The rush to denounce Islamic fundamentalist terrorism in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11 provided an ideal opportunity to perpetuate the cliché of the «mainly moderate», « Western-friendly» Islamic world, a stance trotted out after every wave of Islamist terror to strike France in recent years. Whether we like it or not, however (despite the problems inherent in generalization), the Muslim world in general - and not just the Taliban and the Wahhabites - is undoubtedly receptive to xenophobic anti-Western, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish ideas. This ideology of hatred of « the other» displays close parallels with Nazi Germany and the Europe of the 1930's. Democratic societies are powerless in the face of such Islamic totalitarianism. Their pluralist ideals lead them to open their doors to their worst enemies, thereby threatening their founding values, and even their very survival. To ensure their continued existence, democratic societies will one day have to start denying liberty to the enemies of liberty.