Al-Salamu `Alaykum Wa Rahmatu 'Llahi Wa BarakaTuhu, Every so often I find good (mind you, it's not good as in 'pro-islam' always) analyses written by Western academics which resonate with me. I will post them as I find them here, in sha allah. It's good, or interesting at least, to see that some people in the West actually understand the realities of the Muslim World, and unlike the general media, don't start spilling whatever superficial bogus the ideology of the day happens to be. (Meaning, they are not Fox News - esque). Anyways, just keep in mind - these people are still against Muslims, and Islam. Because they are able to and choose to understand the realities of the current environment does not mean that they are any better. Rather, it can even mean that they are worse (or have the capability of being worse) for the Muslims. (It will be clarified what I mean in the next several posts). That's long enough of an introduction.