Saturday, November 18, 2006

Well, Duh...Ideology is al Qaeda's Achilles' Heel: Study

The following turned up on a few lists. Speaking from the point of view of a person, as I was saying (was it yesterday or the day before?), of someone who's lived through an "Islamization" or two, when people on "that" side of the "Islamic" shop got control of a government, my first reaction to the subject line is exactly that: Well, whop-dee-friggin' Duh!

Of course the assumption that the US government could do something about it is a whole other problem, now isn't it?

And I have snipped most of the article out (you can read it by following the link), but that last paragraph is a wonderful example of how a very interesting concept can then lead to really, really evil policy recommendations and policies...divide and rule, y'all! divide and rule!!

The News Release from the Rand Corporation itself is here and you can read the full two-part report beginning here.

[And apropos of a whole other kind of fundamentalism, the heading below is an example of why the US predilection for using "sentence case", meaning no capital letters for most words in headings makes things so ugly. Tell me, honestly, shouldn't the word "study" have an initial capital letter?]
Ideology is al Qaeda's Achilles' heel: study
Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:40 PM ET

By David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States could discredit al Qaeda in the Muslim world by challenging its violent Islamist ideology and muzzling its leading proponents, an independent report released on Thursday said.

The 364-page study, published by the RAND Corp. think tank, described al Qaeda's Islamist ideology of violent resistance as a "global revolutionary creed" akin to the Marxism-Leninism philosophy that the West defeated with "a robust political warfare" campaign during the Cold War.


Such operations could also exploit ethnic differences by emphasizing al Qaeda's Arab core in non-Arab Muslim countries, and highlight the elevated socioeconomic status of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, scion of a wealthy Saudi family, and his second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri, an Egyptian physician.

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