News and Analysis (7/9/07)

Washington Post editorial sees US policy towards Musharraf as “dangerously shortsighted” and paradoxical by continuing to support an autocratic but ineffective ruler who tolerates religious extremism more than the development of civil society:

“…probably the only way forward in the Middle East is for Israel and Hamas to start to come to terms with each other, however provisionally, while accepting that Hamas’s formal recognition of Israel, and Western acceptance of Hamas, will come at the end rather than the beginning of the process.” – Jackson Diehl, Washington Post columnist

“In the beginning, the state cared only about regulating the big mosques… It wanted to establish a very mainstream, noncritical Islam. But those with different ideas began to turn toward the zawiya…”–Saad Eddin Ibrahim, a sociologist and human rights activist

Despite terror attack, healthy relations remain between Muslims and non-Muslims because of Scotland’s Muslims’ successful integration into society:

In an effort to gain greater support of Iraqi Sunnis, leader of so-called Islamic State in Iraq taps into sectarian sentiments and threatens war with Iran unless it stops support of Iraqi Shi’a:

With bi-partisan support emerging in the Senate for Iraq withdrawal, greater policy debate within White House emerge:


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.

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