Daniel Pipes quotes

  • So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: Display the Muhammad cartoon daily, until the Islamists become accustomed to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Editors #Cartoon #Hamburgers

  • Diplomacy in general does not resolve conflicts. Wars end not due to peace processes, but due to one side giving up.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Giving Up #War #Doe

  • You can't just read the Koran to understand Muslim life. You have to look at history, at personalities, at economics, and so on.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Personality #Looks #Economics

  • Any Westerner can now buy a Koran for a dollar and burn it, while any Muslim with a platform can transform that act into a fighting offense. As passions rise on both sides of the divide, Western provocateurs and Islamist hotheads have found each other, as confrontations occur with increasing frequency.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Passion #Fighting #Dollars

  • I draw a distinction between traditional Islam and Islamism. Islamism emerged in its modern form in the 1920s and is driven by a belief that Muslims can be strong and rich again if they follow the Islamic law severely and in its entirety. This is a response to the trauma of modern Islam.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Strong #Islamic #Law

  • In the long term, the United States could greatly benefit Islam by uniquely freeing the religion from government constraints and permitting it to evolve in a positive, modern direction. But that's the long term.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Government #Long #Islam

  • My career divides in two: before and after 9/11. In the first part I was trying to show that Islam is relevant to political concerns. If you want to understand Muslims, I argued, you need to understand the role of Islam in their lives. Now that seems obvious.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Careers #Two #Political

  • The Israelis are very smart about politics and strategy, but there are a few exceptions. One is Lebanon, the other is Gaza, where they were completely inept.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Smart #Lebanon #Strategy

  • Integrationists are delighted to live in a democratic country where the rule of law prevails, whereas chauvinists wish to import the customs of the Middle East and South Asia.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Country #Law #Wish

  • Nothing in the constitutions of Western states requires them to get involved in every foreign conflict.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Constitution #Conflict #States

  • Again and again, when Westerners are perceived as denigrating Muhammad, the Koran, or Islam, Islamists demonstrate, riot or kill.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Islam #Muhammad #Riot

  • Ultimately, there is no compromise. Westerners will either retain their civilization, including the right to insult and blaspheme, or not.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Civilization #Comeback #Insult

  • It’s a mistake to blame Islam, a religion 14 centuries old, for the evil that should be ascribed to militant Islam, a totalitarian ideology less than a century old. Militant Islam is the problem, but moderate Islam is the solution.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Mistake #Evil #Islam

  • Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene. All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Attitude #Hygiene #Cooking

  • The Koran is a not 'a product of Muhammad or even of Arabia,' but a collection of earlier Judeo-Christian liturgical materials stitched together to meet the needs of a later age...A few scholars go even further, doubting even the existence of Muhammad.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Christian #Doubt #Together

  • There is no problem with Islam itself or with the Muslims, but these are difficult times, and the difficulty stems from radical Islam.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Islam #Difficult Times #Problem

  • Israelis must be encouraged to defeat the Palestinians.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Defeat #Be Encouraged #Palestinian

  • To me, every fundamentalist Muslim, no matter how peaceable in his own behavior, is part of a murderous movement and is thus, in some fashion, a foot soldier in the war that bin Laden has launched against civilization.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Fashion #War #Civilization

  • The Palestinians are a miserable people...and they deserve to be.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #People #Miserable #Palestinian

  • All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Attitude #Exotic

  • Anti-Islamist Muslims - who wish to live modern lives, unencumbered by burqas, fatwas and violent visions of jihad - are on the defensive and atomized. However eloquent, their individual voices cannot compete with the roar of militant Islam's determination, money (much of it from overseas) and violence. As a result, militant Islam, with its West-phobia and goal of world hegemony, dominates Islam in the West and appears to many to be the only kind of Islam.
    -- Daniel Pipes

    #Determination #Voice #Goal