Thursday, January 20, 2011

Islam not a factor in Tunisian uprising

As'ad Abu Khalil says "Islamists have no role whatsoever in it," but 10 Jews leave Tunisia, just in case.

I noticed the professor doesn't cover the sectarian violence in Iraq, where more people have died in the last week than in the entire jasmine revolution thus far.


Ayrab jayrab said...

lol its because the Tunisians are civilized, not like the crazy Iraqis who live on notions of revenge and settling scores.

You can't help but be jealous of the Tunisians and look at the Iraqi's with pity

Iraqi Mojo said...

'The U.S. Department of Justice said Tahir-Sharif was charged with conspiring to kill Americans abroad and providing material support to a terrorist conspiracy.

Tahir-Sharif “is charged in connection with his support for a multinational terrorist network that conducted multiple suicide bombings in Iraq and that is responsible for the deaths of five American soldiers,” said the justice department in a press release.

The soldiers were killed April 10, 2009, when “a Tunisian jihadist ... drove a truck laden with explosives to the gate of the United States Military's Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq.” '

Iraqi Mojo said...

Oct. 2007: 'THESE, then, are the factors driving the bombers inexorably onwards. First, fury over the occupation, fuelled by images of the dead on Arab TV stations and fundamentalist websites, and fanned by radical imams who damn the "infidels" and praise Al-Qaeda to the heavens.

Second, burgeoning Wahhabism has played into the hands of Sunni extremist groups, directing their attacks increasingly at Iraq's predominantly Shi'ite security forces.

Third, the groups know that suicide attacks are easy, cheap and effective. It is hard to defend against them. They terrify the enemy, cow the general population and cast the government as incompetents, incapable of providing security.

..."These are what I call the 'violent intellectuals'," said Professor Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University, Washington. "They are well educated and highly motivated, two important attributes that ensured success in their education and then business and which will also be useful in ensuring their success as suicide bombers."

And yet they show surprisingly little insight into the big picture in Iraq. They think not of the epic struggle between Sunni and Shi'ite but of gratifying their desire for revenge or glorification on the path to the next world, where at least 70 nymphs will be waiting to give them heavenly fulfilment. '