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Discussion in 'News / Current Events' started by Crabtownboy, Jul 21, 2008.
We have been waiting for that since 911.
I agree with this and want to add an idea I have
I think some of the most moderate muslims(best and brightest) are here in the United States mostly in Michigan. I think we should enlist and encourage a brigade in our military to be used on the Pakistan/Afghan border that way they can convert these radicals to peaceful Islam. Fundamentalist Islam is so backwards in its treatment of women and other craziness that American Muslims in uniform would be ahead of the curve in showing them a better way and if push comes to shove American Muslims could do punitive damage to those who attack them from these tribal areas.
I get a kick out of this video an American soldier with an Afghan hat on celebrating the Muslim new year.
More scaremongering. C'mon Al Qeada hasn't attacked us for the simple reason it doesn't exist in the form the media and politicians would have us believe.
We do not face a global jihadist "movement" but a series of disparate ethnic and religious conflicts involving Muslim populations, each of which remains fundamentally regional in nature and almost all of which long predate the existence of al-Qaeda.
Osama bin Laden and his disciples are small men and secondary threats whose shadows are made large by our fears. Al-Qaeda is the only global jihadist organization and is the only Islamic terrorist organization that targets the U.S. homeland. Al-Qaeda remains capable of striking here and is plotting from its redoubt in Waziristan, Pakistan. The organization, however, has only a handful of individuals capable of planning, organizing and leading a terrorist operation. Al-Qaeda threatens to use chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons, but its capabilities are far inferior to its desires. Even the "loose nuke" threat, whose consequences would be horrific, has a very low probability. For the medium term, any attack is overwhelmingly likely to consist of creative uses of conventional explosives.
No other Islamic-based terrorist organization, from Mindanao to the Bekaa Valley to the Sahel, targets the U.S. homeland, is part of a "global jihadist movement" or has more than passing contact with al-Qaeda. These groups do and will, however, identify themselves with global jihadist rhetoric and may bandy the bogey-phrase of "al-Qaeda." They are motivated by hostility toward the West and fear of the irresistible changes that education, trade, and economic and social development are causing in their cultures. These regional terrorist organizations may target U.S. interests or persons in the groups' historic areas of interest and operations. None of these groups is likely to succeed in seizing power or in destabilizing the societies they attack, though they may succeed in killing numerous people through sporadic attacks such as the Madrid train bombings.
The above was written by a former "deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats."
How to win the war within Islam?
Who authored this...anyone know?