A professor friend was telling me yesterday about a thesis he and a colleague are trying to promote. It is that democracy is not necessarily a source of social and political strength, as we democrats like to tell ourselves. At any rate, not inevitably. It is also a source of weakness, of doubt, of self-loathing, of self-criticism gone wild to an extent that approaches suicidal. (Have I mentioned societies which don't have children?).
If that's the case - I admit, counter intuitive to my Jeffersonian or Churchillian mindset - then what we need to be doing is infecting the Muslim world with the virus. Not so as to make them wish to be like us and join in a universal frolicking, but rather to level the battle ground of ideas, to have their universities spew doubt and self-loathing of their own, their media to sap their resolve, their intellectuals endlessly to apologize for whatever we do.
Apparently no respectable academic journal is willing to touch their article.