Thursday, December 31, 2009

Terrorism must be tackled ideologically

The director of Al Arabiya is correct: We 'Need to Wage War Against Extremist Websites'

'Who Turned Abdulmutallab into a Terrorist?

"Less than a day after the failed attempt to bomb a plane that was flying over the U.S. city of Detroit, a different kind of hunt began – the hunt for the person who instructed Omar Abdulmutallab [to carry out the operation], the person who turned Abdulmutallab into a terrorist. Omar Abdulmutallab is a Nigerian man who left Nigeria young and innocent and left London a prepared terrorist.

"Attention turned towards the Yemeni Sheikh Anwar Al-Awlaki, once again, who believes that he is the Sheikh of the new terrorists. It was this same Sheikh who instructed Major Nidal Hasan, an American of Arab origin, to commit the Fort Hood killings."

"The First Priority Should Be To Confront Extremist Ideology, Its Theorists, and Its Scholars, Before Its Students and Its Soldiers"

"So as not to further complicate this already complex issue, we can sum up the incident as follows: attention turned from pursuing Al Qaeda's army to pursuing its Sheikhs.

"After years of violent war, the image has become clear to everybody today; that 'Al Qaeda' is an ideological problem rather than an organizational one. Whilst there is a lot to do on the ground in order to eradicate this malignant disease, the first priority should be to confront extremist ideology, its theorists, and its scholars before its students and its soldiers. They are the secret to the organization and the reason for its continuation and its ability to recruit [people] and raise money, despite the great losses it has suffered all over the world.

"Abdulmuttalab, who was arrested in Detroit, and is only 23 years of age, spent three years studying mechanical engineering at a London university, and comes from a very moderate Muslim family; his father is a well-known banker in Nigeria and former chairman of First Bank, one of Nigeria's biggest banks.

"Farouk, Abdulmuttalab's father, was so concerned about his son that he alerted authorities, which is quite a rare thing to happen.

"The important question remains: Who convinced the young man [to carry out the operation] and prepared him for the operation? Abdulmuttalab is now in prison, whereas dozens of others or even hundreds like him are still at large."

Al-Awlaki, "The Source of the Problem," is "The Bin Laden of the Internet"

"Al Awlaki is now most wanted – and the source of the problem with regards to at least two crimes: that of [Major] Nidal Hasan, charged with killing 13 people, and [Omar] Farouk Abdulmuttalab, charged with attempting to blow up a plane and with the attempted murder of the 279 passengers on board.

"Al-Awlaki is an important character and it seems he is the bin Laden of the Internet, the leader of an organization that brings together thousands of young men who are communicated with firstly via websites and then dealt with on the ground later. He became a leader and a Mufti who communicated with his students electronically, and he takes part in extensive Daawa [Islamic preaching] through the World Wide Web.

"Just like bin Laden, a cat with nine lives, he was targeted in two similar raids a few days ago and it is possible that he escaped despite news reports of his death."

"Al-Qaeda is an Extremist Ideology That Must First Be Tackled Ideologically"

"The events of the last few weeks have revealed that the war on terror did not end with George W. Bush's absence, and that terrorism did not stop after the release of dozens [of prisoners] from Guantanamo Bay. The retirement or capture of leaders such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed did not and will not stop the recruitment and activity of this terrorist ideology.

"In fact, all of this has only confirmed the old truth that Al-Qaeda is an extremist ideology that must first be tackled ideologically, along with the prosecution of those who support it and the need to wage war against extremist websites in general – which have become larger camps than the first camp that gave its name to the 'Al-Qaeda' organization."


Freeq said...

Unfortunately, a large percentage of Arabs have been sympathizing with terrorists for many many years because of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.

The public celebrations of 9-11 and the widespread approval of that act were well documented in the media. These were average folks honking their horns and passing out candy, not bearded jihadis.

When a large section of the population supports terrorism (even though they are not violent themselves), it creates an attitude that says this is ok.

Support for terrorism in Pakistan was 30% before 2009. 30% is not a fringe opinion - it is mainstream. During 2009 it declined considerably, for obvious reasons. It's not so funny when it's your own getting killed.

For terrorism to end, the personal values of the people must change. Sadly for Pakistan, it required a dose of their own medicine.

Anonymous said...

Freeqshow: Another racist whiteman preaching to Arabs under the delusion he has some sort of moral authority. Hillarious especially when he throws in Pakistanis with the Arabs. What ignorance, but who cares! They are all brown people wearing strange clothes. lol

Anonymous said...

Freeqshow the Afghanistan resistance today killed 8 CIA hitmen. Now that is what you call a "dose of your own medicine" btw, Afghans are also not Arabs, but they are slightly closer to the Arabs geographically. I will go slow I know geography is not you people's strong point.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous" (above) needs to adopt
a nic ; perhaps he'd be satisfied with " SMARTER THAN THE WHITE MAN".


Anonymous said...

"Anonymous" (above) needs to adopt
a nic ; perhaps he'd be satisfied with " SMARTER THAN THE WHITE MAN".


Naaah, that would only narrow me down to a few Billion people. LOL.

I already said my name is Habis

Dolly said...

Yes, the operation against the American CIA hikers™ in Khost yesterday was hilarious.
Freeq is right, you must kill them in order to make them understand violence is wrong
We forward Freeq's message of justice to the 3 children of the female CIA chief who was rightfully blown to smithereens on Wednesday

B Will Derd said...

AQ is an instrument of ideology, not an ideology itself. The ideology is Islam as it was revealed by the Prophet. Much as the SS was not an ideology, they were an instrument for Nazism, their ideology. The
extremists' are emulating the life of the Prophet. That is why few 'moderate' Muslims attempt to engage them on ideology--- the 'radicals' have the words of the Prophet on their side! If you condemn them, you condemn him. Easier to just follow the Islam lite and let the kafir deal with the problem.

Iraqi Mojo said...

Then we should remind them that the Prophet Muhammad respected and defended Christians.

The Promise to St. Catherine:

"This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims' houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God's covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world)."

Iraqi Mojo said...

'The Quran insists strongly that “there shall be no coercion in matters of faith” and commands Muslims to respect the beliefs of Jews and Christians, whom the Quran calls ‘ahl al-kitab’, a phrase usually translated “People of the Book” but which is more accurately rendered “people of an earlier revelation:”

‘Do not argue with the followers of earlier revelation otherwise than in a most kindly manner – unless it be such of them as are bent on evil-doing – and say: “We believe in that which has been bestowed from on high upon us, as well as that which has been bestowed upon you; for our God and your God is one and the same, and it is unto Him that we [all] surrender ourselves.”’

C.H. said...

Dolly, there are a lot of families your heroes will have to send messages to in Pakistan today...after 90 people at a volleyball game were incinerated by one of your shahids. You probably enjoyed that.


Dolly said...

Well, do you understand what is going on in the region C.H.?
The Shi'ite president of Pakistan Zardari is taking cash from Washington in exchange for killing off his own population.
So they launch brutal attacks on the tribal belt

Then, the second part of their joint operation is to play stupid and deny all connection.
So Hillary Clinton will come out and deny that the billions in aid are connected to these raids on the tribal areas.
And then Pakistan will deny they are doing any services for the U.S.

And then the U.S. launches drone attacks on Pakistan, and then Pakistan feigns outrage, even though this was part of their deal.

So, now you expect us to care about Napakistani security?
(Urdu language: napak = dirty)

I would imagine that the first step in reducing violence is for Napakistan to stop attacking the tribal areas.

Iraqi Mojo said...

What was their excuse in the 90s?

'By 1998 some groups "along the Pashtun belt" were banning TV and videos, imposing Sharia punishments "such as stoning and amputation in defiance of the legal system, killing Pakistani Shia and forcing people, particularly women to adapt to the Taliban dress code and way of life."[36] '

B Will Derd said...

Submitting as you seem to feel you should, you refuse to allow fact to interfere with you own BS, right? Muhammad screwed slave girls and allowed his followers to do the same--- didn't he? He pillaged those who refused to submit, didn't he? He commanded his followers to strike the necks of those who refused to submit, didn't he? He made wildly divergent 'revelations' depending on his audience, didn't he? And those who do the same today are following in his footsteps and you and no other 'moderate' Muslim can argue with them without condemning the prophet himself. FACT-- stick you fingers in your ears and ululate loudly--- a time honored practice among your kind.

Boojum said...


You are correct. The White Boys should follow the foreign policy of the Ancients of Stargate.

No interference in the lower planes of existence.

Boojum said...

Dolly at 2:39

Oh, don't you fret. Your jihadi friends will go back to bombing markets and women and children. It's much more fun than killing CIA agents.

David All said...

Thanks for this link, Mojo. I agree with you that the director of Al Arabiya is correct that the ideological basis of terrorism, particularly the preachings of extremist Imans has to be countered first and foremost befored going after its followers. Not to do so is to ensure a steady supply of new soldiers to replace those who are killed or captured. This has been the problem with the anti-terrorist strategy that has been used since 9/11. Perhaps with the Saudis taking the lead on confronting the extremist preachers this is now going to change. Like the interview with Dr. Al-Khayoun linked to an earlier post this story is a hopeful sign of change in the right direction.