EP 53: Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum on Radical Islam
My guest today is one of the leading scholars on the Middle East and Middle East history. He's Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum and publisher of Middle East Quarterly. Prior to that he was appointed to the Board of the U.S. Insitute for Peace by President George W. Bush, and he served as director of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.
He says it is Islamists, not Muslims, who represent an existential threat to Israel and the West. He says America should support moderate Muslims and reform in the Middle East, but he also says that real change will come from a brewing ideological civil war between moderate Muslims and radical Islamists who promote Sharia law and the goal of a worldwide Caliphate. We also discuss which group the U.S. should be supporting in Syria, new signs of hope for an uprising by moderates in Iran, the new authoritarianism in Turkey, a three state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the rise of Islam in Europe, and ISIS inspired attacks in the U.S.
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