May 22, 2007

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ: “Muslims are not silent in the face of radicalism, extremism, and other ideologies that support terrorism from within the ranks of the Islamic global community, or umma. But Western mainstream media – the MSM – have proven unwilling or incapable of reporting to Western audiences on the personalities embodying the Islamic “counter-jihad,” the principles that impel them, or the daily facts of their struggle. When the battle for the mosque is invoked, it is too often done so by commentators who have no idea how this battle shapes up, where its fronts are located, or who represents each trend. . . . But the burgeoning fear of Islam in the West feeds the appeal of radicalism among Muslims, both inside and outside the Islamic world. Western media could play a significant role in alleviating the threat of a ‘clash of civilizations.'” I think that’s right.

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