Pipes has been attacked by Muslim organizations as a fear-mongering Islamophobic fascist. But this comment from Pipes in a story I wrote about young American Muslims sympathetic to suicide bombings, in which the president of Long Beach’s MSA told me he thinks Islam justifies the attacks on civilians, seemed pretty measured:
What you have is a low-wage jihad taking place, but people are not paying attention to it. These sentiments are seething, and at any time might erupt.
I noted last month that Giuliani, who has proven incredibly unpopular with evangelical Christians, had enlisted neoconservative Commentary editor-at-large Norman Podhoretz. Here’s what Silverstein, the excellent Harper‘s Washington editor behind that lobbying story from July, had to say about Pipes:
I think itâs fair to say that Pipes is even further out ideologically than Norman Podhoretz, another Giuliani adviser. Readers unfamiliar with Pipes can check out his profile at Wikipedia. For a representative sampling of his work, consider a 2006 article he wrote in the Jerusalem Post (not available online):
Iraqâs plight is neither a coalition responsibility nor a particular danger to the West. Fixing Iraq is neither the coalitionâs responsibility, nor its burden. When Sunni terrorists target Shiâites and vice versa, non-Muslims are less likely to be hurt. Civil war in Iraq, in short, would be a humanitarian tragedy, but not a strategic one.