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The reasons behind America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan
Abid Mustafa - 10/5/2013
Recently, there has been a lot of coverage about America's planned exit from Afghanistan, which is scheduled to take place at the end of 2014. Hence, it would be good to review whether America has changed its strategic vision for Afghanistan or is the withdrawal purely a tactical move. If it is the latter then what are the factors involved in pushing Washington to leave Afghanistan.
Bonn Conference: Global Shame- Aggressors Now Talk Peacemaking in Afghanistan and Iraq
Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja - 4/19/2012
“If war is a crime what is its name? The Constitution of the United States of America calls it “Treason.” …….So all in all it appears causing unconstitutional war and genocide is a crime; the crime is Treason …..The Judges are the only ones who can achieve prevention without violence. A jurisprudential revolution can prevent war and genocide simply by thinking judicially instead of politically.” (W’Lawpsh, “And Its Name Is Treason!” Dissident Voice: 11/24/2011)
Ten years after 9/11 Jihadis are winning the War
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 9/9/2011
A decade after the jihadi strikes against America’s military and financial centers at the hands of al-Qaida, the question remains: Have we won the war?
Millions of Virgins; Millions of Martyrs.
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/18/2010
Yes, it's true; a fringe minister with just fifty followers in America wanted to burn a Koran. But he didn't. Meanwhile another nut wants to kill all Jews, wipe Israel off the map, destroy the United States, eliminate all Christians, indoctrinate children into being suicide bombers, and carry out a revolutionary war of terrorism for decades no matter how many die and how much destruction occurs.
A Terrorist's World View Signals What Our World View Should Be
Prof. Barry Rubin - 6/27/2010
A dozen words spoken at his trial by Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square would-be bomber, are worth studying very carefully. When asked why he targeted American civilians in the streets of New York, Shahzad replied:
Radical Islamism, its Western Coddlers and its Cures
Prof. Barry Rubin - 11/26/2009
This is perhaps the best newspaper article I've ever read on the phenomenon of radical Islamists in Europe, written from the point of view of those who have left the movement and now discuss how they felt and what they did. Well worth reading. It is by Johann Hari and entitled, "Renouncing Islamism: To the brink and back again."
Brennan on Hizballah: They Can’t Be Terrorists! They Have Lawyers!
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/19/2009
It wasn’t enough that President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan gave a speech which—possibly for the first time in U.S. history—gave a government definition of a religious practice, endorsing Jihad as a noble pursuit. No, he also gave a basic endorsement to a terrorist group which has murdered several hundred Americans.
The Jihad against the Abuse of Jihad
Abukar Arman - 3/24/2009
In light of the rampant extremism and militarism around the world, nothing proves more dangerous than the manipulative alteration of truth to reach certain political ends. In the final analysis, it is this tactic that facilitates the demonization process that blurs ideologies and beliefs in the West and Islamic world. And, no concept is more abused by both sides than the concept of Jihad.
Large Islamic Website Still Carries Material Advocating Destruction of Israel
Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. - 2/6/2009
perators of a British-based Islamic website are speaking out against a charge in a British tabloid that some of its users are extremists targeting leading British Jews. The newspaper story said the alleged “targeting” is in retaliation for Israel’s invasion of Gaza. However, the site continues to carry material advocating the destruction of Israel.
Method in Their Madness
Prof. Barry Rubin - 9/18/2008
One evening you're walking down a street. A robber jumps on you to steal your wallet. You fight back and after a protracted battle you injure him enough so that he flees the scene.
Being a Terrorist Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry
Prof. Barry Rubin - 8/3/2008
The number-one mistake people make trying to understand the Middle East is refusing to believe folks here think differently from themselves. Virtually every development in the Middle East should remind us of this reality.
What's in a Name?
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/29/2008
We all know--though the Western media often doesn't--that radical Arab nationalists, Islamists, and terrorists lie all the time. They then slander and threaten those who point out the truth.
Prisoner Rehabilitated; Fifty Million Die
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/7/2008
Each day we're told that radical Islamists, terrorists, and assorted extremists are going to moderate, so why not negotiate with them, appease them, defuse their grievances, have dialogue, and then everything will be okay.
The Reflecting Pool
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 3/28/2008
Whether you see yourself as a truth seeker, patriotic American, independent thinker or voter, or just someone with bad memories of 9/11, you should make an effort to view The Reflecting Pool, a new independent movie. It is not about 9/11. It is about the credibility of the official government story about 9/11. Though a drama, it is based on meticulously researched facts about 9/11 as revealed in the bonus material on the DVD.
Reform of Islam is Necessary for Civilization
Larry Houle - 12/21/2007
The greatest danger mankind faces is the smuggling of a nuclear weapon by an Islamic Terrorist into a major western city killing millions in the name of and to the greater glory of God. If the hateful teachings of the Koran are not removed from Islam this is the disaster that will destroy civilization as we know it. It will dramatically change human history forever. The stakes are that high.
Islamofascism: Why It Is Fascism and Why Hating It Isn't Racist
Nicholas M. Guariglia - 12/8/2007
This is getting a bit tedious, but for as long as there are those who decry antifascists as something they are not, there must be those who forcefully defend the spirit of antifascism. A few weeks ago, student groups across some 200 universities aligned with commentator David Horowitz, amongst others, to declare Islamofascism Awareness Week. Such “cause-awareness” charades –– global warming/cooling awareness, the danger of giant man-eating squirrels/how to save endangered giant man-eating squirrels, etc. –– where do-gooders sit around a table and discuss how they “feel,” usually leave me wit...
Islam and Islamofascism
Larry Houle - 11/8/2007
The term Islamo - Fascism gives tremendous creditability to Islam. It perpetuates the myth that Islam is a wonderful religion of peace and love that has been hi – jacked and perverted by a few bad apples of evil Islamo – Facsists, Islamic militants, jihadists, Wahhabism, radical Islam, Islamists. There has been no hijacking. There has been no perversion. These demented souls are following exactly the teachings of the Koran and in the footsteps of the Prophet - Muhammad.
Anti-Islamist Bangladeshi Muslim will be in Chicago
Dr. Richard L. Benkin - 10/16/2007
Dhaka, Bangladesh—Muslim journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, who was arrested and tortured after exposing the rise of Islamists in Bangladesh, will visit the United States from October 19 through November 4. Mr. Choudhury will be in Chicago, Washington, New York, and Philadelphia to meet with lawmakers, advocacy and rights groups, and students during his stay. He also will visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and meet Holocaust survivor and author Sam Harris.
The rise and rise of Hizb ut-Tahrir
Jonathan Spyer, Ph.D. - 10/11/2007
Sitting in the best bar in Jerusalem about four months ago (it's called Sira, in case you're interested), I entered into conversation with a tall, ginger-haired young man who turned out to be a member of the Swedish contingent in the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH). Our conversation ranged over the trials and tribulations of the life of a member of TIPH, the very large amounts of money he seemed to be making, and the merits of Jerusalem when compared with other cities in the region.
Terrorism: The Losing Strategy of the Incompetent
John Mangun - 9/11/2007
Across the globe for more than a generation, nations, governments and individuals have lived under the constant threat of violence through terrorism. A discussion of terrorism often centers on the method and the brutality of the attack, be it a person strapped with a bomb on a bus or a car exploding in a crowded street. There is something inherently disdainful about individuals, in their pursuit of a goal, deliberately choosing an action that results in their own death. Even on a traditional battlefield, entering into a combat mission with small chance of survival pushes to the extreme the definitions of courage and bravery.
Caliphatism - Establishing the Kingdom of Allah
David J. Jonsson - 9/11/2007
President George W. Bush in his speech of Speech of September 5, 2006 discussed the Global War on Terror.
The terrorists who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001, are men without conscience - but they're not madmen. They kill in the name of a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs that are evil, but not insane.(Suggsted reading: The Clash of Ideologies: The Making of the Christian and Islamic Worlds) These al Qaeda terrorists and those who share their ideology are violent Sunni extremists. They're driven by a radical and perverted vision of Islam that rejects tolerance, crushes all...
What Drives Jihad?
Manuela Paraipan - 9/11/2007
what are the reasons behind the ongoing attacks since 9/11, on Europe and Asia? In Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, the radical Islam gained popularity because the respective governments failed to accomplish their mission of working in the benefit of the people. The Islamic movements, whether it is the Muslim Brotherhood, Jamaa al-Islamiyya, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, or Hezbollah stepped in and provided various needed services to the people, like education, medical care and monthly stipends for the poor families. Their arms are a declaration of force meant to intimidate the existi...
Profile of Islamic Terrorists
Aliheydar Rzayev, Ph.D. - 9/11/2007
The special features of Islam define the specific character of Islamic terrorism. Teachings about Jihad (one of the main theme of which is the war for faith), raised in the Middle Ages, regard concern in war as religious duty ("fard") of Moslems, and the death in the name of Allah as the best, straight way to Heaven. The Koran preaches peace among "those come to believe" (meaning the Moslems) and allows for peaceful co-existence with the infidels, but justifies the destruction of those, who fight against the Moslems and their faith. One of the methods of this fight is the suicide bomber, who sacrifices them in the name of Allah, according the doctrines of Jihad.
Islam: It's The Ideology, Stupid!
Warner MacKenzie - 7/14/2007
The West’s propensity for ignorance is nothing short of astounding when one considers that, in this first decade of the 21st century, a veritable gold mine of information, on any topic, is available at one’s fingertips via the internet. Never before have books on the subject of Islamic history and terrorism been so prolific, yet the same old dangerously erroneous opinions on the causes of Islamic violence remain as popular, uninformed and widespread as ever.
Islam, Islamic Fundamentalism and Islamic Terrorism
Saberi Roy - 7/12/2007
Islam has become a huge question mark in recent sociopolitical debates. Is Islam a religion of peace or a religion of war? Does Islam promote hatred and all forms of perversion? Is it a religion that justifies terrorism? Is Islam inherently weak and will it bring its own downfall? There is no doubt that certain concepts of Islam are severely problematic like Jihad, subjugation of women, polygamy. The Prophet seems to have at times expressed aggression through the Quran and there are pages devoted to glorifying war or Jihad. We know violence sells as this is a base instinct and is it because of...
Comparing Three Muslim Brotherhoods: Syria, Jordan and Egypt
Prof. Barry Rubin - 7/6/2007
The banner of the Islamist revolution in the Middle East today has largely passed to groups sponsored by or derived from the Muslim Brotherhood. This article develops an introductory examination of three key Muslim Brotherhood groups and compares their politics, interrelations, and methods. Each, of course, is adapted to the conditions of a particular country.
The Quranic Concept of War - Book Review
Lt.-Colonel Joseph C. Myers - 7/5/2007
“The universalism of Islam, in its all-embracing creed, is imposed on the believers as a continuous process of warfare, psychological and political, if not strictly military... The Jihad, accordingly, may be stated as a doctrine of a permanent state of war, not continuous fighting.”
— Majid Khadduri2
Political and military leaders are notoriously averse to theory, but if there is a theorist about war who matters, it remains Carl von Clausewitz, whose Vom Kriege (On War) has shaped Western views about war since the middle of the nineteenth century.”3 Both points are likely true and problem...
Iqbal Latif - 7/5/2007
The head of the Lal Masjid Abdul Aziz Ghazi posed as an "aunty" while trying to escape on Wednesday in a burqa from the shrine surrounded by Pakistani troops. Maulana Aziz was carrying a lady’s handbag stuffed with a lipstick, an ID card of a woman and a diary. it appears that the Maulana finally gave in to the surroundings and pressures of his medieval madrassa. He ended up his shallow defiance by adopting a burqa, making the dictum work that if you cant beat them join them.
Islamist 'Democratic' Parties
Dominic Whiteman - 5/27/2007
Although talk of an Islamicisation of Europe is both exaggerated and unhelpful, and no other great threat to democracy exists (while China and Russia behave themselves), it is time now – in the early days of the twenty first century - to ask the nations of the West and the democratic world, in a series of referenda, whether they wish to carry on with their democratic systems of government. Furthermore, it would be helpful, through probing surveys, to ask the undemocratized world if they are keen to remain undemocratized or whether they too would prefer to become democratic states.
Joel C Pousson - 5/7/2007
Many in the West declaim the apparent absence of "Moderate Muslim" voices speaking out against the perversion of Islam used to excuse Islamicist attacks against innocent people in pursuit of political aims. However, mass protests in several cities in Turkey on Saturday, May 5, 2007 in opposition to the candidacy of Islamicist politician Mohammed Gul prove otherwise.
Jihad and Paradise
Anwar Sheikh - 5/6/2007
Since Jehad is the sure means of access to paradise, the abode of choicest carnal-delights-after-death, sex and violence combine to form the basic approach of Islam to coax man into a web of salvation. This is the most effective exploitation of his natural fear and sense of uncertainty.
Jihad and Civilization, Part 2 (The Battle of Tours)
Anwar Sheikh - 5/3/2007
The Battle of Tours (also known as the Battle of Poitiers) is considered as one of the most important episodes of history. Before discussing its ramifications, one ought to probe into the causes that precipitated the bloody event in 732 A.D. Its major cause is Jihad, a clever contrivance of Islam, whose stated purpose is to establish on man the rule of Allah, "the Almighty, the Creator and the Perfect."
Jihad and Civilization, Part 1 (The Battle of Badr)
Anwar Sheikh - 5/2/2007
The Battle of Badr is a tiny event by any stretch of the imagination, yet it has significantly influenced the course of human history. A deeper study of the episode reveals that this mole assumed mountainous proportions because it served as the first practical exposition of the Islamic doctrine known as JEHAD.
How Iranian Textbooks Prepare School Children for Global Jihad and Martyrdom
Ghazal Omid - 2/19/2007
Ghazal Omid was invited by honorable MP Louise Ellman to speak on the research found by Dr Arnon Groiss, co-author “Iran’s War Curriculum” & Dr Yohanan Manor, Chairman of CMIP. Below is her speech:
Understanding The Mind Of The Jihadist
David J. Jonsson - 2/6/2007
The war on terror might be lost not on the streets of Baghdad but in the corridors of Congress. A divided America and Anti-Americanism serves our enemies well. Soon we may see a vote in Congress that says, "We can't stop the surge plan, but we don't support it." It is time for America to understand who the enemy is, the murderous ideology that is driving them and their strategy for success. This would be the Islamist's greatest fear.
How do the terrorists justify terror by citing Islam?
Iqbal Latif - 10/3/2006
The Farewell Pilgrimage of the Prophet Muhammed was a significant historical event in the Muslims life. Although thousands of Muslims witnessed the Farewell (last) Sermon given by the Prophet Muhammed, the Hadiths books reported at least three versions of the same Sermon. For an event witnessed by over 10,000 people an accurate narration should have been available, but it has not.
The Jihad and the West - Part II
Mohammed Ayoob - 9/27/2006
Jihad as armed struggle was associated with early expansion of Muslim territories and then took on a more defensive connotation in the 19th century, after Muslim nations were subjected to colonization by European powers. This two-part series explores the role of jihad in modern society, and the second article calls on Islamic scholars to consider dispensing with the term when it comes to politics or analysis of wars over national boundaries. Mohammed Ayoob, professor of international relations, traces the history of the term, offering a reminder that the most profound form of ⌠jihad¡ö is...
The Jihad and the West – Part I
Riaz Hassan - 9/23/2006
Before defining or reacting to the word “jihad,” the meaning must be considered in its historical context. This two-part series debates the meaning and role of “jihad” in a modern global society. In Part I, sociologist Riaz Hassan cautions that any interpretation that dismisses jihad as merely a violent manifestation of religious fanaticism strips the term of its complexity. Throughout history, jihad has connoted the personal goal of the betterment of oneself, the nationalist goal of the glorification of a state, the theological struggle for the purification of Islam and the political struggle...