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Watching the gruesome execution videos by ISIS, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11 .Second, it's not an Islam problem but an Arab problem.Over the last decade, jihad and even Islamist fundamentalism have not done well in Indonesia – the largest Muslim country in the world, larger than Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya and the Gulf states put together.Very few of its 165 million Muslims are members of Al-Qaeda.The Arab world remained a desert.The one aspect of life that Arab dictators could not ban was religion, so Islam had become the language of political opposition. The Arab world was left with dictatorships on the one hand and deeply illiberal opposition groups on the other – Hosni Mubarak or Al-Qaeda. The Muslim Brotherhood has been banned, its members killed and jailed, the rest driven underground. Let's hope that 10 years from now, we do not find ourselves discussing the causes of the rise of an ISIS in Egypt.
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