The crucial distinctions, therefore, may be not between “moderates” and “radicals” but between those who are radical and those who are less so – since they all use the same source, the Koran. Because so many people are in positions of authority – many with aggressive political agendas – and with the possibility of moving easily from moderate to radical positions, it’s lethal chaos.

These questions need to be clarified.

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Americans are tolerant, open and respectful, but they aren’t stupid. That’s why they keep asking.

Moshe Dann is a writer and journalist living in Jerusalem. He taught American history at CUNY.

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