How do we address Islamic fundamentalism?
Arlen Specter was a United States Senator for Pennsylvania who served as the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations and Veterans Affairs committees.
Arlen Specter’s five terms made him the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Pennsylvania’s history. A voice of reason, his independence and balance won him endorsements from the AFL-CIO and high marks from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (100% in 2006), the National Association of Manufacturers (86% in 2006), and the Americans for Tax Reform (90% in 2006).
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Born to Russian immigrant parents in Wichita, Kansas, Specter was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Arlen Specter: Well the problem of Islamic fundamentalism has been with us quite a long time, and it has been growing. And it is come to the fore in recent acts of terrorism which we saw in the Trade Centers at about 1993; saw with the acts of terrorism against our ship; 9/11; and there is a growing sense under the broad category of jihad where the Muslim world feels the necessity to assert itself and its values. They do not like our way of life. They do not like the way we treat women. Women are very different in our society. They do not like the way our women dress and it is an evolving problem stemming largely or significantly from problems in the Mid East.
Recorded on: 7/4/07
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