States like these, and their terrorist allies,
constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. By
seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing
danger. They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the
means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to
Today, we are seeing the allies of the
In any war,
the critical elements of success are:
Who is the enemy?
What are their goals?
What is the definition of success, and finally
What will the
world be like if we lose?
Up to the time of the Munich Agreement in 1938, these
questions were not answered. The West faces the same situation following the
An Inconvenient Truth
The Reality of the Inconvenient Truth
Islamists Recognize the Value of Joining with the Leftist Movement
The Cease-Fire in Lebanon is Reminisant of Munich in 1938
Founding of the Green Party
How it all Began
Fischer: A self-justification
Al Qaeda Forges the links with the Leftist/Marxist Alliance
Al-Qaeda Issues An ‘Invitation’
Complications on the Issue of Profiling
Joe Lieberman vs. Ted Lamont
August 12, 2006 Anti-War Demonstrations
The US and Israel Stand Alone
Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Role of Hezbollah in the Middle East
Islamist Sunni-Shia Convergence
Following the Strategies Laid Out by The Muslim Brotherhood
The Project and the Protocols of Zion
Al-Qaeda Book on Managing Savagery
The Underlying Cause Driving the Axis of Appeasement
I led a recent
round-table on current affairs on the campus of a major university, the subject
was funding terror and how to reduce the threat of terror by eliminating
funding—and if that was possible. Naturally, a logical portion of the discussion
dealt with the role that energy plays in providing the funding. But more
important to the subject is: What other ways funding is provided?
The first question raised by one of the participants was:
How do I know that the organizations that I support are not supporting terror?
In my opinion, we are not just fighting a war on terror, but witnessing a war
between those who wish to impose an Islamist totalitarian form of government
verses Western democracy, capitalism, freedom and liberty. In many cases it may
be the extension of the same battle that tore
The discussion evolved. Funding of terror really involves
many aspects; it can take the form of direct monetary transfer to terrorist
organizations, it can include providing labor in the form of organizing
demonstrations which promote ideologies which are anti-American, anti-Semitic,
and anti-Western democracy, and it can also take the form of supporting causes
which prevent the development of energy self-sufficiency thus making the U.S.
dependent for our energy supplies from countries supporting terrorism. Jihad
should not be considered exclusively a terrorist action, such as blowing up
planes and trains; it may take the form of economic jihad such as financing
Islamist projects, white-collar jihad—influencing the media, promoting Islamist
ideologies in schools and universities or just plain participating in a
demonstration or peaceful march. However the goal remains the same, to bring
about the Islamic
Which leads us the main question, which organizations and/or action of individuals promote anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism, etc. I believe that the well-known statement: “If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, eats like a duck, it probably is a duck.” How would one apply this comment to the present situation? Some of the organizations mentioned in this study are leaders of protest marches preaching these ideologies. The spokespersons for the organizations have made speeches espousing the ideologies; the funding (eating) includes organizations espousing similar beliefs. I would have to add that certainly not all and possibly most of the organizations do not have all the characteristics, however they do have association through their sponsorship of the events, interlocking of funding and interlocking of boards. I might add, that just like the duck that provides excellent food and delicious pate and other useful products; terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and Hamas also have two sides. On the one hand, they provide schools, hospitals, and support for the poor and food. Environmental organizations raise our awareness of need to protect our environment for current and future generations. The goal is therefore is sort out their multiple functions and goals. The Islamists recognized this dual role and therefore have utilized these organizations in their strategy. The strategy is laid out in the sections on “ The Project ” and “ Managing Savagery .”
The “The Project” an ambitious strategy intended “to
establish the kingdom of God over the whole world recommends “to study the
local and world centers of authority, and the possibilities of placing them under influence,” “to enter
in contact with all new movements engaged in the jihad wherever that it
is on planet, to create cells of the jihad,” and “to nourish the feeling
of rancor with regard to the Jews.” The document describes the strategy planned
to ensure a growing influence of the Brotherhood on the Muslim world. It is
stipulated there that the Muslim Brothers “should not act in the name of the
Brotherhood, but infiltrate in the
existing organizations. Their existence will not be located, and then neutralized.”
If the pattern
and actions of the organizations appear to be consistent with the strategy laid
out by the Islamists, then one must pay special attention.
If you spend
some nights and weekends at a whorehouse, your spouse has every right to assume
the reason for spending time there is not for the purpose of playing tennis.
In the document below are presented from newspaper accounts and other sources the association of organizations behind the statements, protests and actions. The Islamist strategy has recently been made public through the publication of translated documents. It is for the reader to further explore the links.
Think about it; check it out. Are you naively funding terror? Because we still have freedom and do not live under a totalitarian government we must respect the rights of others to express their opinions and enter into dialog. However just the participation in an elected form of government and/or economic development does not necessarily lead to freedom, liberty and elimination of terror. Suggested reading: Promoting Democracy and Fighting Terror by Thomas Carothers from Foreign Affairs, January/February 2003 and Development and Democracy by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and George W. Downs From Foreign Affairs, September/October 2005.
The Islamist strategy of infiltrating in the existing organizations, NGOs and foundations, many of which perform apparently valuable services is extremely valuable to the cause of establishing a totalitarian form of government. The existence of Muslims with an Islamist agenda and supporters of their cause are not easily located and then neutralized.
One has to ask: Which is more important in the near term the preservation of democracy, liberty and freedom or global warming?
religious authority to Hezbollah followers—said. “With God's help you
(Hezbollah) were able to prove that military superiority is not (measured) in
the number (of soldiers), planes, warships and tanks. Rather, it depends on the
power of faith and holy war,”
Just as the
Iranian soccer fans hold photos of Hezbollah leader Sheik
, during the Iran and Syria Asian
Cup 2007 qualifying soccer match in Tehran on Wednesday
In reality, the Inconvenient Truth represents a
much broader significance. The environmental movement represented by
The Inconvenient Truth is that many of the environmental, social justice, anti-war, leftist, and Islamic groups have in common senior personnel, members of advisory and director boards and in some cases common supporters and funding including foundations and corporations. The organizations in many cases have interlinking of the boards. In many cases these organizations are the cosponsors of the rallies and protests we are seeing occur on a global scale. This is in no way to say that all supporters of some of these causes are not sincere in their desire for a better world. As a conservative environmentalist we all need to support environmental action that is also critical for your future. However, support of the organizations naively or otherwise can be contributing to support of organizations that are against liberty and freedom and seek to establish a global totalitarian government.
The war against the Islamists will not be won with military might and the war on terror; the battle must also be waged in the media, the schools, the NGOs, and the board rooms of corporations.
The Islmists are following the plan laid out by the Muslim Brotherhood as described and documented in numerous places. The West is falling into line with the plan and strategy.
recognized early on that alliance with these groups provided the grass root
support and manpower locally in the West to impact the media, education, and
ultimately political elections. Hence the Islamist slogan “from the schoolhouse
to the White House.” The Islamist goal remains—world domination and the
establishment of the totalitarian Islamic
The “unholy alliance” of the leftist with the Islamists cannot last; liberalism cannot survive under the rule of a totalitarian regime imposing Shariah law. At some point one side will decide that this must end. Victor Davis Hanson in his article in National Review Online Hope Amid Despair? commented: In an amorphous war of self-induced Western restraint, like the present one, truth and moral clarity are as important as military force. This past month, the world of the fascist jihadist and those who tolerate him was once again on display for civilization to fathom. Even the most timid and prone to appeasement in the West are beginning to see that it is becoming a question of “the Islamists or us.”
The Islamist is willing to die for their cause. Many liberals may die because of the support of their cause.
victory of the Hezbollah in
pivotal in the same sense that the
As reported in the
Iran praises Islam ‘victory’ August 17,
“Your unprecedented holy war and steadfastness are beyond the limits of my description. It's a divine victory. It is a victory of Islam,” Khamenei said in the message read by an announcer on Hezbollah's Al-Manar television.
heavily financed and backed by
“With God's help you were able to prove that military superiority is not (measured) in the number (of soldiers), planes, warships and tanks. Rather, it depends on the power of faith and holy war,” Khamenei said.
“You have ridiculed the myth that the Zionist army is invincible,” he said.
Israeli attacks that killed Lebanese civilians and destroyed much of the
country's infrastructure have exposed “the real face of
“They (Israeli attacks) have also uncovered the level of falsehood surrounding the hollow slogans ... about human rights and democracy,” Khamenei said.
He lashed out
1701 shows that, for the time being at least, the balance has likewise shifted
to the terrorists and their state sponsors. Like
passed an awful milestone in our history,”
Less than a year
Without the background of history as a guide, it is difficult to understand the present.
In January of 2005,
The founding of the Green Party was hardly done in a flurry
to civilize the nation in 1968 and the years that followed, at the height of the
They, themselves, never thought of it that way. For them,
the important thing was changing, not bettering, the system. They produced a
newspaper called “
“People know that the Sixties changed
The '68 movement made a fatal mistake, when
“The resort to terrorism killed the protest movement.”
Today, it uses the media, the Internet, education and politics to change the world. The goal remains the same—political power to impose their ideology. The Islamists using the same techniques are gaining political power globally.
Success in the “War on Terror” may win a battle, but will
not win the war against the Islamists. With the Leftists against the War on
Terror as put forward in the Wall Street Journal article on August 16 by
He has frankly acknowledged his mistake as a young man in succumbing then to the lure of revolutionary violence. But he firmly maintains that the '68 movement was essential to German democracy.
In a speech in
And that, he said, had brought about “the integration of radical left-wing groups - Leninist, Trotskykist, anarchist, feminist or whatever - into the democratic process.”
“It is very important,” he added, “to rethink the process
of the '80s.” That was the decade when
The creation of the Green Party did, however, manage to
civilize one group of Germans –the scrappy band of disillusioned rebels—many of
who were the children of bourgeois, the children of privilege or even Nazi
families—who nonetheless gravitated to what they called “alternative scenes.”
For many of these radicals, the Green Party came too late. For them, the best
solution came in the form of the terrorist group the Red Army Faction, which was
founded in the late 1960s and was dedicated to obliterating class differences
through violence. At the height of its power in the 1970s, the RAF—founded by,
Not that the Greens have similarity with the RAF. Naturally, oceans of difference separate the two and politically they have nothing in common. But many of their members began in the same idealistic place. In 1998, the split was complete: the political status of each group arrived at wholly different realities.
But will the Greens’ success continue or will they simply
be a phenomenon of one generation? It's a question debated by many. No party
better understands how to play the media game than the Greens. And no party
leader does his job better than
Abandoning the hard line of “boots on the ground” and combining with and the embracing of environmental movement with Leftist/Marxist ideologies and the anti-War ideologies provided a powerful base for the alliance with Islamists.
The Greens gained financial support and the willingness of a cadre of people willing to die for a cause and the Islamists gained the credibility and most important the access to the manpower and halls of power.
According to Susanne Koelbl
writing on August 17 in Spiegel
Online: Terrorists are becoming
increasingly adept at producing high-quality videos. DVDs depicting bloody
beheadings are now available at markets in
That the Internet has become a communication platform for
terrorists—as well as for their supporters and their adversaries—is nothing new.
These days, though, a close monitoring of the Web reveals the increasing
brutality of the international jihadist movement. The radicals' isolation and
desperation is also on full display. The images, though, also document the
vulnerability of Western armies in the remote mountainous regions of
Intelligence services believe that the Pakistani city of
The most important statements issued by the godfather of terror Osama bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Mussab al-Zarqawi, the head of al- Qaeda's Iraq division until he was killed in June, were edited and processed here. What began as an amateur operation producing poor-quality videos has since turned into a highly professional outfit.
In February 2005, Jane's Defense Weekly wrote with concern about what it called “significant developments” in the composition of jihadist terror cells, including “an increase in the number of members who have 'joined' and were no longer 'recruited.'”
An Arabic pamphlet circulating on Islamist Web sites at
about the same time, titled “How can I become a member of
Al-Qaida is no longer merely an organization fighting Jews and crusaders alone. Today the al-Qaeda issues an ‘invitation’ that asks all Muslims to rise up in support of God's religion. ... Whoever answers this call is seen as part of al-Qaeda, whether or not you wish this to happen. But if you are a true Muslim, you have no other choice but to heed this call.
With this approach, al-Qaeda is attracting instant
mujahedeen who like the
The debate over profiling airline passengers revived after
the thwarted Islamist plot to bomb 10 airplanes in
The profiling techniques such as Screening of Passengers
by Observation Techniques, or
The fact that the Muslims are recruiting themselves for al-Qaeda complicates the issue of profiling. As reported in a UPI article on August 16, a number of prominent persons such as the former Metropolitan Police Chief Lord John Stevens has lent his support to profiling at all airports, saying Islamic terrorism in the West has been 'universally carried out by young Muslim men,' usually traveling alone or in small groups.
Meanwhile Times of London columnist
In the event of racial profiling, there will be no Mid-Surrey branch of al-Qaida forming on the hoof. As for cunning disguises, we know them. There are two looks: beard on and beard off,' he wrote.
Evidently neither Lord Stevens or Samuel have ever attended a meeting of the outlawed militant group al-Muhajiroun, which counts numerous young men, women and even children of white and black British descent among its members.
When this UPI journalist went undercover into a London meeting of the group last year, she was shocked to meet a significant number of white British converts to this radical interpretation of Islam, many of whom were young women from middle class families in rural counties such as Dorset, Somerset and yes, even Surrey.
Like their dark-skinned, bearded associates, they too swore allegiance to Osama bin Laden and pledged to raise their children to become suicide bombers, with no apparent concern that they did not fit the usual profile of a potential terrorist.
A similarly flagrant disregard for stereotypes was displayed by July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, of Jamaican origin, and the white British Muslim convert suspected in last week`s airline plot, from the genteel Buckinghamshire town of High Wycombe.
One can be sure that should Osama bin Laden get wind that airport officials are focusing their search on young men of Asian appearance, individuals like these will be the first he turns to carry out his next plot.
Likewise, the assumption that all citizens of the Arab and
Muslim world are of one appearance is mistaken. Throughout the Middle East,
particularly in countries such as
As the Association of Chief
Police Officers rightly warns,
stereotyping terror suspects will 'create a gap' in policing for terrorists to
exploit. Start looking for dark-haired individuals and one can be certain that
Three conclusions emerge from this discussion. First, because Islamist terrorists are all Muslims, there does need to be a focus on Muslims. Second, such notions as "Muslim-only lines" at airports are infeasible; rather, intelligence must drive efforts to root out Muslims with an Islamist agenda.
When antiwar activist and atheist Ned
Lamont, the heir of the Lamont family fortune and its vast political clout
announced he would seek to unseat an incumbent Democratic Senator, all of
Lieberman's Democratic colleagues in the US Senate quickly distanced themselves
from Joe, stating that it would not be right for them to side with either
candidate during the August primary race, adding that—whichever one won—they
would solidly support the winner of the August 9 primary. There was no doubt in
the minds of any of them that the winner would be
On the eve of the election, it was anyone's ball game. So,
late in the 9th inning,
As the Lieberman Campaign worked to get voters to the polls, hackers stepped in. With the primary boiling down to how the candidates used the means at their disposal to provide transport for voters, or directions to polling places, the Lieberman camp discovered their website had been hacked and knocked out of cyberspace. Lieberman supporters who needed a ride to the polls could not access the Lieberman for US Senate website to contact the Campaign for ride share information. Lieberman told reporters that:
“...[s]omething outrageous happened to our website today. It's been hacked and sabotaged and knocked down. We don't know that it's my opponent's campaign—but who else would have the motivation to hack into and knock down our website on primary day?”
This showed the power of the Internet and its role in political movements. These events are not unnoticed by Al-Qaeda, as we will see below.
Lamont forces, of course, denied they had anything to do
with the sabotage—and, they probably didn't. There were enough anti-war,
The anti-war contingent of the Axis of Appeasement plays a role in
This is the group the Islamists and their supporters have apparently hitched their wagon to—at least temporarily. The Internet is also the choice of the Islamists.
Widely recognized as the indispensable tool of anti-war activists, the Internet has indeed revolutionized the organization of social movements in general. As a low cost, global tool for communicating and disseminating information, the Internet works below the radar of the mainstream media, providing a wide variety of information websites, on-line petitions, and up-to-date schedules of events.
MoveOn exemplifies the modern
activist organization, skilled at Internet communication for the purposes of
petition-signing, on-line fundraising, and gathering the masses for street
protests. Founded to promote civic action and democracy, MoveOn has rapidly
become one of the best-known Internet-based organizations involved in the
Since then, MoveOn has leveraged the Internet to create a
new kind of organization with the ability to raise hundreds of thousands of
dollars and move tens of thousands of people to action within hours. On
The organization currently has more than 750 000 members in
More then 30,000 demonstrators filled the streets around the White House chanting, “Stop the US-Israeli war against Lebanon and Palestine” in Washington, D.C. Similar demonstrations were held in other major cities across the country and worldwide. The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation and the National Council of Arab Americans initiated the demonstration.
As reported on the A.N.S.W.E.R website: “Speakers at the Washington D.C. demonstration included,
former Attorney General Ramsey Clark; Mahdi Bray the Executive Director of the
Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; Mara Verheyden-Hilliard an attorney
and co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice; Brian Becker the National
Coordinator of the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition; Dr. Mounzer Sleiman of the National
Council of Arab Americans; Osama Siblani Publisher at Arab American News; Peta
Lindsay Howard University student and Coordinator ANSWER Student and Youth;
and Dr. Clovis Maksoud the Former ambassador from the Arab League to the U.N,
Arab-American Anti Discrimination Committee (
To get some image of the Stop the US Israeli War rally in San
The article posted on the ADL website: ANSWER, Antiwar Rallies and Support for Terror
interesting background on the organization. The ANSWER (Act Now to Stop
War and End Racism) Coalition, which has organized scores of antiwar
demonstrations in the
ANSWER’s National Coordinator Brian Becker described the
march as the first national protest against “the new U.S.-Israeli war” that is
“killing the people of
The August 12 march follows many rallies organized by
ANSWER, IAC and other anti-Israel groups across the country since the start of
Sojourners is a member organization of the Win Without War and United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalitions. Giving voice to Sojourners' intense anti-Americanism, Jim Wallis called the U.S. “… the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life, the great master of humanity and history in its totalitarian claims and designs.” Please note, as a coalition of organizations, UFPJ does not have individual members. Individuals are encouraged to join a local group in their community. For the list of national and international member groups see: United for Peace and Justice. Truly an astounding list brings together the Green Party, anti-war groups, Greenpeace, Code Pink and socialist and communist party organizations.
Many conspiracy theorists attended the
December 2003: At the Second International Cairo Conference, ANSWER representatives met with Hamas leader
To understand the magnitude of impact of the Anti-War
Movement and the list of the organizations interlinked it is suggested that you
read: THE ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT
WAGING PEACE ON
THE BRINK OF WAR
In the Spiegel
SPIEGEL: You also mentioned the
hatred for the
SPIEGEL: But wasn't
SPIEGEL: One main points of
your book is the rather strange coalition between Christian fundamentalists and
the Republican Party. How can such a coalition of the pious lead to moral
catastrophes like the Iraqi prison scandal in
According to report
Recognize that the Muslim Brotherhood has worldwide
influence through its offshoots in the
As reported by the
“Muslims must carry out jihad to liberate all the
The Egyptian-born cleric, best known for his regular
appearances on the Qatari satellite channel,
“There isn't even an Arab willingness to fight
Qaradawi, who now lives in Qatar and has close links to the opposition Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, said that Islamic law, or Shariah, dictated, “if a land of Islam is occupied, the entire population must resist and start jihad.”
The 78-year-old achieved star status with his appearances
On Wednesday 16 August 2006 From Ikhwan’s official
website we learn of the
Islamist Sunni-Shia convergence occurring in
On August 21, 2006,
President Bush pledges the
Speaking at the White House August 21,
“Our nation is wasting no time in helping the people of
Islamists have wasted no
time moving in to gain support. In
these critical first days after the war, Hezbollah and its financial backers in
After the UN-brokered ceasefire solidified, the Lebanese
Islamists announced that they will be a partner in reconstruction operations. In
an exclusive statement to Ikhwanweb, Deputy Chairman of the Lebanese Jama’a
Islamia (The Muslim Brotherhood offshoot in
On October 28,
The Muslim Brotherhood (Al-Ikhwan Al-Muslimun) also known as the Ikhwan is a good example of what the President described and what he must protect us against.
The Muslim Brotherhood (“MB”) organization describes itself
as a political and social revolutionary movement; it was founded in March 1928
The Brotherhood is an expansive and secretive society with
followers in more than 70 countries, dedicated to creating a global Islamic
order that would isolate women and punish nonbelievers. Its members and
Quoting from my latest book: Islamic Economics and the Final Jihad - The Muslim Brotherhood to the Leftist/Marxist - Islamist Alliance.
Al-Banna had connections to Sufism, and he used the sufi-tariqa model for organizing the Brotherhood while
rejecting Sufi “superstitions.” At first, the Muslim Brotherhood concentrated
mainly on moral and social reforms, establishing educational and welfare
programs. Then, following its rapid growth, it became more politically active
and founded a secret military arm. It developed a tightly knit organization with
a network of branches, subdivided into secret cell groups, with a missionary
network that spread into
Al-Banna outlined a gradualist strategy in three stages: the Propaganda (preparation) Stage, the Organization Stage (aimed at educating the people), and finally, the Action Stage. While tactics might change, the strategic objectives of the Brotherhood remain unchanged: to receive explicit political recognition so as to be able to operate freely in the social, economic and political arena, and to implement Shariah in an Islamic state.
The strategy of al-Banna has and is being implemented today
According to Sylvain Besson, an investigative journalist
for the daily newspaper, Time, in Geneva, in his book of “La conquete de L’Occident: Le projet secret des
Islamistes“ (The conquest of the
occident: The secret project of the Islamists),
Swiss authorities made a worrying discovery at the time of a searching
carried out in the villa of Egyptian banker Youssef Nada in Lugano in November
2001. Swiss investigators discovered “The Project,”
an ambitious strategy intended “to establish the
“The Project” is a fourteen-page leaflet, dated December
1982, calling for the Muslim Brotherhood’s conquest of the world. It is a
detailed roadmap to attain this objective. The Muslim Brothers must infiltrate
existing institutions, rather than create their own. It calls for a guerilla war
Nada was the manager of the
The document also recommends “to study the local and world centers of authority, and the possibilities of placing them under influence,” “to enter in contact with all new movements engaged in the jihad wherever that it is on planet, to create cells of the jihad in Palestine,” and “to nourish the feeling of rancor with regard to the Jews.” The document describes the strategy planned to ensure a growing influence of the Brotherhood on the Muslim world. It is stipulated there that the Muslim Brothers “should not act in the name of the Brotherhood, but infiltrate in the existing organizations. Their existence will not be located, and then neutralized.”
Accordingly, the Project could play a part in creation by
the Muslim Brothers and their heirs to a network of religious, educational and
charitable institutions in Europe and in the
The Project indeed recommends “to build institutions—social, economic, scientific and medical, and to penetrate the field of the social services to be in liaison with the people.” Some of the most successful strategies leading to conversion and ultimate membership in jihadist organizations have been through social organizations, including daycare centers and nurseries.
The importance of the Project is due as much to its
history, and that of the men who surround it, than with its contents. Its
intellectual origins go back to the years 1960, when Sa’id Ramadan, the
“theorist as a chief” of the Muslim Brotherhood, found refuge in
In August 2004, the Wall Street Journal revealed that the “Protocol” was quoted during a recent meeting of he European Council for Fatwa and Research (CEFR). According to a participant in the meeting, the Protocol of the Elders showed the existence of a Jewish plot intended to destroy the values morals of the Muslim families. It is understood that to such ideas, the Islamists wanted to react by developing their own “Project.”
Al-Qaradawi’s ideas fall into line with some of the
ideas of the Project. Thus, in a text published in 1990, the CEFR proposed to
develop the presence of the Islamic Movement within the “groups of Jihad” in order “to eliminate all the foreign
influences from the grounds of Islam, from
Just as a side, for most European secret services,
Ramadan, the new advisor on
terrorism to British Prime Minister
Thanks to his pedigree and his talents, Ramadan has emerged
as a significant force in his own right. Symbolic of this, Time magazine in April 2004 named him one of the
world’s top hundred scientists and thinkers. And so when
Also contributing to the West’s understanding of the Islamist’s strategy for world domination is the book The Management of Savagery. Stephen Ulph describes the content of this book as the thinking of an al-Qaeda strategist on the next stages of the struggle. Posted on the al-Ikhlas jihadi forum [http://ekhlas.com/forum] the work is entitled Idarat al-Tawahhush, “The Management of Barbarism,” further defined as “the phase of transition to the Islamic state.” Due to the strategic importance of the document, Terrorism Focus of the Jamestown Foundation has undertaken an in-depth examination of the Arabic text.
Published by the Center of Islamic Studies and Research (an
al-Qaeda affiliate), the 113-page work ‘Management of
Barbarism’ aims to map out the progressive stages of establishing an Islamic
state, from early beginnings in defined areas in the Arabian Peninsula, or
Nigeria, Jordan, the Maghreb, Pakistan or Yemen, and its subsequent global
expansion. The author is
By “Management of Barbarism” the author refers to the
period just after the collapse of a superpower, the period of “savage chaos”. It
appears pointedly to be a method of not repeating the experience of
The ‘Path of Empowerment’ theme constitutes the strategy of
the mujahideen. In this the author further sub-divides into three distinct
1) The Disruption and Exhaustion phase
2) The Management of Barbarism [Savagery] phase
3) The Empowerment phase
In the first “Disruption and Exhaustion” phase, the
mujahideen are to a) exhaust the enemy's forces by stretching them through
dispersal of targets and b) “attract the youth through exemplary targeting such
as occurred at
At the “Management of Barbarism phase”, the mujahideen are to “establish internal security, ensure food and medical supplies, defend the zone from external attack, establish Shariah justice, an armed force, an intelligence service, provide economic sufficiency, defend against [public] hypocrisy and deviant opinions and ensure obedience, and the establishment of alliances with neighboring elements that are yet to give total conformity to the Management, and improve management structures.”
The “Empowerment” phase is an extension of the above. The
policy is to continue Disruption and Exhaustion activities, at the same time
establishing logistic links with the various Management zones. A conspicuous
example of this phase is the series of events leading up to the September 11
attacks on the
[As shown above, the result of the
As for future targeting, this should be variegated “in all
parts of the Islamic world and beyond it. For instance, in striking at tourist
resorts frequented by Crusaders, all tourist resorts will have to be secured,”
with all the dispersal of energy and costs [economic jihad] this involves. The
same goes for Crusader banks in
An important feature of this phase is the attention to be
given to media and propaganda strategy, both for winning support and
recruitment, and for deterring opposition. [The extensive Iranian propaganda
claiming victory for the Hezbollah in
The third theme, “The Most Important Principles and
Policies,” gives details on tactics. After discussing the necessity of
establishing a proper chain of command, in both the doctrinal and military
fields, the author outlines important military principles (“striking with the
heaviest force at the weakest point; a superior enemy is defeated by economic
and military attrition”). He further suggests four major reference sources: “The
Encyclopedia of Jihad (prepared by the mujahideen in
In the sub-section “The Application of Vehemence” subtitled
“The Policy of Paying the Price,”
Stress is then laid upon the need to understand how
international politics work. In the sub-section “Understanding the Rules of the
An important feature of this game, Naji illustrates, is the manipulation of the international media, and ensuring that the message gets through to the target, in its widest sense, and not just to the minority elite. “We must therefore set up an association whose purpose is to ensure the communication of our demands to people, even if this should expose them to dangers akin to the perils of combat … such as the taking of a hostage. After raising the hullabaloo concerning him we demand that media correspondents publish our demands in full in return for his release … Our demand might be a statement of warning or justification for an operation.” An effective response to government media's demonization of mujahid actions is to prepare the ground by first demonizing the target as something Islamically forbidden or serving the economic interests of the enemy. Naji then gives an imaginary scenario of an attempt to adjust oil prices in favor of the people where a deadline is issued and an oil engineer or manager or journalist is kidnapped to ensure that the demand is fully publicized.
Points of weakness
The fourth major theme in the work covers “The Most Pressing Difficulties and Obstacles” that will face the mujahideen. These are listed as the diminution in the numbers of believers as casualties in war, the lack of sufficiently trained administrators (and the relative social distance many of these have from the rank and file) and the problems caused by over-enthusiasm in the behavior of some. Naji also highlights the problems that will be faced with old loyalties to other Islamist groups impeding administration in the new Management phases, or the threat of schism.
It appears to be lack of moral values corresponding to the
Judeo-Christian ideologies and seeking economic gain at any cost further drives
it. Some of the Fellows at Hoover Institute have published recent articles about
the subject but do not seem to have the answer to counter the influence. The
ideologies seem to go back the lack of understanding the risks dating to the
1930’s as noted by Victor Davis Hanson in his article The Brink of Madness and
Man Seeking Consensus
Man by nature seeks consensus. But the means he manipulates for this end do not always serve the purpose. Human history is full of momentous events whereby certain individuals or groups have endeavored to effect an agreement but the consequences of these events have far exceeded the innocence of their initiators. Religions or belief systems have always occupied a significant place in man’s struggle for consensus. Some contemporary intellectuals have stressed the importance of inter-religious communication to the degree that without a factual understanding between the adherents of various world religions, they claim, the future of mankind will remain under threat. In seeking this consensus we are witnessing the rise of the ‘Axis of Appeasement’. The name that is commonly used for this new era is postmodernism.
Following in the footsteps of the pre-postmodern
The uniformity of fundamental beliefs among believers of the same religion is no longer in intact, due to exposition to various propaganda influences of different cultural orientations. Easy access to the knowledge of alien cultures has caused considerable polarization among co-religionists, so much that difference of opinion between two members of a religion on essential matters may become greater than that may exist between members of two different religions. A good example of this is the discrepancy in respect of worldview between a traditional Muslim and a secular one. The former may feel that a practicing Christian is nearer to him than the secular Muslim as far as the similarity between their respective fundamental (metaphysical) beliefs is concerned. In such a situation it would be more befitting for a Muslim that is anxious to propagate his belief, to start with his coreligionist: the so-called secular-minded Muslim, rather than attempting to convert a Christian. It is also this ‘Moral Trade Deficit’ within the Christian church that provides the vacuum being filled by postmodernism and ‘Critical Islam’.
As we witnessed following the 3/11 terrorists attacks on
the trains in
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