"While the earlier Orientalists had produced tracts that aided the colonization of the Orient by furnishing ideological pretexts; the new version of Orientalism has taken on unabashedly political overtones. Their Manichean view posits an unchanging, retrograde, totalitarian Islam in perpetual conflict with an enlightened, democratic, egalitarian and free West. Alam's broadside against the most influential protagonists of this project – Bernard Lewis and Samuel Huntington – is trenchant as it is lucid; he shows up a theoretical edifice that has weak empirical foundations, one that is barely held together by specious arguments and defective logic."
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"The struggle is not between liberty vs. Dictatorship but between Western Political Ideals and Islam."
"The greater the concerns of Muslims at large are addressed; smaller would be room for terrorists to maneuver."
"It is the consciousness of the people, particularly the Americans, and their re-evaluation of their state to see if the US is going in the right direction; if just changing a president and his team every four years sufficient for course correction, or a mini-revolution is required to purge the system of loopholes and the worst exploiters of freedom and democracy."
"The lessons for Darfur are clear. The conflict in Darfur has already become mired in propaganda claims and counter-claims very similar to the ones outlined above."
"Belief in a crusade against evil remains a strong motivator of war supporters and participants. Some supporters and participants in U.S. wars are motivated, in fact, by a desire to kill and convert non-Christians. But none of this is central to the real, or at least the primary and surface-level, motivations of war planners."