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" Again and again, when Westerners are perceived as denigrating Muhammad, the Koran, or Islam, Islamists demonstrate, riot or kill. "
" Any Westerner can now buy a Koran for a dollar and burn it, while any Muslim with a platform can transform that act into a fighting offense. As passions rise on both sides of the divide, Western provocateurs and Islamist hotheads have found each other, as confrontations occur with increasing frequency. "
" In the long term, the United States could greatly benefit Islam by uniquely freeing the religion from government constraints and permitting it to evolve in a positive, modern direction. But that's the long term. "
" My career divides in two: before and after 9/11. In the first part I was trying to show that Islam is relevant to political concerns. If you want to understand Muslims, I argued, you need to understand the role of Islam in their lives. Now that seems obvious. "
" Nothing in the constitutions of Western states requires them to get involved in every foreign conflict. "
" Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not. "
" You can't just read the Koran to understand Muslim life. You have to look at history, at personalities, at economics, and so on. "
" So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: Display the Muhammad cartoon daily, until the Islamists become accustomed to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger. "
" The Israelis are very smart about politics and strategy, but there are a few exceptions. One is Lebanon, the other is Gaza, where they were completely inept. "
" Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up. "