Identifying the Enemy: Domestic and External
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But, first, identifying the enemy is essential. Do the fundamentalists act only against rulers whom they consider illegitimate? Who is legitimate in the variety of autocratic regimes that rule the more than 56 Muslim countries today? Does Muslim rule have to extend only to Muslim-majority countries, or does it have to include also non-Muslim states, as in Europe and the United States? Is it enough to encourage Muslim immigration into those countries and wait patiently for the critical mass of Muslims to develop before they strike, or should they let Islam impact on their host countries in preparation for taking them over in the long run? Should each 'liberated' Muslim country, such as Iran and the Sudan, join hands with the others to restore the world caliphate of Islam, or should it liberate other countries first, by sustaining their Muslim movements, as a preparation for domestic Islamic revolutions that are bound to burst from within and topple the illegitimate autocrats? How pressing is the need to trigger the Islamic Revolution now, as Bin-Laden has attempted to do, underestimating the United States' resolve to fight back while estimating precisely continental European spineless policy of surrender; or would the Islamists rather prepare the ground for the
revolution to ripen? Will the stringent measures to rein in the fundamentalists, in the United States and Britain, precipitate their determination to act before the new restrictions take their toll, or should they adopt a low profile and wait for things to improve?