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Washington is getting enthusiastic about an ideological war these days: not between Democrats and Republicans – that's old news – but rather between Americans and radical Islam.Communism and capitalism were both secular ideologies, each trying to seduce the world's "undecideds" into its camp.It's difficult to remember today that for decades, tens of millions of people around the world were greatly attracted to communism. Around the developing world, the call of socialism and communism was real and strong.Even within the Muslim world, radical Islam does not resonate.Because the ideas at stake are potentially seductive only to Muslims, the ideological war today is really a struggle within Islam. It's a cultural war that has to be waged by Muslims. If outsiders, like America, want to play a role, they should try to listen to and support those Muslims fighting the good fight. In other words, fighting an ideological war against ISIS actually points one toward a sophisticated strategy that involves, for America, military restraint and close political cooperation with Arabs.
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