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Season 2008 Episode 0423

Walid Phares: The Confrontation with Jihad

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Walid Phares: The Confrontation with Jihad
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In The Confrontation, Dr. Phares turns his attention to what the West must do to turn back the Jihadist threat.The war against Jihadism has to be redefined, he writes, and the West will need to rethink its approach, leading to an economic and diplomatic revolution needed to prevent the terrorists from using our own systems and needs against us.It will also need to seize every common ground with potential allies against the Jihadi forces, including Europe, Russia, and India.Finally, there needs to be a much stronger and united Western response to support the democratic and antiterrorist sectors of Muslim societies - our real allies in this conflict.The Jihadists, he argues, have skillfully isolated the United States through a worldwide war of ideas blaming democracies for the problems of the Middle East and driving terrorism.The goal must be to reverse the formula and isolate Jihadists in the court of world opinion and within the societies that they have made their home bases - Foundation for the Defense of Democraciesmoreless
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