I watched a debate between Tariq Ramadan, a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and the late Christopher Hitchens, on Youtube.
It led me to wonder how moderate Moslem people could fit in as advisors to the counter-terror/ counter-jihadist planning which is imminent in Europe, the UK and the US.
Publicly, the task seems oddly to have been taken on as a fait accompli by the non-Moslem leaders of these regions (Hollande, Cameron, Obama) , in order to reign in the Islamists, but without the requisite religious expertise that is aligned with Islam.
Who can understand the basics of a religion better than co-religionists? Moderate Moslem people would do well to offer the contexts and guidance, as people who are au fait with the religion, and help unravel the logic and difficult extrapolations towards Islamist extremism.
It seems a forgone assumption that European/ British/ US leaders have not publicly invited moderate Moslem advisors to contribute to the planning and containment of Moslem extremism in these regions. Nor have moderate Moslem leaders come forward in these countries. There are as yet no apparent collaborations publicly announced.
How can the non-Moslem leaders of these regions and countries be expected to have a right perspective and right insight towards finding the long term solutions? At least an offering by moderate Moslem advisors and leaders towards their Prime Ministers would be helpful.
The various non-Moslem leaders seem willing to carry out the ‘clean-up’ job without seeking the committed public participation of significant moderate Moslem advisors.
Surely they exist and can come to the surface. Such a public move would bring a better public view in these days towards moderate Islam.