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JOB OPENING: NEW GLOBAL JIHAD LEADER WANTED
By Raymond Ibrahim

THE HISTORY & CULTURE OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD, THE MUSLIM RELIGION, THE ISLAMIST POLITICAL IDEOLOGY, & THE ISLAMIC CONCEPTION OF THE JIHAD:  THE JIHAD PLACED IN CONTEXT -- THE PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE OF THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN:  BIN LADEN'S DEATH, WHILE INTRINSICALLY GOOD, HAS NO INSTRUMENTAL VALUE AGAINST THE JIHAD, A PHENOMENON THAT "TRANSCENDS TIME" & IS "GREATER THAN ANY INDIVIDUAL." THE GLOBAL JIHAD WAGED BY THE ISLAMISTS AGAINST AMERICA & WESTERN CIVILIZATION WILL CONTINUE UNDER HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP, DOING SO UNTIL EITHER WE IN THE WEST DESTROY ISLAMISM & ITS SUPPORTERS OR OUR JIHADIST ENEMIES DESTROY US. THERE CAN BE NO "PEACE IN OUR TIME," ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH APPEASEMENT & ACCOMODATION ON OUR PART. THE CURRENT GLOBAL CONFLICT IS A SITUATION OF KILL OR BE KILLED.
FULL STORY:   With the killing of Osama bin Laden, we return to the age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Or, in our context, which came first the jihadist vision or the jihadist? The ideology or the ideologue?

Did Osama "create" the ideology of jihad, or did the ancient ideology of jihad create him and countless like him, past, present, and future?

Years ago, Ayman al-Zawahiri, now al-Qa'ida's undisputed leader, placed it all in context. After he was asked about the status of bin Laden and the Taliban's Mullah Omar, he confidently replied:

    "Jihad in the path of Allah is greater than any individual or organization. It is a struggle between Truth and Falsehood, until Allah Almighty inherits the earth and those who live in it. Mullah Muhammad Omar and Sheikh Osama bin Laden may Allah protect them from all evil are merely two soldiers of Islam in the journey of jihad, while the struggle between Truth [Islam] and Falsehood [non-Islam] transcends time (The Al Qa'ida Reader, p.182).

In short, bin Laden's death, while intrinsically good, has no instrumental value against the jihad a phenomenon that "transcends time" and "is greater than any individual."


LINKS TO RELATED TOPICS:
Islamism & Jihadism -- The Threat of Radical Islam
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Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors

American Foreign Policy -- The Middle East

International Politics & World Disorder:
War, Peace, & Geopolitics in the Real World:
Foreign Affairs & U.S. National Security

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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.

Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization

Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies

Counterterrorism & U.S. National Security

U.S. National Security Strategy



Raymond Ibrahim, a historian of Islam, Islamism and the Middle East, is the Associate Director of the Middle East Forum, a guest lecturer at the National Defense Intelligence College, and the editor of The Al-Qa'ida Reader, a collection of tranlations of key texts and documents of the Islamist movement. Ibrahim's translations of the religious texts and political propaganda comprising this collection help readers comprehend the origins, development, history, and serious danger of the Islamist war doctrines of Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Founders of Al-Qa'ida and implacable enemies of the U.S.A. and the West.


The foregoing commentary by Raymond Ibrahim was originally published in National Review Online, May 2, 2011, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank which seeks to define and promote American interests in the Middle East, defining U.S. interests to include fighting radical Islam, working for Palestinian Arab acceptance of the State of Israel, improving the management of U.S. efforts to promote constitutional democracy in the Middle East, reducing America's energy dependence on the Middle East, more robustly asserting U.S. interests vis--vis Saudi Arabia, and countering the Iranian threat. (URL: http://www.meforum.org/2894/job-opening- new-global-jihad-leader-wanted)


Republished with Permission of the Middle East Forum
Reprinted from the Middle East Forum News
mefnews@meforum.org (MEF NEWS)
May 2, 2011




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