It is often thought
the main threat of radical Islamism to the West and, indeed, the world, is
terrorism. It is also said to be the isolation of Muslim communities, which
allows extremists to recruit people to their cause.
Such views are not mistaken but they confuse effects with
causes. What the world has to recognise is that we are not simply dealing with
faith, but with a political, social and economic ideology. Radical Islamism is
a worldview. Its nearest parallel, despite many differences, is Marxism.
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