While the West battles al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, the Taliban and other radical organizations and individuals, its more challenging task will be to marginalize the underlying ideology of radical Islam.
Like all of Osama bin Laden’s previous messages to the West, his most recent communiqué contains three Ladenese trademarks — lying, defying, and demoralizing — that are always present whenever the al Qaeda chieftain addresses the West.
We’ve all seen them — those little wristbands Christians sometimes wear, or put on bumper stickers, with the acronym “WWJD?” — What Would Jesus Do? A reminder for them to ask, in every situation they face, what their Lord would do, and to emulate Jesus’ teachings of divine compassion, love, patience, faith, hope, and charity.
CAMERA Raymond Ibrahim is a name to watch for. His book, The Al Qaeda Reader (DoubleDay) will be out in April 2007. By way of introduction, don’t miss his outstanding Op-Ed today in the Los Angeles Times. Entitled “Islam gets concessions; infidels get conquered: What they capture, they keep. When they lose, they complain to the U.N.,” is so brilliant […]
by Michelle Malkin MichelleMalkin.com [Excerpt] In an excellent piece for the Los Angeles Times, Raymond Ibrahim points to Pope Benedict’s concessions to Islam in Turkey as a symbol of the West’s weakness in the face of conquering jihadists: When Islamists wage jihad — past, present and future — conquering and consolidating non-Muslim territories and centers in […]
Iran and the U.S., who may otherwise be on a collision-course, share one common goal: promoting democracy in Iraq. Just this last September Associated Press reported that Iranian president — a possible accomplice of the U.S. embassy takeover of 1979 and one who believes Israel should be “wiped off the map” —
by Roula Khalaf The Financial Times Al-Qaeda is usually portrayed as a collection of Islamist fanatics, bent on the destruction of democratic values and, as the US often says, the obliteration of the western “way of life”. But four years after the September 11 terrorist attacks led to the devastation of the group’s haven in […]
Is it real? by Shaun Waterman United Press International WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) — President Bush’s unprecedented inclusion in his weekend radio address of a direct reference to a letter he said was written by al-Qaida’s number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, highlights the fascinating insights it appears to offer into the inner workings of the group. […]
Al-Qaeda has shrewdly seen to it that, along with the sword, they also employ the pen in their Holy War. In order to vindicate their actions and rally support, they have orchestrated a series of carefully constructed messages. These messages fall into two distinct genres, each revealing a different goal.
On occasion, one finds a historical pattern that provides a paradigm useful for interpreting contemporary world events. One such paradigm is the almost eerie parallel between Germany’s history — its progress from Nationalism to Fascism and ultimately Terror — and the recent history of the Arab world.