The rapid rise and spread of Islam didn't go unnoticed among World religious and political leaders who are turning to moderate islam in their search for a strong ally to help in their fight against religious extremism and terrorism despite uncertain political implications and difficult issues such as the Sharia laws, religious freedom, equality and human rights, dignity of women, gay rights, etc
The french philosopher, Bernard-Henry Levy remains a staunch supporter of moderate Islam as opposed to Islamic Fundamentalism. Long before anyone else, he backed the Afghans against the Taliban regime and rallied to the cause of communist dissidents like the Chechen s or the Bosnian Muslims.
World leader Obama with a strong approval rating, reached out to moderate Islam and distanced himself from Bush's foreign policies by placing emphasis on mutual respect and understanding rather than pressing for reforms or for a democracy agenda for the Arab World.
Finally, the Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI during his recent visit of the ME praised King Abdullah II and Islamic scholars for their initiative of dialogue and cooperation to defeat Radical Islam.
Is the Western World unduly raising Hope that by giving a stronger voice to moderate Islam the hateful ideologies of Radical Islam can be defeated?