An idea is a point of departure and no more. As soon as you elaborate it, it becomes transformed by thought.Pablo Picasso
Daniel Pipes is a historian and an expert--particularly regarding the political affairs of the Middle East.
- There is no problem with Islam itself or with the Muslims, but these are difficult times, and the difficulty stems from radical Islam.
- To me, every fundamentalist Muslim, no matter how peaceable in his own behavior, is part of a murderous movement and is thus, in some fashion, a foot soldier in the war that bin Laden has launched against civilization.
- Bin Laden Is a Fundamentalist - Daniel Pipes.
- Even as the nation monitors the Muslim world within its borders more closely for signs of Islamism, it must continue, of course, to protect the civil rights of law-abiding American Muslims. Political leaders should regularly and publicly distinguish between Islam, the religion of Muslims, and Islamism, the totalitarian ideology. In addition, they should do everything in their power to make sure that individual Muslims, mosques, and other legal institutions continue to enjoy the full protection of the law. A time of crisis doesn’t change the presumption of innocence at the core of our legal system. Police should provide extra protection for Muslims to prevent acts of vandalism against their property or their persons.
- Fighting Militant Islam, Without Bias, City Journal, Autumn 2002.
- Israelis must be encouraged to defeat the Palestinians.
- There is no escaping the unfortunate fact that Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military, and the diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism, as do Muslim chaplains in prisons and the armed forces. Muslim visitors and immigrants must undergo additional background checks. Mosques require a scrutiny beyond that applied to churches, synagogues, and temples. Muslim schools require increased oversight to ascertain what is being taught to children.
- Jerusalem Post, Jan 22, 2003. p. 9.
- Anti-Islamist Muslims - who wish to live modern lives, unencumbered by burqas, fatwas and violent visions of jihad - are on the defensive and atomized. However eloquent, their individual voices cannot compete with the roar of militant Islam's determination, money (much of it from overseas) and violence. As a result, militant Islam, with its West-phobia and goal of world hegemony, dominates Islam in the West and appears to many to be the only kind of Islam.
- Voices of Islam, New York Post, September 23, 2003.
- The increased stature, and affluence, and enfranchisement of American Muslims...will present true dangers to American Jews.
- Speech to the American Jewish Congress October 21, 2001 .
- Israel needs to take more active steps... Bury suicide bombers in potter's fields rather than deliver their bodies to relatives (who turn their funerals into frenzied demonstrations)…Permit no transportation of people or goods beyond basic necessities. Shut off utilities to the PA... Raze the PA's illegal offices in Jerusalem, its security infrastructure and villages from which attacks are launched.
- National Post, July 18, 2001.
- Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene ... All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.
- National Review, November 19, 1990.
- All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.