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January 7, 2013

Column: Threat posed by radical Islam is second to none

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That said, there may be conceptual utility in Kaplan’s vision of a global “battle between two epic forces: Those of integration based on civil society and human rights, and those of exclusion based on race, blood and radicalized faith.” Note that in this last phrase Kaplan has at least acknowledged that religion is shaping the international conflict now underway.

“To see what is in front of one’s nose,” George Orwell once wrote, “needs a constant struggle.” By calling attention to a dangerous reality to which Western elites are closing their eyes, Kaplan has rendered a service. But there’s more to it than he’s acknowledged and less time than we might like to get it in focus.

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.

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