While there's no battle between Islam and the West, there is a battle within Islam: a conflict between violent-fanatic understandings of Islam and a broader spectrum of Muslim worldviews over how the religion gets defined.
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Call them Chechen separatists or new world order gangstas, but don't call them jihadis. They're just wannabes who have adopted the glamorous guise of Muslim extremism.
Like Jim Jones, a personality cult has formed around Anwar al-Awlaki. There is a word for that kind of personality cult in Islam: idolatry.
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