How Islamism Imperils the Western Liberal Order
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States
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Islamism is a modern convention. The Islamist movement threatens the modern liberal order because Islamism compels the modern liberal order to resort to naked force or abject surrender. Addressing the threat of Islamism requires a moderate approach, which upon recognizing the limitations of man, rejects a mechanistic foreign policy and relies upon an organic approach. Liberalism wrestles with the internal tensions in its understanding of man and nature as it confronts the challenges of a different conception in Islam. The Islamist goes a step further as he antagonizes the tensions in liberalism until the liberalist either must fight back conceding his identity or concede the liberal project to which he is committed. The liberal state cannot actually tolerate those who would submit to an authority above the state. The goals of the liberal state with regard to assimilating Muslims is actually in contravention to the goals of globalization since the liberal state seeks to break the ties and authority of any external sovereign. The liberal state will resort to force to assure compliance. Globalization has failed to assimilate peoples into the western liberal order, in part because it takes an overly mechanized approach to people. Islamism stresses the liberal state and its institutions. Instead of surrendering to the forces of globalization, some states are rejecting liberalism outright. Islamism has been growing and working its way into Muslim societies for a hundred years Liberal nations will not easily uproot or eradicate Islamist ideology. A pragmatic approach to the conflict in worldviews that does not abandon liberal principle, but shapes what the environment offers will yield the truest result in the liberal conflict with Islamism.
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