The Hidden Agenda of Radical Islamic Fundamentalists
Guest posting by Mike DePinto
“It is the nature of war that each side must hide as much as can be hidden. The secrecy of this war goes deeper. More than in any other war I have studied, the true reasons for each side’s actions are hidden from view.” America’s Secret War by George Friedman.
The recent protesting and rioting by radical Islamists has a fundamental purpose and strategy designed to elicit a reaction from both the Muslim and Non-Muslim world. These protestors almost certainly have been organized or at least incited by enemies of the West. In doing so, the leaders of these extremist groups desire two results - to unify the Muslim population as an army against the all others and to convince Westerners that all Muslims are soldiers in the army sworn to destroy the West. Certainly, many Muslims abhor violence, but these Muslims have not risen up to decry it either. This leaves a huge opportunity for violent Islamic extremists and their leaders. By creating anger and prejudice among Non-Muslims against Islam, the extremists hope to alienate traditionally nonviolent Muslims from the mainstream of civilization. In doing so, they hope to gain support and strength from the entire Muslim population for their goal to resurrect the Caliphate.
In America’s Secret War, George Friedman argues that, “[i]n Al Qaeda’s view, an Islamic rising could occur only when there was hope of success and a clear sense that the Islamic world was under attack by the world’s major religions.” He goes on to say, “bin Laden’s (September 11, 2001) actions were a politico-military maneuver designed to generate pro-jihadist change in the Islamic world.” The recent, seemingly irrational, violence in the Middle East and Europe generates feelings of power among those participating in, and thoughts of disgust from those of us opposed to, the destruction. Both result in a win for those advocating a jihad.
Perhaps President Bush sees the danger in grouping all Muslims together as violent offenders of civilization when he (weakly) attempts to reach out to the world’s non-extremist Islamic population. At the very least, he recognizes the fallacy that all Muslims want to see America fall. If fanatical factions of Islam manage to recruit Muslims, who to this point have merely watched by idly, then Al Qaeda will have the troops they need to fight this war. Alienating the majority of Muslims that do not support these brutal actions serves only the objectives of the terrorists. The West must not dismiss all Muslims as extremists or soon they will be.
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