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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Islamists' worst nightmare

The attempt to spread Islam all over the World has come up against its worst nightmare. It is the Zionist Hindu Crusader alliance, featuring Israel, India (with the third largest Muslim population in the World) and the United States. The alliance threatens to undermine Islamic radicalism by making people focus on something much more pleasurable: Making money.

This “Zionist Hindu Crusader” alliance is a nightmare scenario for radicals and terrorists in the Islamic world. The emergence of closer relations between the American global superpower, the regional Israeli military, and technological superpower, and the rising superpower of India is a basic challenge to the worldview of the extremists. The radicals have imagined a world in which the west and especially America is in decline, Israel faces a deep crisis, and a resurgent Islamic world is emerging as a new world-historical power.

Suppose none of that is happening. Suppose instead that both the United States and Israel are going to prosper and grow, based in part on their economic relationship with India. Suppose that Israel’s extraordinary culture of high-tech innovation will be energized by the relationship with India so that Israel’s technological and scientific lead over its neighbors continues to grow over time. Suppose that Indian power will be returning to the Gulf and East Africa, and that not only Pakistan but the Arab world will be increasingly focused on accommodating the rise of a new regional, and ultimately global, superpower. Add to this that immense natural gas discoveries off Israel’s coastline are revolutionizing the country’s long term economic position and security strategy.

In that kind of world the arguments and the ideas of religious radicals won’t make much sense to most people. On the other hand, the economic dynamism created by the explosive growth of the Indian economy (assuming of course that the trend toward double-digit GDP growth continues) will offer the Arab world (and Pakistan) new opportunities for rapid economic development of their own. At the same time, the growing diplomatic and political influence that a rising India will have in the region will add new weight to American efforts to help the region move toward peace and reconciliation. In this kind of world, Islamic radicalism can’t deliver and its basic assumptions look shallow and unconvincing.

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At 1:25 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

India only established diplomatic relations with Israel in 1992 after decades of hostility and holding the Jewish State at arm's length. The country had shifted from a socialist Third World orientation to a free enterprise one has plans to become a developed country. Its the second largest country in terms of population after China and is a democracy. Like Israel it has faced the brunt of Islamic terrorism, mostly notably from Pakistan. In the past, Israel could have counted on Turkey, Iran and Ethiopia to stabilize the Middle East. In the future that role will increasingly fall to India. There is a good case to made that radical Islamism is a dead end and provided Iran's nuclear ambitions can be thwarted, the rest of the 21st Century will belong to fast growing, open and adaptive societies that take full advantage of their human capital and natural resources to shape the world around them. That could well indeed be the Islamists' worst nightmare.


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