bernard blames for the frustration of her high hopes for “moderate Islam.” In truth, however, the challenge Islam poses for moderation is not its tradition; it is Islamic doctrine — the scriptural support for traditional sharia and Islamic supremacist ideology. – Aggressive Traditionalism by JIM TALENT
Former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan suspected of laundering $1.5million through wife’s bank account By ASSOCIATED PRESS – A former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan was being investigated by U.S. authorities for suspected money laundering through his wife’s bank account.
The suspicions center on Zalmay Khalilzad’s alleged transfer of $1.5 million in May 2013 to an account in Vienna owned by Cheryl Benard. State prosecutor Thomas Vecsey on Monday confirmed a report by the Austrian magazine Profil but declined to give details.
‘Moderate Islam’ Isn’t Working | The National Interest By Cheryl Benard – Over the past decade, the prevailing thinking has been that radical Islam is most effectively countered by moderate Islam. The goal was to find religious leaders and scholars and community ‘influencers’—to use the lingo of the counter-radicalization specialists—who could explain to their followers and to any misguided young people that Islam is a religion of peace, that the term jihad refers mainly to the individual’s personal struggle against temptation and for moral betterment, and that tolerance and interfaith cooperation should prevail.
The presence of local Muslim luminaries, taking the lectern to announce that what had just happened bore no relation to true Islam, has become part of the ritual following any terrorist incident in a Western country. – Austrian court unfreezes accounts of ex-envoy Zalmay Khalilzad’s wife Brian Bennett – The Problem with Islam Is Aggressive Scripture, Not Aggressive ‘Traditionalism’ by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY!!!