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Muslim Rage v. Western Values: Patience Required
Powerful statement from a former Muslim, now secularized, who participated in the burning of Salman Rushdie's book, "The Satanic Verses," decades ago. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, and escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating in 1992 to the Netherlands, where she was elected to the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. She is currently a fellow of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. 

Here is the gist of her remarks (but the entire article is really worth reading):

Utopian ideologies have a short lifespan. Some are bloodier than others. As long as Islamists were able to market their philosophy as the only alternative to dictatorship and foreign meddling, they were attractive to an oppressed polity. But with their election to office they will be subjected to the test of government. It is clear, as we saw in Iran in 2009 and elsewhere, that if the philosophy of the Islamists is fully and forcefully implemented, those who elected them will end up disillusioned. The governments will begin to fail as soon as they set about implementing their philosophy: strip women of their rights; murder homosexuals; constrain the freedoms of conscience and religion of non-Muslims; hunt down dissidents; persecute religious minorities; pick fights with foreign powers, even powers, such as the U.S., that offered them friendship. The Islamists will curtail the freedoms of those who elected them and fail to improve their economic conditions.

After the disillusion and bitterness will come a painful lesson: that it is foolish to derive laws for human affairs from gods and prophets. Just like the Iranian people have begun to, the Egyptians, Tunisians, Libyans, and perhaps Syrians and others will come to this realization. In one or two or three decades we will see the masses in these countries take to the streets—and perhaps call for American help—to liberate them from the governments they elected. This process will be faster in some places than others, but in all of them it will be bloody and painful. If we take the long view, America and other Western countries can help make this happen in the same way we helped bring about the demise of the former Soviet Union.

We must be patient. America needs to empower those individuals and groups who are already disenchanted with political Islam by helping find and develop an alternative. At the heart of that alternative are the ideals of the rule of law and freedom of thought, worship, and expression. For these values there can and should be no apologies, no groveling, no hesitation.

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+Kate Ash   the best conclusion   to both  articles is to adopt the American doctrine of Freedom  
 
let me show the best Muslim's rage acted by Muslims themselves not by minorities whose  main goal is to anticipate in making the Holywood  image of Muslims . In Morocco the protesters give to the world a beautiful image about tolerance and peace that really practiced in such a very civilized way "they make the 5 prayers at the American embassy " here is the video you can watch by your self 
المتظاهرون يؤدون صلاة المغرب أمام السفارة الأمريكية 
Added to this , the killing of the American ambassador  was not a reaction or protests against the film that mocks Prophet Muhammad. rather it is part of the Qaida 's operation against the American interference . You can listen to Obama's speech about this fact . 
 
Thank you +Yassi Nene Again, the quality of the media reports to which we have access in the UK is limited and usually biased to show only one viewpoint. It is unfortunate that the protests against this "film" have been hijacked by both sides. From what I have been able to understand about your country, it seems that it is a shining example of how life in a truly multicultural country can be. Thank you for the link, I will be watching some of those reports later, it is certainly refreshing to see news that doesn't attempt to sway the viewer to one particular viewpoint or provoke the tired, 'knee jerk' reactions that are a blight on UK news coverage. As for adopting the American model.......oooh I have huge issues with that! :0)
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