Muslim Moderates Target Of Taliban

As the conflict in Pakistan witnesses more intense conflict between the Pakistan army and the Taliban, an increasing number of Muslims are recognizing the struggle in their nation entails a fight between Muslim extremists and those of the more moderate people who follow the precepts of Sufism. Ironically, extremists have for years been supported by Saudi Arabia whose government is founded on extremism and conservatism. During the 1980s, the United States in its effort to end the rule of communism in Afghanistan supported extremists from Saudi Arabia and Yemen who came to fight against the Soviets.

The Sufi moderate Islamic religion which generally is the main form of religion in Pakistan has become painfully aware of what lays in store for their nation if the conservative Saudi Arabian influenced Taliban gains power. The United States continues to urge Pakistan to deal with the Taliban but no effort is made to compel Saudi Arabia to curb its support for extremists in madrassas who impose hate and violence against moderates and western institutions.

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