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Moderate Muslims fear fundamentalist backlash from war

One of America’s stated goals for an invasion of Iraq is to bring a more open political system to that country. US officials say a postwar Iraq might just prove a model for Muslim nations across the globe. But from Pakistan to Indonesia, Islamic reformers who are allies of pluralism and moderation are watching the kmassing of US troops in the Gulf with something approaching panic. They expect an Iraq war to galvanize Muslim populations – but not in the way the US hopes. They fear that in the slipstream of invasion will be a surge of global Muslim anger that will play into the hands of fundamentalist politicians and curtail reformers’ influence. Full Story

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