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The Globalization of Jihad: From Islamist Resistance to War Against the West - The Solution

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THE SOLUTION

What is to be done to disarm this dangerous situation?

First, we must do more to demonstrate the benefits of globalization – not the globalization of jihad, but globalization of the world’s new economic system – to the peoples of the Muslim world. We must do more to integrate their societies with the rest of the world so that they can share in these benefits and see how much more they have to gain by being part of this global order than by fighting against it. In particular, we must engage the Muslim youth with these new opportunities.

We must also do more to bridge the socioeconomic gap that does exist between the West and the Muslim world and promote regional economic development. In doing so, we will not only benefit the people of the Muslim world, but also close the main door through which otherwise moderate men and women enter the arena of extremism.

The nations of the world must also adopt a hard line against those who spread hatred, whether it is through their sermons, through their books and pamphlets, or through their newspapers, television programs and radio addresses. A balance must be struck between freedom of speech and freedom from hatred.

Finally, the true promise of democracy must be realized by extending it to all peoples of the region – not hastily and without deference to the history and culture of the Muslim world, but in a gradual way that nurtures nascent democratic elements within these societies and allows them to flourish.