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The Bolsheviks of our Time

WBUR’s Michael Goldfarb comments on the recent piece he did on British Jihad.

The utter certainty of their inevitable victory makes these people impervious to reason. The evening confirmed my view of Islamic radicals.

After three years of talking to them and being shown their hospitality it is this: they are the Bolsheviks of our time. Right up to the moment they seized power, Lenin and his colleagues were seen as a violent, slightly lunatic fringe on the edge of socialist politics.

Underestimating them cost all of humanity a terrifying toll but it cost Russians more than anyone. I fear that underestimating the Omar Bakri’s of the world will cost us a similar heavy price, with Muslims, like Russians, paying more than anyone else.