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United States Funds Schools Pushing Militant Islam

May 10, 2004

To be effective, any long-term strategy for fighting international terrorism must reduce the indoctrination of radical Islam occurring in government schools all over the world, says Andrew Coulson of the Cato Institute. These schools have been subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

  • From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, the United States funded the creation of militant Islamist schools in the Middle East to help combat Soviet expansionism.
  • In Pakistan, government schools that promote jihad and martyrdom continue to receive support from the United States, and are slated to receive $100 million in U.S. funds over the next five years.

Washington has attempted to deal with this problem by encouraging Muslim governments to moderate their teachings, but that strategy has failed, says Coulson.

Source: Andrew Coulson, "Education and Indoctrination in the Muslim World: Is There a Problem? What Can We Do about It?" Cato Institute, March 11, 2004.

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