Thursday, October 26, 2006


Dr. Walid Pharis: It's Always About the Jihad

In an article on the Foundation for Defense of Democracies website, Dr. Walid Pharis argues that many so-called experts in the West continue to see violent Islamic movements as nationalist or local, addressing specific policy grievances or fighting to attain power in a specific country. Instead, Dr. Pharis explains that these groups are classic Islamic jihadists who have the goal of imposing an Islamic government on the entire world and are willing to use violence to take on anyone who gets in their way. Furthermore, they don't carry the fight to infidel nations because of their involvement in Iraq or support for Israel, but because it is the duty of Muslims to carry out jihad until the whole world submits to Islam, regardless of the propaganda they use to justify their violence to the Western press. "All Jihadists have an ideological stake in every single battlefield for Jihad." says Dr. Pharis. "We need to begin understanding their logic and not to apply Western logic on them." His closing advice:
While it is true that Salafists born in Europe and never having been to Algeria are motivated to join the network, the reason behind it is deeper than just a so-called "Islamic anger over conflicts in Iraq , Afghanistan and Israel." These are the reasons invoked by the ideologues, the Salafist propagandists and al Qaeda. The reasons to join are a conviction that they are joining the Jihad, and pleasing Allah. They have been conditioned to see the world as a struggle between infidels and Islam. And it is through this prism that all matters related to international relations are seen and read.

Jihadists who have never been to Palestine, side with Hamas; those who have never seen the jungles of the Philippines, side with Abu Sayyiaf; those who were born in Algeria and were shooting policemen and journalists, decided suddenly to travel to Chechnya to behead Russian soldiers and shoot children in Breslan.

And to bring it back home to the exciting, and often misinformed, debate, we always need to use the Jihadi prism. Yes the Jihadists have been heading to Iraq to fight the American and British infidels, but as a part of a global Jihad against all infidels, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, where ever the opportunity arises and whenever the "emirs" see it fit strategically.
You can read the entire article at FDD.

It is useful to try everything in practise anyway and I like that here it's always possible to find something new. :)
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