Conclusions and Prospects
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This is a very hard state of affairs to digest, let alone live with. The way Islamic ideology gave rise to the Islamikaze, and more so the way Islamic society rose to the defence of the Islamikaze following their acts, first against Israel and then against the United States (and the rest of the West for that matter, had many of their schemes not been foiled), leaves little room for optimism in the Western world regarding a quick accommodation with the Muslim world. Conversely, in the Muslim camp, which has generally taken great delight in seeing Israelis and Americans murdered en masse, there is a feeling of great shock and consternation in the face of the vigorous US and Israeli - and to a lesser and more hesitant extent also European - resolute counter-attacks which have been seriously blunting the Islamists' triumphalism and eroding their enthusiasm and popular support. Whatever the outcome of this confrontation, whether it takes a military form or the shape of a 'clash of civilizations', two seemingly contradictory elements are at work which might mitigate the situation and make this world livable, after all. On the one hand, it is hard to see if and how Islamic ideology, based on the Islamic discourse as delineated in Chapter 2, can or will change, if we bear in mind that almost all attempts at Westernization, modernization, democratization, liberalization and other imported concepts, to the world of Islam in the past century, have ended in dismal failure and bred more, not less, frustration, hatred and estrangement from the West.