Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

John McCain on Islamic Theocracy at the Hoover Institution

May 7, 2007

The mullahs of Iran and the leaders of Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah want to cleanse the Muslim world of modernity and the ideals of the Enlightenment, and return it to an imagined past of theological purity. They state their goal plainly: a universal Islamic theocracy, a new Caliphate across all the lands once dominated by Islam, including the lands held in Europe centuries ago. Meanwhile, Mideast autocracies fuel this radicalism by denying their people political expression, economic opportunity or hope for a better future.

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