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Here’s a recent round-up of the “Overseas Contingency” on Islamofascism

April 5, 2009
Here’s a recent round-up of the “Overseas Contingency” on  Islamofascism
 
Obama Scraps ‘Global War on Terror’ for ‘Overseas Contingency …Mar 25, 2009 … Obama has reportedly ordered an end to use of the phrase.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/03/25/report-obama-administration-backing-away-global-war-terror/
 
 
Pakistan: Fear imposed by Taliban in Swat Valley restricts freedom …
Human Rights Education Associates (press release) – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
Reporters Without Borders is alarmed about the impact that the imposition of the Sharia (Islamic law) in Pakistan’s northern Swat valley is having on press …
http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=2&language_id=1&headline_id=8957
 
Suicide attacks in Pakistan kill 25 United Press International
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/04/Suicide-attacks-in-Pakistan-kill-25/UPI-63251238883834/
 
Suicide attack on Pakistan security checkpoint kills 12 CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/04/pakistan.drone.attack/
 
Attacks in Pakistan kill nearly 30 people Australia Network News
http://australianetworknews.com/stories/200904/2535262.htm?desktop
 
 
Fatah, Hamas play the blame game
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH Hamas and Fatah officials traded accusations over the weekend, holding each other responsible for the collapse of the reconciliation …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1238562906831&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
 
 Israeli 13-year-old killed in West Bank ax attack – Apr 2, 2009
A 13-year-old boy was killed and a 7-year-old boy was badly wounded, Israeli emergency services said. A murky militant group calling itself the Martyrs of …
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD97AANS80
 
Palestinian kills Israeli teenager with pickax Apr 2, 2009 … A Palestinian killed an Israeli teenager with a pickax and seriously … Play Video AP – Israeli 13-year-old killed by ax in West Bank …
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090402/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians
 
Washington Times – Israeli 13-year-old killed in West Bank ax attack, Apr 2, 2009 … An ax-wielding Palestinian militant went on a rampage Thursday…, killing an Israeli 13-year-old and …
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/02/israeli-13-year-old-killed-in-west-bank-ax-atta-1/
 
Hamas: Bat Ayin attack (on Israeli innocent teens) a natural response to the (so called) “occupation”
Jerusalem Post – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
… killed a 13-year-old and injured a 7-year-old boy, was simply a natural response to the Israeli “occupation,” a Hamas spokesperson said on Thursday. …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1238562892997&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
 
Hamas threats to kidnap more Israeli soldiers
Xinhua – ‎Mar 28, 2009‎
GAZA, March 28 (Xinhua) — Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, threatened on Saturday to kidnap more Israeli soldiers to exchange …
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/28/content_11091623.htm
 
Most Gaza fatalities were militants Monsters and Critics.com
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/article_1467182.php/Israeli_army_says_most_Gaza_fatalities_were_militants_
 
 
World Briefing | Asia Afghanistan: 20 Die in Hostilities
New York Times – ‎Apr 3, 2009‎
By AP Coalition and Afghan forces killed 12 militants and one civilian in Logar Province, south of the capital, late Thursday, a police official said Friday …
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/world/asia/04briefs-Afghan.html
 
Coalition Troops Kill 35 Insurgents in Afghanistan Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-04-voa10.cfm
 
 
Afghan president orders review of marital law
The Associated Press – ‎04,04,09
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvWEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD97BOVRG0
 
President Obama Calls New Women-Oppressing Afghan Law “Abhorrent … ABC News
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/04/president-oba-4.html
 
Women choose exile as Taliban laws return Times Online
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6036521.ece
 
 
Seven killed by truck bomb in northern Iraq
Reuters – ‎Apr 1, 2009‎
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Seven people were killed, including four police officers, when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into the compound of
http://uk.reuters.com/article/gc05/idUKLN30565920090331
 
Gays killed in Baghdad as clerics urge clampdown
Reuters – April 4, 2009
… lesbians in Iraq since the rise of religious militias after US-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein six years ago. “Two young men were killed on Thursday. …
http://uk.reuters.com/article/gc05/idUKTRE53312Q20090404
 
Iraqi police: 2 gay men killed in Baghdad slum The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hwK_CSpBxsNuVUEaDuOwmSSCiqGwD97BP3FG1
 
Some Iraqis fear return of sectarian violence Kansas City Star
http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/1124745.html
 
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4265
Forbes – ‎Apr 3, 2009‎
The figure includes eight military civilians killed in action. At least 3425 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the …
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/04/03/ap6255164.html
 
 
Somalia: Islamists Claim Victory
AllAfrica.com – ‎Mar 16, 2009‎
Mogadishu — Al-Shabab Islamists claimed Monday victory over fighting in central Somalia which killed many people on Saturday and Sunday in Wabho and Dac …
http://allafrica.com/stories/200903161805.html
 
Somali Islamists ban khat and cigarettes
Daily Nation – ‎Mar 29, 2009‎
The Islamists authority in Dhobley town at the border between Somalia and Kenya Sunday announced a total prohibition of miraa (khat) chewing and cigarette …The Citizen Daily
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/554332/-/13q0u4sz/-/
 
Somali Islamists confirm “detention” of five Kenyan nationals
Xinhua – ‎Mar 26, 2009‎
MOGADISHU, March 26 (Xinhua) — The Islamist Al-Shabab movement Thursday said they detained five Kenyan nationals after they crossed into Somalia
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/27/content_11079440.htm
 
Islamists seize Kenya officials BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7965511.stm
 
Somali Islamists behead two sheikhs – group
Reuters – ‎Mar 20, 2009‎
By Abdi Sheikh and Abdi Guled MOGADISHU, March 20 (Reuters) – Somalia’s hardline al Shabaab insurgents have beheaded two sheikhs from a rival Islamist …
http://www.reuters.com/article/africaCrisis/idUSLK425430
 
ANALYSIS-Qaeda’s Somalia allies on the defensive, for now Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/africaCrisis/idUSLJ970165
 
 
Hezbollah Entering US Through Mexico?
FOXNews – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎
Now, according to her reporting, the terrorist organization Hezbollah has been using Mexican drug smuggling routes to enter the US Sarah A. Carter is the…
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511520,00.html
 
Terrorism and Drug Routes
ThreatsWatch.Org – ‎Mar 27, 2009‎
Once again we are reminded of the seriousness of border security and the terrorist implications by the revelation that Hezbollah uses Mexican drug (cartel) …
http://threatswatch.org/rapidrecon/2009/03/terrorism-and-drug-routes/
 
Hezbollah using drug smuggling routes MarketWatch (press release)
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/hezbollah-using-drug-smuggling-routes/story.aspx?guid=%7BA14CB7E3-86EE-4ECE-A417-E31BF77E65FD%7D&dist=msr_2
 
The Mullah, the Caudillo, and the Terrorist
AMERICAN.COM: A Magazine of Ideas, Online – ‎Apr 1, 2009‎
The administration has skirted the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and appears to have restarted trade skirmishes with Mexico, blocking Mexican trucks from …
http://www.american.com/archive/2009/march-2009/the-mullah-the-caudillo-and-the-terrorist
 
Family Security Matters Exclusive: Kaboom – The Last Sound Heard after North Korea or Iran …
Family Security Matters – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
Can we think of a greater or clearer present danger than what is going on with our Mexican border? When entire portions of US states, and the citizens …
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.2901/pub_detail.asp
 
Hezbollah Working With Drug Cartels and Sharing Routes into US
DigitalJournal.com – ‎Mar 27, 2009‎
The former DEA chief says that Hezbollah is using Mexican drug routes to smuggle people and contraband into the United States.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/269984
 
 
Report: Iranian defector tipped Syrian nuke plans The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ge4oHlrAOPr_X_cLSzTuqwUX5fBAD971BHEG3
 
Obama & Khamenei
Persian Journal – ‎Mar 31, 2009‎
He considers any democratic system as the enemy of Islamofascism, and rightfully so. * He works ceaselessly, expands Iran’s stolen funds, and does all he …
http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_29035.shtml
 
An Olive Branch For A Terrorist State
Investor’s Business Daily (subscription) – ‎Mar 20, 2009‎
War On Terror: Is there some grand strategy behind President Obama’s “Happy Persian New Year” video message to Iran? Or is America embracing the naive …
http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=322441764984684
 
Life And Death Lessons The Us Still Needs to Learn for Survival
Evening Bulletin – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎
Every minute, Islamofascist murderous maniacs are plotting to blow us up, behead us, nuke us and destroy us. The threat practically smashes us in the face. …
http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/30/herb_denenberg/doc49d0960879a28312477498.txt

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Arab Shame: A League of Theirs Blown About – News & Issues – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
Finally, in a crowning shame, there was the Arab League’s rallying around Sudan’s Hassan al-Bashir, the genocidal leader behind Sudan’s various …
http://middleeast.about.com/b/2009/04/02/arab-shame-a-league-of-theirs-blown.htm

African Union Authority – A Shame, a Joke New Era – ‎Mar 13, 2009‎
AU could not even solve the challenges of genocide committed by Sudan’s Al-Bashir’s regime against innocent African children and women in Darfur, …Human Rights Council discusses human rights situations that …
http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=3019

ReliefWeb (press release) – ‎Mar 17, 2009‎
The Federation welcomed the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court for the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. …
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/MYAI-7Q984U?OpenDocument

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Israel ‘occupies’ no Arab territories

November 25, 2008

Nov 18, 2008 19:32 | Updated Nov 19, 2008 10:03
Israel ‘occupies’ no Arab territories
By LOUIS RENE BERES

 

In urgent matters of national survival and geopolitics, words matter. The still generally unchallenged language referring provocatively to an Israeli “Occupation” always overlooks the pertinent and incontestable history of the West Bank (Judea/Samaria) and Gaza.
A topographical map of Israel, delineating the 1967 borders.
Photo: Courtesy
Perhaps the most evident omission concerns the unwitting manner in which these “Territories” fell into Israel’s hands in the first place. It is simply and widely disregarded that “occupation” followed the multi-state Arab aggression of 1967 – one never disguised by Egypt, Syria or Jordan.

A sovereign state of Palestine did not exist before 1967 or 1948. Nor was a state of Palestine ever promised by UN Security Council Resolution 242. Contrary to popular understanding, a state of Palestine has never existed. Never.

Even as a nonstate legal entity, “Palestine” ceased to exist in 1948, when Great Britain relinquished its League of Nations mandate. During the 1948-49 Israeli War of Independence (a war of survival fought because the entire Arab world had rejected the authoritative United Nations resolution creating a Jewish state), the West Bank and Gaza came under the illegal control of Jordan and Egypt respectively. These Arab conquests did not put an end to an already-existing state or to an ongoing trust territory. What these aggressions did accomplish was the effective prevention, sui generis, of a state of Palestine. The original hopes for Palestine were dashed, therefore, not by the new Jewish state or by its supporters, but by the Arab states, especially Jordan and Egypt.

LET US return to an earlier history. From the Biblical Period (ca. 1350 BCE to 586 BCE) to the British Mandate (1918 – 1948), the land named by the Romans after the ancient Philistines was controlled only by non-Palestinian elements. Significantly, however, a continuous chain of Jewish possession of the land was legally recognized after World War I, at the San Remo Peace Conference of April 1920. There, a binding treaty was signed in which Great Britain was given mandatory authority over “Palestine” (the area had been ruled by the Ottoman Turks since 1516) to prepare it to become the “national home for the Jewish People.” Palestine, according to the Treaty, comprised territories encompassing what are now the states of Jordan and Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza. Present-day Israel comprises only 22 percent of Palestine as defined and ratified at the San Remo Peace Conference.

In 1922, Great Britain unilaterally and without any lawful authority split off 78 percent of the lands promised to the Jews – all of Palestine east of the Jordan River – and gave it to Abdullah, the non-Palestinian son of the Sharif of Mecca. Eastern Palestine now took the name Transjordan, which it retained until April 1949, when it was renamed as Jordan. From the moment of its creation, Transjordan was closed to all Jewish migration and settlement, a clear betrayal of the British promise in the Balfour Declaration of 1917, and a patent contravention of its Mandatory obligations under international law.

On July 20, 1951, a Palestinian Arab assassinated King Abdullah for the latter’s hostility to Palestinian aspirations and concerns. Regarding these aspirations, Jordan’s “moderate” King Hussein – 19 years later, during September 1970 – brutally murdered thousands of defenseless Palestinians under his jurisdiction.

IN 1947, several years prior to Abdullah’s killing, the newly-formed United Nations, rather than designate the entire land west of the Jordan River as the long-promised Jewish national homeland, enacted a second partition. Curiously, considering that this second fission again gave complete advantage to Arab interests, Jewish leaders accepted the painful judgment. The Arab states did not. On May 15, 1948, exactly 24 hours after the State of Israel came into existence, Azzam Pasha, Secretary General of the Arab League, declared to a tiny new country founded upon the ashes of the Holocaust: “This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre.”

This unambiguous declaration has been at the very heart of all subsequent Arab orientations toward Israel, including those of “moderate” Fatah. Even by the strict legal standards of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Arab actions and attitudes toward the microscopic Jewish state in their midst has remained patently genocidal. For some reason, this persistence has repeatedly been made to appear benign.

IN 1967, almost 20 years after Israel’s entry into the community of nations, the Jewish state, as a result of its unexpected military victory over Arab aggressor states, gained unintended control over the West Bank and Gaza. Although the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war is codified in the UN Charter, there existed no authoritative sovereign to whom the Territories could be “returned.” Israel could hardly have been expected to transfer them back to Jordan and Egypt, which had exercised unauthorized and terribly cruel control since the Arab-initiated war of “extermination” in 1948-49. Moreover, the idea of Palestinian “self-determination” had only just begun to emerge after the Six Day War, and – significantly – had not even been included in UN Security Council Resolution 242, which was adopted on November 22, 1967.

For their part, the Arab states convened a summit in Khartoum in August 1967, concluding: “No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it….” The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was formed three years earlier, in 1964, before there were any “Israeli Occupied Territories.” Exactly what was it, therefore, that the PLO sought to “liberate” between 1964 and 1967?

This question should now be raised in connection with the US-sponsored “Road Map To Peace in the Middle East,” a twisted cartography leading to “Palestine.”

THIS HAS been a very brief account of essential historic reasons why the so-called “Palestinian Territories” are not occupied by Israel. Several other equally valid reasons stem from Israel’s inherent legal right to security and self-defense. International law is not a suicide pact. Because a Palestinian state would severely threaten the very existence of Israel – a fact that remains altogether unhidden in Arab media and governments – the Jewish State is under no binding obligation to end a falsely alleged “Occupation.” No state can ever be required to accept complicity in its own dismemberment and annihilation.

Both Israel and the United States will soon have new leadership. Neither Jerusalem nor Washington should be deceived by the so-called “Road Map To Peace in the Middle East,” a twisted bit of highway that makes entirely inaccurate claims about “Palestinian Territories” and “Israeli Occupation.” For substantially documented reasons of history and national security, it is imperative that a twenty-third Arab state never be carved out of the still-living body of Israel.

A topographical map of Israel, delineating the 1967 borders.
Photo: Courtesy
If anyone should still have doubts about Palestinian intentions, they need look only to former Prime Minister Sharon’s “disengagement” from Gaza, an area that is now used by Hamas to stage rocket attacks upon Israeli noncombatants, and by al-Qaeda to mount future terrorist operations against American cities.

The writer, a professor of International Law at Purdue University, is the author of many books and articles dealing with military affairs and international law.
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Mohamed Sifaoui: “I Consider Islamism to Be Fascism”

November 22, 2008

Mohamed Sifaoui: “I Consider Islamism to Be Fascism”
Middle East Quarterly
Spring 2008, pp. 13-17

Mohamed Sifaoui was born on July 4, 1967, and spent most of his childhood in Algeria. He holds a master’s degree in political science and studied theology for two years at the University of Algiers and for two additional years at Zeitouna University’s Institute of Theology in Tunis. In 1994, he began work for the Algerian daily Le Soir and survived a February 11, 1996 bomb attack at Le Soir‘s headquarters at the Maison de la Presse. In 1999, the French government granted him political asylum after he received death threats both from Algerian Islamists and the military. In Paris, Sifaoui works at the French weekly Marianne. Between October 2002 and January 2003, he infiltrated an Al-Qaeda cell in France in order to research his book, Mes frères assassins: Comment j’ai infiltré une cellule d’Al-Qaïda. (My assassin brothers: How I infiltrated an Al-Qaeda cell).[1]

Sophie Fernandez Debellemanière, a former intern at Le Figaro and The Weekly Standard, interviewed Sifaoui in Paris on September 12, 2007, after meeting him at a 9-11 ceremony on the Champ de Mars.

In Islamism’s Cross Hairs

Middle East Quarterly: Did you flee Algeria because of the terrorist attack on Le Soir?

Mohamed Sifaoui: No. Throughout the 1990s, I was determined to stay. I only left in 1999 when I was sentenced to one year in jail for insulting the head of state. I had criticized President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s reconciliation policy because I considered it unfair to grant amnesty to a terrorist without even judging him. The Algerian government talked about peace without ever recognizing there was a war. The terrorists suddenly got themselves released with the same rights as the victims’ families. Bouteflika’s behavior towards his people was criminal. They wanted to send me to jail at the same time they were releasing criminals.

MEQ: You stayed longer than most. Were people right to leave Algeria?

Sifaoui: The intellectuals and journalists who left Algeria when the murders started in 1992 were right to do so because the risk was real. Survival instinct is natural and legitimate. It would be indecent to judge them because fear is a legitimate human feeling. In this sense, I was the one being unreasonable by risking my life to stay.

MEQ: Why did you stay in Algeria?

Sifaoui: I didn’t want to leave the country under pressure, because of the possibility of another terrorist attack. Nor do I believe that I was especially brave to stay. It is not a question of being brave or weak. The only thing that matters is the message and the values that you want to transmit. As a journalist, I felt that I had to stay. We never obtained press freedom in Algeria, but I wanted to struggle to get a small part of it. We made some progress, but then, Islamism took us backward. By staying, I wanted to show that I would not accept submission to Islamist censorship and its diktat.

MEQ: Are you still worried? After all, two bodyguards are supervising this interview.

Sifaoui: No, I am not worried. I have built sort of a shell around me. I keep calm, and I do not panic. Honestly, I prefer not to think about it; otherwise, I would worry too much.

MEQ: Are you proud today to have risked your life for your ideas?

Sifaoui: Yes, because I am lucky enough to be alive. It is a shame that those who died did not leave for safety. I stayed because I felt that I was able to accomplish this act of resistance. Each person resists in his or her own way; each does what he or she feels able to. Among the members of the World War II resistance, some hid other resisters; some hid Jewish families or helped them escape to Switzerland, and some failed only to denounce them. For me, at this time, my resistance to fundamentalism is based on a determination not to concede any ground to the Islamists but to keep on writing and to defy danger everyday.

MEQ: What was your reaction to Al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri’s appeal on September 20, 2007, “to wipe sons of France and Spain” out of the Maghreb?[2]

Sifaoui: I’ve been expressing the same warnings about Islamist terrorism for years. Zawahiri’s statement doesn’t surprise me. Since the GSPC [Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat] pledged its allegiance to Al-Qaeda in September 2006, Algerian terrorists and Al-Qaeda leaders expressed their objective very clearly: Intensify terrorist attacks against the Algerian regime and its institutions, as well as against lay and democratic people, targeting Western and especially French citizens.

MEQ: Do you believe that Zawahiri was referring to the descendants of former colonists in Algeria by using the expression “sons of?” Or was this the result of too literal a translation of the Arabic?

Sifaoui: No! This has nothing to do with any literal translation! Zawahiri is referring to all French and Spanish citizens by saying “sons of.” Al-Qaeda’s targets are all the French and Spanish citizens in the Maghreb.

MEQ: Less than twenty-four hours after the release of Zawahiri’s message, a terrorist attack in Lakhdaria in northern Algeria, fifty miles southeast of Algiers, wounded two French citizens, one Italian, and six Algerians.[3] Is this attack a sign that the European presence in the Maghreb is in jeopardy?

Sifaoui: I would not be so pessimistic, but such a quick reaction indicates how organized and coordinated Al-Qaeda and the GSPC are. It also shows the Algerian regime’s incapacity to deal with terrorism.

An Islamist and Fascist Nexus?

MEQ: Would you use the term Islamo-fascism to describe this threat?

Sifaoui: I certainly am one of the first Muslims to consider Islamism to be fascism. This is not a subjective decision but rather a serious, academic argument. Fascism and Islamism are comparable in many aspects: Fascism, without evoking all its particularities, bears similarities to trends also present in Islamism. I am, of course, making a reference to their will to exterminate the Jews. On this point, the Islamists may go even further in their doctrine than the Nazis did, considering that the end of the world could only occur when there are no Jews left on earth. In the three monotheist religions, apocalypse, end of the world, and doomsday exist and are liturgical events invested with a high degree of spirituality. Hence, the Islamists interpret the end of the world in a very special way. Whereas it is written nowhere in the Qur’an, exegetes describe the end of the world as the day when even the trees and rocks will be able to talk and tell the Muslims: “Come here, there is a Jew hiding behind me. Come and kill him.” And this would go on, until there would not be any Jew left on earth. This ideology is pure fascism.

MEQ: Are there other similarities?

Sifaoui: The will to exterminate or do harm to homosexuals is another similarity between Nazism and Islamism. The Islamists, also, say that they are the best community in the world, a superior race thanks to their beliefs. They use political means to arrive at this erroneous exegesis. I do not fear to call it fascism. And there are many more similarities between fascism and Islamism.

Islamism vs. Moderate Islam

MEQ: Do you believe it is possible to criticize Islamism without being called a racist?

Sifaoui: Absolutely, I would say that one must criticize Islamism. When I am criticizing Nazism, I am not being anti-German.

MEQ: When did you feel for the first time that you had to criticize Islamism?

Sifaoui: I have always felt that it was a moral duty.

MEQ: Do you believe that moderate Islam exists?

Sifaoui: Of course, it does. If the majority of Muslims were not moderate, Islamists would have destroyed the Western world a long time ago. Despite its technological lead, its nuclear power, and all its armies, the Western world would never be able to face an Islamist world entirely convinced by the terrorist cause. One billion people supporting Al-Qaeda would reduce the rest of the world to ashes. Islam contains violent texts that need not be applicable today. Islam is a religion of moderation. I know because I studied theology for four years.

Perhaps 20 percent of Muslims on the planet must be totally reeducated. We have to fight them politically, ideologically, and also militarily. Western societies do not fight them well; whenever they try to do so, they end up strengthening them.

One proof that moderate Islam exists is the huge number of sympathy messages that I received from Muslim people when my investigative story on Al-Qaeda Salafist networks, J’ai infiltré une cellule islamiste, was broadcast on French television M6.

Iran

MEQ: Given the Islamists’ vision of apocalypse, do you believe that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would fear reprisal should Iran attack Israel? Should Western analysts rely on Iran’s rationality?

Sifaoui: Too many Western analysts look at any adversary through a Western lens. Western analysts believe that Al-Qaeda is as rational as the Basque separatist group ETA [Euskadi Ta Askatasuna] or the Irish Republican Army. My personal history, culture, and investigative journalism work allow me to understand what Westerners cannot see: Iran will attack Israel as soon as it can.

MEQ: Doesn’t Iran take into account the eventuality of its own destruction?

Sifaoui: No, it does not. Martyrdom is exalted in Iran. Iranians view annihilation positively. The Islamists’ main purpose is to create the conditions for the West to believe that chaos is possible. The argument that says that Iran will not attack Israel because of immediate and massive retaliation from Israel and the United States is absolutely wrong. The Islamists would welcome such retaliation in order to cement coalitions among Muslim peoples and to encourage riots in the Arab street. U.S. military action, or even its prospect, coincides with Islamists’ interests. That is the reason why I was against the war in Iraq.

MEQ: Can you explain?

Sifaoui: Between October 2002 and January 2003, I spent four months infiltrating an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell in France. Two months before the launching of the Iraq war, when I was in the midst of the group, one of the Islamists said, “Now we are going to pray for George Bush to attack Iraq.” I was surprised and acted as if I were stupid: “Really? Why do you want America to kill our brothers?” The most clever and elevated in Al-Qaeda’s hierarchy, Amara Saïfi [the GSPC’s emir in London] whispered to me, “All over the world, our brothers are now praying for George Bush to attack Iraq. War between the Muslim world and the Western world is bound to happen. Unfortunately, Muslims are too divided. Far too many of them do not pray regularly and neglect religion and jihad. In order to unify and mobilize all these people, we have to continue what we initiated on 9-11. We attacked America to make her retort everywhere in the Muslim world, in order to create a real war between Muslims and the West, and especially Israel.”

MEQ: That’s incredible.

Sifaoui: Another of the group added, “Once Iraq is at war, many of our brothers will go there to fight jihad. George Bush will have answered our prayers by suppressing our enemy Saddam Hussein and unifying the Muslims in jihad. Then as Westerners do not know how to fight attrition wars, we know that they will inevitably get stuck. We will wait until they leave in order to establish an Islamist state in Iraq. This war will be a pretext to launch terrorist attacks in Europe as well.”

Unfortunately, you can see their theory is valid. They predicted exactly what is happening.

[1] Paris: Le Cherche-midi Editeur, 2003.
[2] Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Special Dispatch Series, no. 1721, Sept. 21, 2007; “Warden Message,” Embassy of the United States of America, Algiers, Algeria, Sept. 24, 2007; Andrew Black, “Recasting Jihad in the Maghreb,” Terrorism Monitor, Oct. 25, 2007.
[3] “Warden Message,” Sept. 24, 2007.

Related Topics: Freethinking & Muslim apostasy, North Africa, Radical Islam

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