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Bruce Thornton: An Honest Missive. Zawahiri boasts strategy for "victory of Islam."
victorhanson.com ^ | October 13, 2005 | Bruce Thornton

Posted on 10/14/2005 5:08:51 AM PDT by Tolik

The website of the Director of National Intelligence just published a letter from Al Qaeda’s number two leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head-terrorist in Iraq. This document repays careful reading, for it explodes much of the received wisdom many people rely on in making sense of jihadist terror.

According to this standard interpretation, Islamic terror is the handiwork of a fanatic minority that has “highjacked” and distorted Islamic doctrine. These medieval throwbacks gain traction from the political autocracy and oppression that dominate the Muslim governments in the Middle East, regimes that cannot provide the freedom and prosperity that would eliminate the frustration and despair breeding terrorist violence. The leftist variation of this analysis lays the blame on Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, and Western, particularly American, imperialist and colonialist misdeeds in the region. Either way, the underlying assumption is that jihadist terror is a sort of cultural neurosis arising in reaction to political or material circumstances. Thus the cure for the terrorist “disease” must be found in improving those circumstances: installing democratic governments or compelling Israel to surrender Judea and Samaria (aka the “occupied West Bank”) so that a Palestinian state can be created.

Zawahiri’s letter, however, offers little that squares with this received wisdom. Its shrewd analysis and careful argument are the signs not of a wild-eyed religious fanatic but of a thinker shaped by his religion’s history and spiritual imperatives. Indeed, Zawahiri is very clear about the traditional jihadist motivation, one that is not a mere reaction to Western misdeeds or a distortion of Islam, but rather squarely in its history and traditional values: the eventual triumph of the true faith over “atheism” and “polytheism,” the latter term code for Christianity.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alzawahiri; brucethornton; islam; jihad; jihadists; waronterror; wot; wwiv; zawahiri
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1 posted on 10/14/2005 5:08:55 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Lando Lincoln; quidnunc; .cnI redruM; Valin; King Prout; SJackson; dennisw; monkeyshine; ...

Very Interesting!

This ping list is not author-specific for articles I'd like to share. Some for the perfect moral clarity, some for provocative thoughts; or simply interesting articles I'd hate to miss myself. (I don't have to agree with the author all 100% to feel the need to share an article.) I will try not to abuse the ping list and not to annoy you too much, but on some days there is more of the good stuff that is worthy of attention. You can see the list of articles I pinged to lately  on  my page.
You are welcome in or out, just freepmail me (and note which PING list you are talking about). Besides this one, I keep 2 separate PING lists for my favorite authors Victor Davis Hanson and Orson Scott Card.  

2 posted on 10/14/2005 5:11:10 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

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3 posted on 10/14/2005 5:15:56 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Tolik

Bump.


4 posted on 10/14/2005 5:17:06 AM PDT by Stentor
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To: Tolik

Wow! What a column...hope someone in the WH reads it.


5 posted on 10/14/2005 5:21:38 AM PDT by hershey
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To: Tolik
100% on target, and the exact reason why we can't let the Left gain control of this nation...they are Chamberlains at heart and will sell us out to the terrorists.
6 posted on 10/14/2005 5:26:37 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Tolik
Wow! What a column...hope Chris Matthews, Michael Moore, the New York Times, Barabara Streisand, Cindy Sheehan, Gerhard Schroeder, the Weenies and Cowards in Socialist Spain, the LA Times, Martin Sheen reads it. [/sarcasm]

Bttt!!!!!!!!!!

7 posted on 10/14/2005 5:35:40 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth-Estate is a Fifth-Column!)
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To: Tolik

Hanson bump.


8 posted on 10/14/2005 5:38:28 AM PDT by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Tolik

Make no mistake, the Islamofacists want nothing less than an end to Western civilization and the creation of a global Islamic theocracy. Unfortunately the very tenets of their religion support this goal.


9 posted on 10/14/2005 5:39:21 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir w├Âlle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Stentor
...we refuse to name clearly the enemy: an Islamic faith that for centuries has killed, enslaved, plundered, ravaged, and conquered in the service of its arrogant assurance of its spiritual superiority.

Isn't the truth a beautiful thing to hear.

Yet the American left and even our President want to lecture muslims by telling them Islam is a peaceful religion. Muslims must privately laugh at our stupidity.

In the meantime, Islam continues its march to destiny. Eventually, it must be expunged from humanity or it will lead this world into the darkness of pure evil.

10 posted on 10/14/2005 5:40:35 AM PDT by Dark Skies (" For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. " Matthew 6:21)
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To: Tolik
We would be well served if all in government were required to take classes that study history in depth.

Islam is not a peaceful religion. For the earliest days it was based on conquest and forced conversion. Those times when it drifted away from that were times of relative unbelief.
11 posted on 10/14/2005 5:54:35 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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