The Educated Muslim Terrorist


richterr

East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet. ––Rudyard Kipling

Nidal Hasan, Abdulmutallab and Humam al-Balawi are jihadists who were educated and came from privileged middle- and upper-class backgrounds. Hasan was an American-trained U. S. Army doctor, Abdulmutallab was a London engineering student and the son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, and double-agent Dr. Humam al-Balawi was a member of the Jordanian professional class.

Many Westerners are confused by the willingness of university-educated middle-class Muslims to perpetrate barbarous acts of terrorism. It appears to be a reversal of the usual process: typically college students raised in religious households become more secularized by exposure to the humanities and sciences, and the rationalist values of the European Enlightenment. Yet when embryonic jihadists attend Western universities they graduate with their faith intact: 9/11 terrorists Mohammed Atta and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed were both beneficiaries of Western university educations. These men, who sought to advance themselves with Western training and technical skills, ultimately turned against, and attempted to destroy, the very society that provided them with the means to that advancement. Instead of employing their newly acquired learning and knowledge to improve the lot of their fellow countrymen and co-religionists, they turned this very learning and knowledge against their Western benefactors.

This phenomenon begs the question: How do jihadists reconcile such hypocrisy and ingratitude in their own minds?

As the 1989 fatwa against Salman Rushdie proved, the list of Jihad’s grievances against the West is subtle and inventive. The exquisite sensitivities of the faithful guarantee the manufacture of injury and insult without end, providing inspiration for Islam’s perennial street theater; for no sooner does the Arab street grow tired of one threadbare grievance, e.g. Israel, than it discovers another in an irreverent Danish cartoon.

The familiar explanations for the fierce hatred of Muslim extremists for the West—the presence of Western military forces in sacred Arab lands, that holy war against infidels is a duty sanctioned by the Koran, or the millennial fantasy that a supreme caliphate is destined to rule the world—are as irrational as they are implausible. For example, before 9/11, America’s military deployment in Islamic countries, in Bosnia, Kosovo and in Kuwait, had been in the defense of Islam itself; but for the timely intervention of American forces in these three places, tens of thousands of Bosnian and Albanian Muslims would have perished in an orgy ‘ethnic cleansing,’ and Kuwait (and eventually Saudi Arabia) would have become provinces of Iraq. (The only other time Muslims were likely to encounter the U.S. military was when a Navy relief task force arrived with aid for victims of a natural disaster in an Islamic state like Bangladesh.) And though some imams, mullahs and ayatollahs may harbor utopian dreams of world domination and of heavenly rewards for martyrdom, it is hard to believe such apocalyptic visions could motivate educated Muslims.

There is evidently something else at play here.

Genetic biologists tell us that the principle stages of man’s evolution, from the fish to primate, can be discerned in time-lapse photography of the human embryo. The evolution of the educated Muslim terrorist is one of those mysteries that, like human evolution, resides in the terms of the problem itself and is only waiting to be made explicit, i.e. the very fact of the terrorist’s contact with the West. The common strand running through the backgrounds of middle-class jihadists is prolonged and close interaction with Western society, a clue in plain sight that is too often overlooked in the search for esoteric causation, such as religion and culture. Indeed, according to British historian Arnold Toynbee, contact with the dominant universal society is always the first step in the radicalization of Third World revolutionaries and terrorists. Here is the critical path:

Crucial Events in the Evolution of the Terrorist

Intrusive Civilization (Western Society)
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Intelligentsia (Expatriate Liaison-Class)
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Alienation, Humiliation, Loss of Identity
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Voluntary Sorting of Affinity Groups
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Concentration of True Believers
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Information Deprivation
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Radicalization
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Terrorism

Thus, the evolution of Third World terrorists begins with Westernization, out of which emerges an expatriate liaison-class or intelligentsia. The job of this liaison-class is to interpret the dominant society. At first glance this might appear to be a salutary development, a bridging of the divide between East and West that Kipling dismissed as impossible, a convergence and melding of the dominant Western society with the underdeveloped one. But, according to Toynbee, the rise of an intelligentsia is a symptom of social pathology:

“Wherever we find an intelligentsia we may infer, not only that two civilizations have been in contact, but that one of the two is in process of being absorbed into the other’s internal proletariat. We can also observe another fact in the life of an intelligentsia which is written large upon its countenance for all to read: An intelligentsia is born to be unhappy.

This liaison-class suffers from the congenital unhappiness of the hybrid who is an outcaste from both the families that have combined to beget him. An intelligentsia is hated and despised by its own people because its very existence is a reproach to them. Through its presence in their midst it is a living reminder of the hateful but inescapable alien civilization which cannot be kept at bay and therefore has to be humored. The Pharisee is reminded of this each time he meets the Publican, and the Zealot each time he meets the Herodian. And, while the intelligentsia thus has no love lost on it at home, it also has no honor paid to it in the country whose manners and tricks it has so laboriously and ingeniously mastered.”

In short, the liaison-class (chiefly professionals: doctors, lawyers, educators and engineers, etc.) which mediates between the dominant Western society and its own backward society, is welcomed in neither. Jihadists like Atta, Hasan and KSM advertised themselves as the spiritual emissaries of Islam and the Islamic people, but they had actually lost touch with their culture and belonged to neither societies, Western or Islamic. They believed themselves inferior to the Western society to which they have apprenticed themselves, and superior to the one they have left behind, thereby condemning themselves to spiritual homelessness. They flutter back and forth between the two worlds, never landing firmly in either. This keen loss of identity engenders a sense of humiliation and loss of face, which quickly boils over into fierce resentment and rage. They are ideal recruits for self-annihilating acts of terrorism.

In Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century, Marc Sageman notes that eruptions of terrorist violence have little to do with economic social conditions; terrorist movements evolve slowly, spike quickly, and disappear with unexpected suddenness, and “cannot be explained through slow-moving societal forces and cultural templates.” Sageman disputes the popular notion that terrorists are mentally ill, poor, uneducated sociopaths: most of the 9/11 terrorist were, like Mohammed Atta, well-educated, many of them university graduates, i.e. psychologically stable individuals from middle-class families. Most telling of all, four fifths of these jihadists were expatriates, or the offspring of expatriates, who had immigrated to the West. In a word, they were members of the intelligentsia, confirming Arnold Toynbee’s observation that this class is fertile ground for revolutionary violence.

I gained firsthand knowledge of this phenomenon when I taught English at a teacher training college in northeastern Thailand. Most of the students at the college had come from humble rural backgrounds and never traveled outside the province, let alone the country; but a small percentage of them had spent a year or two as guest students in American schools, and it was always easy to tell them apart from the general student body. Thai students are courteous to a fault, especially to their teachers, to whom they bow; but the repatriated exchange students were sullen, disrespectful and contemptuous not only of their fellow students, but of their instructors, especially their American instructors. I vividly recall a disagreement in a neighboring college so acrimonious that an exchange student was removed from an American instructor’s class and reassigned. I puzzled over this for some time after I left the country. Why should guest students, who had been fortunate enough to travel to, and study in, America, be so bitter and unhappy? Then I came across the passage above in Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of History and I thought it mapped well to the problem.

It is not clear if Toynbee’s insight (made in 1934 by the way) will be of any practical value in our current relations with Islam, but as Marshall McLuhan once remarked, “Nothing is inevitable so long as we are willing to contemplate what is happening.” Perpetual conflict with Islam is not inevitable if we are willing to apply sufficient intellectual candlepower to the problem; and it is possible that this window opened on the mind of Islam’s intelligentsia will pay dividends at some future time. America is a technological, military and political powerhouse that does not always know its own strength or understand the daunting effect this has on less fortunate nations. Or as Toynbee put it, “America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.”

On the other hand, intellectual objectivity and self-knowledge are not qualities one customarily associates with Islam. Maybe a recognition of its manifest inferiority complex and its pathological jealousy of the West will prompt militant Islam to question its dependence on blind, fanatical hatred as a substitute for reason. Perhaps the failed states of the Middle East will at long last accept the fact that their social ineptitude and political impotence are problems of their own making rather than the fault of Western colonialism. And perhaps the Muslim community at large can be persuaded that Islam’s enemies are not in Israel, Europe or America but within Islam’s own tent. That is a grand hope.

But is it a realistic one? What if Toynbee was telling us something entirely different? I.e. that Kipling was right? That the only place East and West are destined to meet is on the battlefield. What if the monumental misunderstanding that he and Kipling documented seventy-five years ago means the end of cooperative multilateralism and that we are in this fight alone, i.e. that we cannot rely on a rational response from an enlightened Moslem community. If so, we in the West should no longer be shocked and unprepared when educated, middle-class Muslims participate in brutal acts of terrorism. Indeed, we should assume that this modus operandi will be a fact of life for some time to come.

William Fankboner is the author of The Triumph of Political Correctness and A Hypertext Field Guide to Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media. He runs a web site at: http://home.roadrunner.com/~lifetime. His e-mail address is: williefank@aol.com.

  • cedarhill

    Well, the one sentence explanation of all this is that a jihadist is simply a devote, "practicing" Muslim. They are the equivalent of the ultra orthodox Jew. There are practicing Christians as well.

    Education, by itself, forces a person to use their mind and think. The more thinking about Islam from the Quran and the hadiths the more one accepts the underpinnings of Islam. This, inescapbly, leads directly into jihad. Whether it's as complex a process as outlined here or perhaps more complex is an acedemic point, imho. As long as there is the Quran and the hadiths there will be jihadist.

    • muslimpoxbyebye

      well said …. i think so toin a bizarre sort of way it would be a good thing to let muslims handle radioactive material and develop nuclear bombs because they will most probably use them on and amongst themselves. iran is definately going to use the nuclear bomb on saudi arabia…. the sooner the better …. at the rate the taliban is advancing in pakistan the mushroom cloud will definately umbrella rawalpindi because muslims are dumb . islam is actually a good thing that has happened to this planet …it will unite and show every other way of life how not to be ……. by muslims muliplying in such large numbers not cultivating anything except some fruits and narcotics …they are today getting fed by the christians and the church. when the food tap runs dry … they’ll starve to death or canabalise each other …. the koran permits eating humans and necrophilia too amongst a host of other things like beastiality etc. PLEASE READ THE EVIL KHOMIENI’S GREEN BOOK .the west should abandon the muslims …stop immigration and just let them stew in their dirty filthy mosques. this new need for muslim news should be stopped at once. no news time will be counter productive to the jihadist slimes. if india could drive them out so many years back when they got indipendance what stops other countries from doing the same thing ? the planet will take about 30 more years to stamp out islam . the world health organisation should take it upon itself to wipe out this evil cult because if it keeps growing at the rate it is growing you can bet on one thing and that is before the muslims turn the planet into a bloodfest they’ll kill all our animals and make them into tent rugs … the first to go will be the noble rhino for their murderous daggers ….then they’ll slaughter all the large game possible…. that will be the end of our planet . islam is a very large gang of thevies that manufactures nothing … has no honor and is the most horrible thing invented by a psychopath and followed by socio-psychopaths. pure evil run by oil money . sad for us . the world health organisation should step in and irradicate this pox which is worse than smallpox. the time is right .o and there are millions and millions like me ,,,,

    • Democracy First

      You say, "They are the equivalent of the ultra orthodox Jew. There are practicing Christians as well. "

      Perhaps you inform me which global orthodox Jewish movement or practising Christian movement is blowing up airliners, flying planes into buildings, sending out armies of suicide bombers, teaching children than to blow up others is a sure way into heaven, or believes that all the world must be converted to the faith by force as need be? (In fact, Judaism doesn't proselitize at all, and, if anything, discourages conversions.)

  • bilbo

    You need to read The Suicide Bombers Among Us by Theodore Dalrymple.

    http://www.city-journal.org/html/15_4_suicide_bom

  • Heloise

    "How do jihadists reconcile such hypocrisy and ingratitude in their own minds?"

    In their own minds, that have been formed by the Koran, Sira and Hadith, the kafir (non-believers) are owed nothing, are sub-human and all forms of interaction with them have been codified by Islamic doctrine.

    We continue to judge Islam by our own yardstick that includes critical reasoning, the Golden Rule and Unitary Ethics. Islam has no Golden Rule, tosses out critical reasoning in favor of "revelation" and has a dual ethical system or one set of ethical rules for themselves and another for us that celebrates the punishment of the kafir. The hubris of our viewpoint, if continued, will result in a loss of our freedom and our country.

    • Jonathan

      Thank God there are people like you still left in this world, Heloise. People who can reason things out and foresee logical conclusions. I just wish this kind of clarity were running the country.

      As a suprematist cultures and philosophies go, the Nazis look like wishy washy little gummy bears next to the xenophobic megalomania of Islam.

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    Memorize this:
    “Islam is an absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, a rotting corpse which poisons our lives.” – Kemal Ataturk… the Turkish genius , himself a muslim.
    A MUSLIM WILL SHOOT THE AMERICAN AND SMALL BRITAIN’S GENERALS IN A MARCHPAST …. EGYPT ALL OVER AGAIN IN AMERICA and SMALL BRITAIN …. WHEN THE CHILREN AND GRAND-CHILDREN OF THE JUDGES WHO SET ALL THESE MUSLIM IDIOTS FREE IN THE US AND THE EUROPEAN UNION ARE HUNTED DOWN BY THE VERY MUSLIMS THAT THEY THEMSELVES FREED … SOME SENSE WILL COME TO THEM. THE MUSLIM POX IS WORSE THAN SMALL POX…. GET READY …. IT’S AMONGST ALL OF US ….WE’RE ALL SCREWED … AND OUR CHILDREN TOO…. THE MUSLIMS SHOULD HUNT FOR THE JUDGES …HOWLING AALAAAHUUU AKKKKHHBAAR….WHICH BY THE WAY MEANS ALLAH (THE IDIOT) IS GREATER….ONLY THEN THE CHANGE WILL COME …
    FIRST THINGS FIRST …. THE KORAN IS NOT A HOLY BOOK….IT IS THE MOST EVIL AND RACIST AND SEXIST BOOK EVER WRITTEN. IT IS A SLUR TO THE WRITTEN WORD. IT IS AN INSULT TO HUMAN INTELLIGENCE. HAVE NO DOUBT. READ IT TO DISBELIEVE IT . ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD BE TRYING TO GET OUT OF ISLAM’S CLUTCHES . ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD BE TRYING TO GET OUT OF ISLAM’S CLUTCHES NOT ONLY FOR THEIR SAKE AND THEIR CHILDREN’S SAKE BUT FOR THE SAKE OF THEIR FOREFATHERS AND FOREMOTHERS WHO WERE CONVERTED TO THIS EVIL AND VILE CULT BY THE SWORD AND FRIGHT. FORGET CHRISTIANITY IF IT’S SUCH A BIG ISSUE …MUSLIMS NEED TO MOVE OUT EN MASSE TO SOMETHING LIKE BUDDHISM… OR MASS SUICIDE…. ONE CAN ONLY HOPE

    • GeorgeRic

      You are so Right! Lucifer was Allah's light-bearer, and knew Allah to be truly God. Then Allah told His angels: "Honor my only begotten Son as 'King of Heaven and Earth'." Lucifer rebelled, shouting, "I will not serve!" Allah threw Satan out of Heaven.
      Satan can only injure Allah be denying Him what He loves. Allah created the worlds wanting to share Himself with creatures, but such creatures must be citizens of His Son's Kingdom. So Satan, pretending to be Allah, told a half-truth: ' There is no God but Allah!' Muslim true-believers worship Allah but not in truth. So they cannot enter Heaven.
      Herr Goebels of Nazi Germany used half-truths so his lies would be believed.
      (Continued)

  • USMCSniper

    Beliefs about how we should act towards others are the glue of society, allowing us to live together in relative harmony. Beliefs also create our sense of identity.

    Many of our daily conflicts are based in subtle differences in underlying beliefs and when these collide we get argue. Anger is a natural response when we feel cornered and challenging beliefs, which are at the foundation of our perception and thinking, often gives us nowhere to go but unthinking animal responses. This effect is amplified when religions seek blind belief and where challenge and exploration is forbidden. From this position, the jihad of righteous war is a short step away and education is somewhat secondary.

  • ando
  • Carl

    I would like to read Pipes comments.

  • BS1977

    poor little downtrodden millionaire terrorist OOOOOH BOOOOO HOOOOOO….it's such a sad, sad story, how little confused, indoctrinated, rich idiots are brainwashed into blowing themselves up for Satan…..OOOOH it's such a sad, sad story…..I can't go on thinking about these poor, defenseless little wacko suicide underwear bombers, shoe bombers and Arafat with his Nobel Prize, without crying …..Oh, the Humanity!!!!

  • USMCSniper

    Remember th movie "Body of Lies" when they pick up the Arab terrorist in the desert who says "I have PhD and I speak 5 languages and they want me to blow myself up."

    And the answer was "You are indeed a rare flower." (amongst all the weeds usually would follow).

  • Jonathan

    What values did he say were running the Western Universities? I'm not sure, but it seems as though Fankboner is describing a paradigm that no longer exists – like about 100 years ago.

    Islamofacism is a global revolutionary movement – not a peasant uprising. It should be obvious to anyone with a brain for the last 40 years that this isn't a movement of isolated extremists from the backwaters of the rural folk. Nobody should be surprised that these terrorists tend to be educated and cosmopolitan. And if we don't get to the bottom of this SOON, the West is going to die.

  • Juice

    The Muslims feel extremely jealous of how we live in the west. They feel jealous over not just our inventions, but the fact that we, not them, invented them. It's not fair that, we the infidel, who ignore the "true religion," have what we do when they are the ones, due to their solid belief and 5 times a day prayers, have not so much. Mohammed Atta believed that he would inherit his 72 virgins AND be able to apply all of his education as a city planner in the afterlife. He also felt that he would gain the fame of a "rock star" among Muslims after his death. In his home country, Egypt, it was almost impossible to get a job. No job, no wife. He had asked a Syrian (or Lebanese) woman to marry him and she rejected him saying he was too religious. This is the man who felt he had more of a chance at life in death than he had in life. He had been brain washed into the radical mindset that condemns the west. He saw all the evil he had heard about; in the bikinis, unveiled faces, unweded sexuality, love of "idols" and manufactured goods. He felt that mankind would not voluntarily follow god and we had to be forced to do right. Just as the left feels that mankind will not do the right thing until we are forced to it. Free choice and free will are not the ways of Islamists nor the Democrats. During the cold war those Muslim countries were aligned with the USSR and grew up under socialism and socialist indoctrination.

    We must demand changes of the governments we give aid to. We must demand that they teach a true characterization of the west instead of merely comparing us to satan. We must demand that they stop the indoctrination of their own babies to hate. We should never hand over a big check ti them and not keep tabs on whether or not they are keeping their promises. They don't. It's part of their taqiya agenda. We will give them aid when they accomplish whast we ask, otherwise they can wait for aid from the Saudis. The Saudis are busy spending money bulding mosques sall over the word and brainwashing attendees to the radical Wahabism they teach. Let them divert their money to Egypt and Gaza. They taske our money and ignore our requests anyway.

  • heatsketch

    The Qur'an and Sunnah EXPLICITLY COMMAND that all infidels must be converted, subjugated through dhimmitude (if they are monotheists) or killed (if they are polytheists, atheists, animists, or monotheists who reject dhimmitude). That FACT is neither "irrational" nor "implausible". Mr. Fankboner does nothing but display his ignorance in saying otherwise. The evolution of third world terrorists begins with western education? It's true that there are many rich, well educated Muslim terrorists, but there are just as many if not more uneducated, poverty stricken ones. The single thread that links them together is ISLAMIC THEOLOGY AND IDEOLOGY. It is the attitudes inculcated in the Muslim mind by the Qur'an, Sunnah and Shariah Law that creates Islamic terrorism, and nothing else.

  • digitalis

    Sounds just like the mindset of the black racial grievance industry right here in America. Look at the president, the beneficiary of this society who obviously hates it and blames it for everthing. What we are really looking at is an INFERIORITY COMPLEX of the worst sort. That and a toxic form of nuclear envy that cannot tolerate the success of "the other" comparable to one's own cultural/racial shortcomings.

  • muslimpoxbyebye

    ISLAM HAS BE AND WILL BE UN-INVENTED.

    GET WITH THE PROGRAM GIRLS AND BOYS …OR GET READY FOR CLIT CUTTING AND BURKA DONNING.

  • Jerome from Layton

    This "Educated Terrorist" has been with us a long time. Back in the 1960s, the leaders of the PLO including Black September had an educational level somewhere in the Graduate range. Yassir Arafat was an Engineer as was his chief bomb maker whose nickname was "The Engineer". OBL is another example of this phenomenom. The only real answer is vigilance and failure in that area can be disasterous as it was for the Army as it was with Hasan.

  • http://rightasusual.blogspot.com LindaF

    Finally, an explanation for a phenomenon that i have often noticed – these people have been beneficiaries of our generousity. And you know that the one thing people will never forgive you for is giving them charity.

  • jldate

    This is the most insightful article I have ever read about the dynamics of forming a terrorist. It should have had top billing!

  • zakiyah

    why is there such people in the world ? they just about know how to wipe their backsides and they have the ordasity to make such comments about a religion or someones belief with ZEROknowldge. Yeah i agree there are bad people in the world.. who claim to be Muslims. they are people who are like you !!! They dont have knowledge about anything either like YOU! They think what they are doing is right but it isnt.. and this article makes it even worse… by saying a 'educated muslim' note guys: he has no knowledge about the religion itself.. they may be educated in something completeelyyy differenttt ….
    andd YOOOOOOO dudee… the guy thatss quite large in size (polite way of saying it???) and has glasses on ?? WHAT ARE YOU GOING ON ABOUT … trust me mate, you writing in big words doesnt make you sound clever at all… where is all the knowledge behind thiss ? if these people were to follow the Qurann and Sunnah they would be no such think as TERRORISM ! get your facts right before even thinking about conveying it !

  • Gil Bates

    Mohammed was a warrior who tortured and killed his enemies, including women and children. What kind of religion do you THINK would be created by such a person? As mentioned above: there is no Golden Rule, no “love and pray for your enemies”, no striving for peace except as that which subjugates the opposing point of view.

  • zakiyah

    GUYS… ISLAM IS NOT A BAD RELIGION AT ALL ! IT IS THE BEST RELIGION EVER….
    IT JUST THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO THINK WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS RIGHT… WHEN IT BLATENTLY ISNT ..
    … ISLAM IS COMPLETELY AGAINST TERRORISM OR ANYTHING HARMFUL TOWARDS ANYONE
    SHAME THERE ARE MUSLIMS IN THE WORLD….. THAT THINK IT IS ALRIGHT- THEY ARE USUALLY THE ONES THAT ARE UNEDUCATED …. BUT THE ONLY THING THEY DO KNOW IS THAT YOU MUST HAVE FAITH IN ALLAH/….
    AND THEY THINK THAT TAKING THERE OR OTHERS LIFE WILL PROVE THEY LOVE THERE RELIGION AND ALLAH.. AND THEY THINK BY DOING THIS THEY WILL ENER PARADISE STRAIGHT AWAY… but they will enter hell straight away

    (SORTTA LIKE MAKING THERE OWN RULES UP)- THEY ARE THE ONES THAT GIVE ISLAM A BAD NAME.. AND IT IS FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND… IT ISNT AT ALL .. YOU SHOULD ATLEAST READ THE QURAN….
    AND HOPEFULLY OPEN YOUR EYES TO SEE WHAT A AMAZING RELIGION ITIS

  • zakiyah

    ****THEY ARE THE ONES THAT GIVE ISLAM A BAD NAME.. AND IT IS FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT ISNT A BAD RELIGION AT ALL ! – WHY DONT YOU READ THE GURAN (english translation) HOPEFULLY IT WILL OPEN YOUR EYES TO SEE WHAT A AMAZING AND TRUE RELIGION IT REALLY IS.********

    • Jonathan

      Zakiyah. You can't spell, you can't use grammar and you type in all caps. Oh, and you also aren't kidding anyone. So, you can go away now. You're dismissed, in every possible way.

    • bilbo

      Why don't you read the Bible?

  • Christopher J. Ward

    I have spent a great deal of time researching and writing on terrorism. I have 30 years experience in intelligence work and furthermore tertiary qualifications in social science and what is missing when we study Islamic fundamentalist is the fact that Western man tends to suffer from cognitive dissonance. Leon Festinger’s book: “When prophecy fails” is a regular little gem. My own theory is that raising kids in the Islamic faith is the same as brainwashing them from the start. After all, Lenin was not the first to say give me a child at the age of seven and I will make him mine for life or words to that effect. A study of some of the 9/11 bombers and yes contrary to the websites, it really did happen, Mohammed Atta was westernized, intelligent, educated and you would have thought, civilized. Yet when the time came, he went through the traditional Islamic cleansing ritual, shaved his beard and went off to murder Americans.

    The lesson: we should not uncritically use cross-cultural transfer of hypotheses about human behavior. We are not necessarily talking about the Arab mind but the Islamic mind or Islamic mindset. This is an ideology, cloaked with theology and self-doubt, let alone doubting the underpinning of belief is none too frequent and I confess to being skeptical about some of the so-called enlightened Muslims who pretend outrage at various atrocities only to renounce their stated views in private.

    The second lesson is that profiling is an impossible task. We have seen TV shows like Lie to Me and others which give a totally false impression of what we can achieve by profiling and examining the behavior of others. When the USSR was engaged in Afghanistan, the soldiers referred to the guerrillas as rag heads and something of that has stuck because it is a western bias against the unknown. Today’s terrorist is more likely to be clean-shaven, smart, well-dressed, using aftershave and blending in until activated. While the US intelligence establishment is fighting turf wars and among itself, the advantage will continue to lie with the jihadist.

    • Dan

      "I have spent a great deal of time researching and writing on terrorism. I have 30 years experience in intelligence work and furthermore tertiary qualifications in social science and what is missing when we study Islamic fundamentalist is the fact that Western man tends to suffer from cognitive dissonance."
      You have been studying terrorism, hence, you are viewing Islam through the lens of terrorism.
      Instead of studying, researching and coming up with bullshit theories, spend time with some Muslim people, eating with them and living with them and you will see they are good, honest people. This orientalist style of "study" and theorizing is a thing of the past and is not an honest way to assess a people, culture, or religion.

  • GeorgeRic

    Continuation re: Lucifer's trick.
    People accept the lie because part of it is obviously true. But for Muslims, look at the evil results: We say pbuh, and we get wars. Our terrorists kill Muslims. Muslims starve and we do not help. Muslims become ill, but Muslim doctors lag in medicine. We are poor, but some own oil. Our mosques and our government are one, and they seem to help only themselves. We buy guns, and use them mostly on fellow Muslims. Our women are mutilated instead of being helped. We inflict ourselves on many wives , and with a word send them away.. We bow five times a day, deny God's begotten Son, and are proud. Satan must be laughing!
    'Techie Worlds' (available from Amazon.com) explains how the worlds are really built and explains the truth of Allah mechanically, logically and easily understood. Read a copy now. No longer suffer because of Satan's big lie. And be with Allah in Heaven.
    GeorgeRic

  • Bob

    " The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property (either as a child, a wife, or a concubine) must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen; all know how to die; but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science (the science against which it had vainly struggled) the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome."

    Winston Churchill – from The River Wars

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