Thursday, 12 July 2012

the misunderstood world of Al-Qaeda

It takes a certain type of personality, to make the claim that Al-Qaeda are not out to attack but view themselves as being the victim.

Naturally the emphasis on Al-Qaeda has meant the actual victims of their actions have normally been left out of the debate. 

The attempt to understand the motives for this type of terrorism, for many in the West, is to look at quotes from the Quran, which only results in one not having to look at the reality of a situation. 

In an article by the Globe and Mail, “Islamic extremists don’t actually want to take over. That’s the conclusion of a study that flies in the face of the Clash of Civilizations thesis that has hung over world politics for the last decade”. 

According to researchers in the United States, who scoured 2,000 messages, al-Qaeda and other Islamists believe they are the victims.”

"We’re just trying to focus on how they justify what they’re doing on religious grounds," study co- author Steve Corman, a professor at Arizona State University's Centre for Strategic Communication, said in an interview.

“It’s more about defending Muslims than spreading the religion by force.” 

Sadly for the University in Arizona, reality flies in the face of their collection of 2.000 e-mails, as only this week, one Iraqi musician reported how after the invasion of Iraq, he had to flee the country after Al-Qaeda had taken offence to the sacrilegious practice of playing a musical instrument. 

The same has also applied to many other musicians and artists in Iraq, whose trade has not only offended the extreme element of Al-Qaeda movement but has also incurred the wrath of the more fundamentalist elements of the Shiite movements too. 

Athletes have been found murdered because of these self-declared “victims”, who see wearing shorts as an offence to god. Other undesirable and ungodly activities include women holding down jobs or seeking an education, or being in places, where god forbid, a man might just see them. 

If the logic proposed by this study is to be believed, Iraqi Christians who have lived in Iraq for two thousand years, have misunderstood the "intentions" of Al-Qaeda; where children crucified, priests beheaded, churches bombed are signs of progress, as such atrocities cannot be a "forceful" attempt to impose an ideological system. 

The same could be said for Afghanistan, Bin Laden was "defending Muslims", the wife of one London 7/7 bomber felt so victimised that she went on the run from the CIA after joining Al-Shabaab. 

And the victims of the Toulouse massacre are not the people who gunman Mohammed Merah killed in cold blood but is Merah himself and his families various Al-Qaeda activities, from smuggling terrorists in to Iraq through to operating Al-Qaeda safe houses in Syria. 

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