The Changing Face of Al Qaeda

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This means that Al Qaeda is no longer the terror network we once knew it to be. Today, Al Qaeda can arguably be construed as a label for radical Sunni Islamic factions. As an example, Somalia’s Al Shabaab Islamic terror group is a single terrorist organization yet members have a history serving within the Al Qaeda network. It is a completely separated organization yet often labeled as one falling within the Al Qaeda domain due to some continued ties between the two.

Understanding an elementary example of Al Shabaab, one should ponder then whether it is reasonable to include the non-Sunni factions known to be aligned with Al Qaeda as elements within Al Qaeda itself. As an example, it is known that Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Shiite terrorist group, has close ties with Al Qaeda.  In fact, today, many CT professionals understand how closely tied Al Qaeda has become with Iran itself.

The Iranian-Hezbollah-al Qaeda relationship is known. Most recently, U.S. courts revealed the 9-11 alliance. Surprisingly, no counterterrorist specialist will ever claim Hezbollah or Iran is part of Al Qaeda.

Why won’t an agreement be made claiming Hezbollah falls under Al Qaeda? The simplest reason often obtained is that “Hezbollah is Shiite and Al Qaeda is Sunni.” Amazingly, professionals will observe one ideology stemming from religious differences but not through any other known ideology—especially, the ideology of power.

So a few key questions must be asked when attempting to understand what Al Qaeda truly is today. First, is Al Qaeda still the terrorist network it was once believed to be? Secondly, has too much emphasis on ideology been placed on today’s different radical Islamic terrorist organizations? Lastly, should counterterrorist professionals even stress about Al Qaeda any longer as one large terror movement or should they simply concentrate on the hundreds of terrorist groups in existence?

The later of these questions is likely the most debatable of those listed needing to be answered. Unfortunately, an entire shift in critical thinking would need to occur throughout an entire global system of those attempting to defeat a possible monster that, well, may no longer exist as we once believed. Shifting cognition within such a mass global system would entail a complete overhaul of social and cultural constructs. As any social psychologist knows, making such a move takes a long time to achieve.

In the end, Al Qaeda is possibly no longer who we once knew it to be. Arguably, Al Qaeda is nothing more than a label placed on Sunni Islamic terrorists groups. We now know that these groups have joined forces with non-Sunni terrorist factions. Who will be the maven to pitch this thought in an attempt to change counterterrorists’ ways of thinking?

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    So a few key questions must be asked when attempting to understand what Al Qaeda truly is today. First, is Al Qaeda still the terrorist network it was once believed to be?

    No….you are very confused. AQ is a violent jihadist group. Terrorism in the Islamic world is blasphemy, which in Islam is a capital offense, as terrorism is an un-Islamic manifestation only. Now jihad, which is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme and which can be both violent and non-violent, on the other hand, is an Islamic manifestation only. Hence, Muslims only wage jihad, which can be both violent and non-violent, in stark contrast to terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent.

    Furthermore, non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, relative to violent jihad is employed by the Islamic world against the West astronomically far more prevalently and therefore constitutes an exponentially far greater existential threat to the peace, security, and freedom of the West as opposed to violent jihad.

    Indeed, unless something changes drastically, Muslims can never hope to conquer the West via violent jihad because the West is way too far advanced relative to the Islamic world. However, via non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, the West can be conquered by the Islamic world. In fact, it is already happening today throughout Europe, and it will also happen in the USA as well unless we make a course correction sooner rather than later.

    Moreover, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, because jihad, which can be both violent and non-violent, is always conflated and morally equated with terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent, non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, is able to occur today throughout the West completely below the radar of scrutiny and totally unacknowledged and unopposed. Indeed, since non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad isn't violent, it isn't construed as being terrorism, and if it isn't construed as being terrorism, then it isn't opposed, courtesy of PC multiculturalism.

    Hence, while the writer of this very misleading article is primarily transfixed only on violent jihad, which per the dictates of PC multiculturalism he automatically conflates and morally equates as being terrorism, the reality is he is severely blinded by PC multiculturalism.

    Secondly, has too much emphasis on ideology been placed on today’s different radical Islamic terrorist organizations?

    I hate to rain on this writer's parade again, but the existence of radical Islam, extremist Islam, and moderate Islam or any other similar concoctions, exactly like the existence of radical Muslims, extremist Muslims, and Islamist Muslim or any other similar concoctions, are all false PC multicultural myths. The reality is there is only MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM and MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS.

    Additionally, per the dictates of the sixth and most important pillar of Islam and also the infamous sword verses of the Koran, it is an obligatory duty in Islam for every mainstream orthodox Muslim on earth to fight jihad in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. No exceptions.

    Hence, ALL MAINSTEAM ORTHODOX MULSIMS ON EARTH are jihadists. A tiny minority of them are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of MAINSTREAM ORTHDOX ISLAM must be executed.

    Unfortunately, this writer is still buying into some of the same absurd false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam that inevitably led to the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nevertheless, obviously his heart in is in the right place and I also commend him for his patriotic service to our country.

    Lastly, should counterterrorist professionals even stress about Al Qaeda any longer as one large terror movement or should they simply concentrate on the hundreds of terrorist groups in existence?

    No, what they should do instead is take a crash course in Islam and then use that new found knowledge to educate Americans and to lobby our government to outlaw Islam and ban and reverse mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage ASAP. As non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad relative to violent jihad constitutes an astronomically far greater threat, and also because zero Muslim jihadists living in American as a fifth column would mean zero probability of violent jihad attacks on the homeland. Thus, without the probability of violent jihad attacks on the homeland and with the threat of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad also eliminated, we could roll back the massive expansion in the size, scope, and power of the federal government that occurred thanks to GWB and get our financial house back in order before we end up becoming the next Greece.