"The number of militants in Al Qaeda who practice that kind of terrorism, compared to the total number of Muslims, is almost exactly the same proportion as the number of American Christians who become terrorists and blow up abortion clinics, compared to the total number of American Christians...the vast majority are not using violence."
Many Arab countries do not offer the political mechanisms necessary for the disenfranchised to implement change, whether it be economic, social, or political. As a result, resistance groups based on Islam, such as Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood, are formed to achieve the political changes they seek. However, as Rami Khouri describes, there is a wide variety in the changes sought and the methods of resistance employed by these groups.
Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth. He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author. Rami was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in October 2006, and in November 2006, he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.