September 03, 2002
Fareed Zakaria Thinks the Islamic Fundamentalist Moment Has Passed

Fareed Zakaria argues that the Islamic Fundamentalists' moment has passed--that people recognize that "Islamic fundamentalism has no real answers to the problems of the modern world; it has only fantasies." But he also thinks that "the new generation is just as angry, rebellious and bitter" as "he youth of the 1970s and 1980s, who came from villages into cities and took up Islam as a security blanket." This, however, does not necessarily seem to me to be good news. If they are "angry, rebellious, and bitter," what do they think that they should do? The Extremists Are Losing: ...Compare the landscape a decade ago. In Algeria, Islamic fundamentalists, having won an election, were poised to take control of the country. In Turkey, an Islamist political party was soon to come to power. In Egypt, Hosni Mubarak's regime was terrorized by groups that had effectively shut down the country to foreign tourists. In Pakistan, the mullahs had scared Parliament into enacting blasphemy laws. Only a few years earlier, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini had issued his fatwa against the novelist Salman Rushdie, who was still living under armed guard in a secret location. Throughout the Arab world, much of the talk was...

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