August 9, 2007


The American path to jihad (Chris Heffelfinger, 8/10/07, Asia Times)

These cases all suggest that ideology, above anything else, is the common identity among group members. Their belief and commitment to the Salafi movement and its aims to purify Islam, which is the foundation on which bin Laden and other jihadist leaders have built their platforms, was the common factor that bound together these diverse individuals with various ethnic, national and linguistic backgrounds.

Even a cursory look at the Brent case reveals ties to members of Ali al-Timimi's northern Virginia jihadist group and, through them, a much larger world of official Saudi funding and militant Salafi influence. For nearly all the terrorism cases involving radical Islam, the subjects began their journey with the Salafi Islam offered by the Saudi establishment, its leading scholars, and its prestigious institutions in Mecca and Medina.

Although they are clearly responsible for a portion of the radicalized Muslims now on a course for militancy, whether headed for a jihadist front in Iraq, Somalia or Lebanon or in the United States or the United Kingdom, those same individuals who have committed themselves to the cause cannot be effective without adequate training. Such individuals are encouraged - by Ali al-Timimi and Abu Musab al-Suri alike - to seek training in a place such as Pakistan as an essential stage in their path to truly serving the jihad.

Yet we arm the Saudis and antagonize the Shi'a.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 9, 2007 7:53 AM

So how does this square with "Bush is a genius" theory? As good as all the ideas are here on Bros.Judd, I'm beginning to believe that Bush is incompetent hack his detractors say he is.

Either that, or he just doesn't care anymore. Oh well, it's better to be lucky than good.

Posted by: Bruno at August 9, 2007 11:29 AM

If he were a genius he'd be an awful president.

Posted by: oj at August 9, 2007 12:51 PM

Bruno: He's not a genius, but while people have been distracted by inconsequential matters, he's revolutionized our foreign (e.g., India is a closer ally than Europe) and domestic (e.g., taxing consumption much more heavily, NCLB) policy.

Posted by: Ibid at August 9, 2007 3:00 PM

Bush is neither a genius nor an idiot. He's a marvel of sanity working toward his goal and not sweating the little things. Instead of carping, why not offer up your prayers or your good vibes or anything you can do that's positive because without him, yes that single human being, and his ability to ignore everything and everybody, we would be literally up the creek.

His steadfastness if the only thing between us and those who wish to do us harm.

Posted by: erp at August 9, 2007 3:45 PM