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Terrorism

Terrorism is a much-used word which in practice is apt to be discredited by the cliche that one person's terrorist is another's freedom-fighter. The classic just war doctrine allows much greater precision. It directs us to ask whether the case is one of rebellion, and whether the rebellion is just or unjust. If the cause is unjust (e.g. the IRA's anti-democratic activities) then there are no legitimate targets. If the cause is just and there is legitimate authority and last resort, it still remains to ask whether noncombatant immunity is respected. In such ways, the classic doctrine brings precision to an issue which is often treated with wearisome emotionalism. A special case is that of 'state-sponsored terrorism', on which the classic doctrine's implication is clear. If the State is overtly supporting the rebellion then it is party to it, a belligerent, and the question to ask is whether the war is just. If the State's involvement is covert, so that the State is seeking to disown...

The Babylonian Talmud Sole Authority

Rabbi Louis Finklestein was chosen in 1937 by the Kehillas (Jewish communities) of the World as one of the top 120 Jews best representing a lamp of Judaism to the World, together with Maxim Litvinov (Finklestein), the Communist Commissar and bank robber terrorist atheist communist Albert Einstein those indefatigable Marxist reds, Harold Laski and his friend Felix Frankfurter (U.S. Supreme Court Justice) who shared honors with Rabbi Finklestein and others. Finklestein has long headed the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, with branches in New York and Los Angeles. In his two-volume work The Pharisees. Rabbi Finklestein writes

Whose Agenda for the Twentyfirst Century

Much more omnipresent is that paradigm of public perception whose essence is the clash of two seemingly immovable and invincible stereotypes, rather than civilisations that beloved in Europe and the USA, especially since 11 September 2001, of a fanatically terrorist Islam,3 and that beloved by some 'fundamentalist'4 Muslims of an utterly corrupt and morally bankrupt West. Both stereotypes are fostered and fed by a press hungry for scandal and saleable copy, but the Western stereotype, at least, is part of an ancient tradition.5

Samuel Huntington Revisited

Asked, in the wake of 9 11, whether this was 'the clash of civilizations you have been warning about for nearly a decade', the now renowned Harvard political scientist, Samuel Huntington, responded that it was clearly intended to be viewed as such.582 There was a danger, he admitted, that further US attacks by way of response on other perceived terrorists could precipitate just that kind of clash of civilisations.583 Meyer perceives Huntington's thesis to have gained some plausibility in the light of the 9 11 attacks and other terrorist activities. But he believes that its prominence helps 'to promote the concept of fundamentalism'.587

Secular Vatican Mussolini to Mafia

The financial affairs of the Church spread like a tangled web that leads from the Vatican to international terrorist organizations to Mussolini and Hitler - a story that I will get to a little later.20 But the Vatican practice of hiding purely secular activities like political control (a la Opus Dei), banking, stock and currency speculation and even money laundering operations under a religious cover is a constantly occurring theme in all its dealings. As Yallop observes This was blackmail pure and simple, and it worked. The government caved in and agreed to give the Vatican special tax benefits even though they were illegal under Italian law. If this was the fate of a fairly rich and powerful European country like Italy, one can readily imagine how vulnerable and weak Latin American countries must be to such tactics. We shall see later that the Vatican has enormous financial and political clout in Latin America where it has financed wars and revolutions to protect and enhance its own...

Samaritans Purse to Baghdad

The Reverend Franklin Graham, son of the Reverend Billy Graham, sparked controversy following the September 11 terrorist attacks by characterizing Islam as a very evil and wicked religion during an interview with NBC. In a later Wall Street Journal column Graham sought to clarify his comments, saying he was not contending that Muslims are evil people because of their faith. But I decry the evil that has been done in the name of Islam, or any other faith-including Christianity. He added that the persecution or elimination of non-Muslims has been a cornerstone of Islam conquests and rule for centuries. In an interview with Paula Zahn on CNN, Graham said he does not believe Muslims are evil people, despite his disagreements with them. He said, I'm not a Muslim. I don't believe in Islam. And I have a lot of concerns and a lot of

Pharaohs Men Spread Rumors

Moses stood watching what was happening. He could not interfere, nor did he have the power to forbid these acts. All he could do was to advise his people to be patient. He ordered them to ask Allah the Almighty for a calamity on the Egyptians. He pointed out to them the model of the Egyptian magicians who endured for Allah's sake without complaint. He helped them to understand that Pharaoh's soldiers behaved on earth as if they were its private owners. Pharaoh's terrorism infused the children of Israel with a spirit of defeat. They complained to Moses

On Communism and Bolshevism

In the Soviet institutions the predominance of Jews is even more astonishing. And the prominent, if not indeed, the principal, part in the system of terrorism applied by the Extraordinary Commissions for Combating Counter-Revolution has been taken by Jews, and in some notable cases by Jewesses.

Hands off Radical Islam

Nevertheless, mainstream press coverage of this persecution is tepid and understated as a rule according to some media watchers. Similarly, when three Southern Baptist missionaries were killed in a Muslim terrorist attack in Yemen on December 31, 2002, the major media reacted, characteristically, with relative disinterest.

Vatican Woes Paganisation of Europe

Europeans, with their long history of struggles against the Church have seen the Emperor without his clothes. But Asiatics, Indians in particular, have failed to understand this history, and have accepted Church propaganda as truth. It is time that the people of the so-called Third World countries who have now become the target of the Church, following its near total rejection by the West, see the truth and recognize the real face of the Church. In this, India, with its deep philosophical roots, must take the lead. The Church is no more a soul-saving institution than the British East India Company was an organization devoted to the spread of civilization. Indians with their long association with European countries, backed by an unmatched pluralislic civilization of their own, should be in an ideal position to explore and expose the theocratic aims of Christianity. But with rare exceptions this has not happened. It is a source of unending wonder to me that despite the great number of...

From the Halls of Government

If prayer and Bible studies in public housing authorities and government-owned recreational centers in towns and cities agitate secularists, such meetings in the halls of state government really make them nervous. In February 2003, Alabama Governor Bob Riley, his cabinet members, and senior staff began voluntary Bible studies each Tuesday morning in the governor's office in the capitol building. Riley said he got the idea while serving in the United States Congress, where many congressmen participated in Bible meetings at the U.S. Capitol. It's voluntary, said Riley. Anyone who wants to come is more than welcome. The governor's office said that absolutely no state business would be discussed during the meetings, and the governor was careful to have plenty of other meetings with the staff so that none of them felt pressured to attend the Bible meetings just to gain access to him. Although only eleven of his fifty-five staff members chose to attend any of the meetings, Larry Darby,...

The 20th Century Revival of Christian Zionism

To such Fundamentalists the existence of a Palestinian Christian church is either ignored completely, or maligned as theologically Liberal and spiritually dead, an irrelevancy in the inexorable movement of world history leading to the imminent return of the Jewish Messiah. Basilea Schlink, for example, berates the Palestinian Intifada as 'terrorism aimed solely at destroying Israel.'267 Her uncompromising views are typical of many other Zionists who elevate the State of Israel to a privileged status far above any human sanction or criticism.

Neo Ijtihad and Return to the Salaf

On his return to Egypt, he joined the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) and was one of those who supported the Free Officers' coup in 1952. Falling out with the Nasserist regime, he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison in July 1955. Released in May 1964, he was re-arrested in August 1965 and charged with terrorism. On 29 August 1966, he was executed, a martyr in the view of many of his followers.293 The jahili society which he had so much, and so frequently, condemned had taken

General Edmund Allenby

It was inevitable that there would be an Arab backlash and consequently Britain placed severe restrictions on Jewish emigration right up to the declaration of independence in 1948 thereby inciting antipathy and terrorist attacks from both sides.175 The 1936 Peel Commission which had recommended the partition of Palestine between Jews and Arabs stated,

Free Speech and Hate Speech

Terrorists, since that linkage demeaned the religion. This approach has won the sympathy of EU authorities, whose recent guidelines urge member states to eschew terms like Islamic terrorist, preferring terrorists who abusively invoke Islam. 24 At the same time, European governments long proved themselves uncertain about how to respond to various forms of hate speech by Muslim activists themselves when the words were delivered in the form of religious exhortations. Matters have changed, however, following the recent terrorist upsurge, and the furious incitements to armed terrorism delivered by Britain's Abu Hamza did indeed lead to his imprisonment. Interestingly, the rabid extremism of some of the cartoon protests themselves forced European governments to reexamine what had seemed their limitless tolerance of loud-mouthed dissent. In Britain, the overt celebrations of the subway bombings and the open threats of repetition were sufficiently maddening to force official intervention, and...

The Teleological Suspension of the Ethical

In overstepping the ethical by relating himself as the single individual to a telos higher than the ethical, Abraham stands in an absolute relation to the absolute in the recognition of an absolute duty to God that cannot be mediated or reconciled with the ethical or universal. He thus performs what Johannes calls a 'teleological suspension of the ethical', which does not mean that the ethical is abolished but rather that it is relativized and given expression in a paradoxical or opposite manner from the way it is normally expressed in human relations (61). In being willing to sacrifice his son at divine command, Abraham does not cease to love Isaac, which is the highest ethical duty of a father to his son on the contrary, Johannes contends that one's absolute duty to God may 'bring one to do what ethics would forbid, but it can never make the knight of faith stop loving' (65). That is the crucial difference between Abraham and a murderer, political terrorist, or religious fanatic,...

The Mosque Militarist

Al-Quds mosque, which was a central meeting place for the Qaeda cell in which the September 11 conspiracy was nurtured. A frequent preacher at al-Quds was Moroccan imam Mohammed Fizazi, whose sermons were openly incendiary. In early 2001, he advocated killing all non-Muslims, all Christians and Jews, no matter if it's a man, a woman or a child. Contemplating the massacre of unbelievers, Fizazi acknowledged the ethical difficulties but only to the extent that the actual killers might suffer mental qualms or hardship. Still, as he told his listeners, You have not understood the words of God or the Koran if you believe that the nonbelievers want to do good. Fizazi himself had a long and convoluted career in the terrorist underworld. In the 1990s, he served as imam of a Saudi-funded mosque in Tangier until the Moroccan government barred him from preaching. Subsequently, Fizazi was linked to the 2003 bombings in Casablanca and was also associated with the group that carried out the 2004...

New Frankenstein Religion

Media reaction to the rising Christianity demonstrates curious parallels to the treatment of Islam. In terms of mainstream responses to the practice of the religion itself, European media and officialdom have demonstrated rather greater tolerance toward Islam than to immigrant Christianity, which is viewed as a peculiarly sinister faith not worthy of legal protections. Of course, Islam receives the vast bulk of news coverage because of society's fears of terrorism or subversion, which nobody has yet applied to southern world Christianity. Yet having said that, both Christians and Muslims receive a chilly reception from a secular media and officialdom.

Tale of Two Cities Past and Future

There is fear and apprehension about the future. On the one hand, science and technology promise a world of dazzling prosperity. Yet on the other hand, nuclear war and biological and chemical terrorism threaten the very existence of our world. A great charismatic leader in Europe will arise, responding to this crisis. He will enter into an alliance A powerful war-making apparatus marshaled by the coming European superpower will be billed as the cornerstone of world peace and security. Modern technology will be used to create a police-state that Hitler and Stalin could only have dreamed about. People will be induced to accept such draconian measures as the price of getting rid of terrorism and violent crime.

Who Began Liberation Theology

Examples of how Liberation Theology has functioned. The WCC gave 157,820 to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War between 1966 and 1970. They gave the revolutionary group SWAPO 740,000 and the communist ANC received 362,000.12 Christians who belong to denominations within the WCC (such as the Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist, et. al.) must bear responsibility for the bloodshed caused by wCc funding various terrorist groups, because their churches contribute large sums to the WCC. A new phase of Liberation Theology took place when Basic Christian Communities BCC were set up in Nicaragua and helped bring in the Marxist revolution. The BCCs began spreading throughout Latin America.

Marxist Parties in Israel

Herut, which is now reputedly the second most powerful Palestine party, was formed by the Sternist terrorists who dynamited British police in sadistic fashion. After Israel was declared a state by the UN, these Sternists were admitted to the Palestine parliament, the Knesset, calling their party Herut.

Fueling the Agenda Postmodern Hogwash

One illustration showed the Statue of Liberty bent over and weeping. Cassidy said that, since the sketch was made shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks, it was obvious to him that the artist was expressing the nation's grief. The professor instead examined the drawing through the subjective prism of feminism. She asserted that the artist chose the statue because American culture allows women to cry, but not men. The artist, constrained by cultural forces (presumably, live white guys), had surrendered his artistic freedom. To the professor, this constituted proof that society has established gender roles that men and women must follow. She said the purpose of her history course was to locate these gender roles and reject them.

Real Answers to Lifes Big Questions

Those who take time to look beyond themselves soon notice the tremendous inequities in our modern world, and wonder Why do millions of human beings suffer from a lack of food, lack of fresh water, lack of sanitation and inadequate shelter Why are so many people exploited and abused by corrupt leaders in failing countries Why are wars and deliberate acts of horrific violence and terrorism proliferating around the world Why is there no peace Millions want a better world, but know they cannot make it happen. Why, then, does God fail to intervene if indeed there is a God

The Limits of Morality

In the aftermath of recent terrorist violence, European leaders have shown themselves much more determined than hitherto to define and defend their values, the core contract of tolerant democratic societies, and to resist subversion by Islamist extremists operating through religious institutions. Radical imams have been prosecuted or deported, some countries exercise surveillance over sermons, and Germany is considering demands that preachers use German, rather than Arabic or Turkish. Some Muslim leaders themselves have praised such restraints as a means of driving out the radicals who poach their followers.

Protest against Oppression

In the early centuries of Islam there were many revolts against unjust rulers, carried out mainly by sectarian minorities the Shiites and the Kharijites and a very few Sunnite groups. The Kharijites, in particular, advocated the use of violence in order to redress injustices, and many find affinities with their thought in modern Muslim terrorist groups (Enayat 1982 7). However, the Sunnites and the Shiites have gradually adopted a form of more quiet and peaceful protest. Leading Muslim Sunni scholars have argued strongly against armed revolt (khuruj). They considered it unfruitful and worse than an unjust ruler because of the destruction caused in the confrontation. The Shiites have also developed an increasing tendency toward passive noncompliance with the established order. These two views, espousing respectively violent and passive resistance, are more or less characteristic of Islamic reform groups in modern times. It is worth discussing in more detail specific modern trends of...

The First Four Trumpets

The events, declared by these first four trumpets, are a prophetic fulfillment of the symbolism contained in the events of 9-11, when the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon were struck by terrorism. It is during the time of the first four trumpets when the symbolism of 9-11 is accomplished the economy, government and military might of the greatest nation on earth is struck a fatal blow.

Answers To Page2 Questions

1 The reason I passed information to the CIA was that while I was in Libya, (working with my father who was with the U.N.), I learned about the large missile silos the Russians had installed and were manning. I had never had anything to do with the CIA but as a concerned citizen for the welfare of the freeworld, I felt an obligation to pass on this information concerning the outflanking of Nato with Russian missiles. Today, I would not pass that information on, because afterwards I learned that CIA agents such as Edwin Wilson were carrying out assassinations for Libya's Qaddafi. CIA agent Wilson hired Anti-Castro Cubans and Green Berets to carry out assassinations and other assignments for Qaddafi. The CIA agents Frank Terpil and Wlson supplied Qaddafi with all kinds of forbidden military hardware like heat-seeking ground-to-air missiles, sabotage and psyc warfare training programs, sophisticated assassination gear and bombs disguised as household trinkets using plastic explosives to...

President George W Bush

Bush has frequently called the nation to prayer and made no secret of his Christian faith and reliance on Christ for wisdom in governance. He has been especially open with his spirituality since the September 11 terrorist attacks, often peppering his speeches with references to his religion. A reporter asked Michael Gerson, President Bush's chief speechwriter, if the president understood how offended many people were by the closing lines of his State of the Union address in January 2003. The supposedly controversial words were, The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to humanity. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman joined the fray in a column entitled The Real War on November 27, 2001. In it he argued that the real enemy in the War on Terror was not terrorism. Terrorism is just a tool, said Friedman. We're fighting to defeat an ideology religious totalitarianism. He said we fought World War II and the Cold War...

Congressional State and Local Chaplains

Congress and state legislatures are not the only places chaplains run into difficulties. In Portland, Oregon, police chaplain John Elms found that just performing his job was too controversial for some to handle. The Portland Police Bureau fired Elms after six years of voluntary service with the bureau, allegedly for proselytizing to police officers who had come to him for spiritual support. Apparently, Elm's major offending act was his distribution of 1,500 God's Word for Peace Officers Bibles, a Bible designed for officers following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Elms explained that he decided to pass the Bibles out following a trip to New York City, where he met many victims' families.

The Coalition of Religious and Political Zionism

If America goes down, then the whole world goes down. Nothing will remain of the world. If America was not around, the Soviet Union would take over the world in three days. Their goals are to destroy America to destroy it to reduce it to nothing and they feel they can effectively do it through terrorism.286 Only one nation, Israel, stands between Soviet-sponsored terrorist aggression and the complete decline of the United States as a democratic world power Surely demonic pressure will endeavor to encourage her to betray Israel. This must not happen. Israel is the key to America's survival. For God has said of the nations who will oppose Israel, Yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee (Isa.60 12 Gen. 12 3) As we stand with Israel, I believe we shall see God perform a mighty work in our day. God is going to bless America and Israel as well. It is not too late. I believe this is the greatest hour to be alive, and the...

The Great Beast and the Final Conflict

Today, in the eyes of Gnostics we have a rather blatant example of admixed, titanic influences of dark and hostile forces. On the one hand, there are greedy nations bleeding the world dry. who enact wars in the name of freedom, 'democracy, and God ,- on the other hand, there are terrorists seeking to bring about destruction and chaos in the nar .e of tme religion and God. In truth, both represent forms of cosmic ignorance, the God of the former being akin to the demiurgoc, and the God of the latter being akin to Satan. Both lead us on a path to darkness and destruction as they wage war against one another.

God Better Not Bless America

In Rocklin, California, placed the message God Bless America on the school marquee after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the ACLU accused the school of committing a clear violation of the California and United States constitutions, as well as the California Education Code. It must be replaced immediately, said the ACLU staff attorney.

The God of reason and the God of Christ

Dominus illuminatio mea . . . quem timebo Why, I ask, in conclusion, this theologically motivated resistance to proof of God, this fear of the light of human reason, this faith-induced loss of intellectual nerve There are all too many explanations of political, economic, social and cultural kinds for a nihilistic post-modern irrationalism for, contemplating the vicissitudes of the last appalling century, strewn as our inheritance of it is with the debris of officially declared military violence, of systematic economic exploitation, of racism, genocide, and of the consequent near to manic explosions of terrorism, who should be surprised if our age should look into the mirror of such a history, and declare itself to be 'post-modern', since all its values appear to have been dissolved in the corrosive acid of 'alterity' Yet it can seem to be an intellectual and moral betrayal of their God-given task that the theologians too should with such

The United States versus Europe

Entering its territory or boarding its aircraft, it would be much more difficult to differentiate between European citizens solely on the grounds of their religion or of their names. Had he so chosen, Mohammad Sidique Khan could easily have used his British passport to enter the United States, and perhaps to undertake a suicide attack on the subway system of New York City rather than London. Terrorism experts Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank argue that on these grounds, it can now be argued that the biggest threat to U.S. security emanates not from Iran or Iraq or Afghanistan but rather from Great Britain, our closest ally. 1 Assume, though, that the terrorist menace fades within a few years, just as the seemingly perpetual crisis of the 1970s evaporated in its time. Even so, cultural and religious differences between the United States and Europe are still critical, all the more so given Europe's continuing economic heft. For all the excitement over the coming of an Asian Century,...

The Islamic Quest for Sociopolitical Justice

The impact of Islam on politics in today's world attracts wide interest and has led to a flood of writings on so-called political Islam, a term apparently newly coined (Beinin and Stork 1997). Political Islam is defined as the doctrine and or movement, which contends that Islam possesses a theory of politics and the State (Ayubi 1991). The phenomenon is viewed to be at odds with modernity, and so Muslim political activism is customarily equated merely with terrorism and extremism. Many overlook the continuing movement within the Muslim world to relate Islam to contemporary social concerns.

The Quest for Moderates

Critically, what is a moderate in the context of contemporary Islam An individual might denounce terrorism and call for Muslims to be loyal citizens of the nations in which they live but could still hold unacceptably radical views on many sensitive issues. In Britain, MCB media secretary Inayat Bunglawala served as a prominent member of the post-7 7 road-show intended to denounce extremism. Bunglawala condemns terrorism and declares that Omar Bakri and Hassan Butt are known for their lunatic opinions and are utterly repudiated by the Muslim community. Yet Bunglawala through the years has left a lengthy paper trail of distinctly nonmoderate comments. In the early 1990s he praised American Islamist Sheikh Omar Abdul Rahman, and before 9 11, he circulated the writings of freedom fighter Osama bin Laden. Bunglawala has also denounced the mainstream British media as Zionist-controlled.38

Case Study Ground Zero Sign

'Slaughterhouse of the Religions' in recent times.543 Now, like the city of Jerusalem, the fundamental semiotics of New York breathe a threnody of terrorism and death whose memory will linger for hundreds of generations. Ben Macintyre stresses the symbolic nature of Jerusalem 'Jerusalem is not just the holiest of holy cities, but a metaphor, an idea, a symbol'.549 He believes that 'it is no accident that the most patriotic English hymn speaks of building Jerusalem, our own Jerusalem, in England's green and pleasant land. The Taleban built their brutal Jerusalem in Kandahar. New York is America's Jerusalem, which is why the terrorists destroyed its twin temples.'550 The World Trade Center was a sign of US commercial might the Pentagon was, and is, a sign of US military might. Both now participate in a bizarre semiotics of death. An aspect of all this is the misuse or even perversion of vocabularies by those who fail to perceive the cultural or theological baggage which such...

Case Study Ground Zero Object

If, in the months following the terrorist attacks on America on 11 September 2001, one had asked a very simple question, namely, 'what lies beyond Huntington's thesis ', the almost universal answer, from scholars and the ill-informed alike, might have been The Paradigm Spectre of Ground Zero. The following survey and analysis is based on contemporary media records.

More Important Subjects

Hymowitz also shared an exchange that took place at a meeting of the New York chapter of NCSS between a teacher and Alan Schulman, a member of a panel on The Impact of September 11 on Social Studies Professionals. When the teacher explained that her students had been anxious to learn more American history after the terrorist attacks, Schulman responded, We need to de-exceptionalize the United States. We're just another country and another group of people.

Grand Democratic Strategy

Readers of the Houston Chronicle may think they know where this is all going to go -especially after the Chronicle covered a group called the Texas Faith Network (TFN), an organization opposed to fundamentalist theology and activism in the education and political arenas. At a TFN conference in Houston, participants concluded that the true enemy in the war on terrorism is, as you might have guessed, religious fundamentalism.

Identifying Extremists

Depending then on how we define the radical movement, Europe today faces a serious danger from violent extremism rooted in radical Islamism. But terrorism is a broad-brush term covering quite different types of activity that demand quite distinct responses. Some movements like the IRA or ETA are deeply rooted in the community and command a degree of popular support. Other groups, in contrast, like those that undertook the Madrid or London bombings, need not necessarily have had any connections whatever in the broader world of Spanish or British Islam. To use a historical analogy, in the 1920s or 1930s, a large number of Europeans sympathized with communist or radical socialist parties who at least spoke the language of radical revolution, and fantasized openly about what they might do on The Day when the final conflict erupted. Yet for all the wild rhetoric, democratic nations, at least, responded judiciously. They drew a careful distinction between truly dangerous militants and...

National Public Radio and Public Broadcast Service

In another regrettable incident, NPR reporter David Kestenbaum, on January 22, 2002, seemed to imply that the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), a Christian pro-family ministry, was involved in the terrorist anthrax attacks on our nation's capital. Kestenbaum's exact words from the transcript are

Is There a Tendency toward Monopoly and Violence in Religion

Proselytizing religions engage in activities that privately advertise, cajole, and pressure nonmembers to join. Missionary activity by the Roman Catholic Church from the sixteenth century on is an example of prosely-tization. Jehovah's Witnesses and the Mormon Church are more recent examples of proselytizing religions. In some instances, the threat of reduced utility from loss of members to rival sects, or the very existence of large numbers of nonbelievers, may provoke open military action or brute force. The current threat of Muslim terrorist activity may derive in part from some extreme forms of this effect. Militant Muslims maintain that there are only two religions Islam and everything else. All believers that are not Muslim are therefore considered infidels, and are not to be tolerated. History is replete with earlier examples as well. The Crusades of the twelfth through fourteenth centuries, ostensibly undertaken to rescue the Holy Land from infidels, was warfare in the name of...

Walter Brueggemann

The Book of Jeremiah, second of the three major prophets, is immensely complex. Its different interpretive voices stretch across several generations and do not cohere into an easily identifiable and uniform theology. Instead, in both poetry and prose, the Book of Jeremiah witnesses an ongoing conversation among different advocates concerning the crisis of Babylon's expansion and Jerusalem's demise. In this volume, Walter Brueggemann elucidates these various voices in the context of Judah's commitment to the rule of the one God, Yhwh. This messy interface of the theological and political constitutes the primal challenge of the Book of Jeremiah, and Brueggemann shows how the book asserts that God continues to be similarly and disturbingly operative in the affairs of the world. In this way, contemporary crises such as American imperialism and religiously inspired terrorism are shown to be dislocations with ancient antecedents, but dislocations that continue to invite readers to new...

Puppetmaster of P2

Few know or have heard of Licio Gelli, but for nearly three decades following the Second World War, he was one of the most powerful and influential men in the world. At one time he practically owned the Italian government as well as those in several Latin American countries. He was the head of a secret international terrorist organization known as 'Propaganda Due' or in short P2. He could make or break governments in Italy and most South American countries. When General Jose Peron returned to power in Argentina, he publicly expressed his gratitude by kneeling at the feet of Gelli. One of the more unconventional members of P2 was the former Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie - the 'butcher of Lyon' - whom Gelli had known through his services as a Nazi agent during the Second World War. September 1978, Cardinal Villot took immediate steps to destroy a good deal of the evidence surrounding the circumstances of the pontiff's death. Only the night before, the Pope had informed Villot that he was...

The First Thunder

Terrorism and war are not new to mankind. This has been the way of man for thousands of years, but this terrorism is part of end-time prophecy and this is what makes it different from all other acts of war. All Seven Thunders contain things that have occurred on the earth in one way or another ever since man's beginning. Terrorism is not new. Wars are not new. But what is happening now, in these Seven Thunders, is new because it is part of end-time prophecy. All these things will lead directly into the final three and one-half years of great physical tribulation on all the earth, with ever increasing intensity. The success of al-Qaeda's terrorist attack on 9 11 was the beginning of the First Thunder. This was the very day the Sixth Seal of the Book of Revelation was opened. So the events of this day have very great Biblical and prophetic significance Terrorism is war and war is terror. An American Civil War General, William T. Sherman, is recognized for a famous quote, in which he...

Corrupt To The Core

Charles Templeton's distaste for much of what has happened through churches was evident in our conversation as well as in his writings. While conceding that organized religion has done immeasurable good, he charged that it has seldom been at its best. Too often it has been a negative influence Across the centuries and on every continent, Christians-the followers of the Prince of Peace-have been the cause of and involved in strife. 8 For example, he likened the church during the Middle Ages to a terrorist organization. 9

Social protest

Those who died that day shimmering on it, rising to the heavens. At the song's crescendo, the by then towering curtain was released, and gravity brought it tumbling to the ground, each illumined name crumpling into darkness. In this bit of stagecraft, the September 11 victims were fittingly remembered, but coming as it did from an Irish band with a reputation for its criticisms of the exploitative excesses of American hegemony, a subtext was joined to the picture of a clash of civilizations that the terrorist attack had exacerbated in the popular imagination - that beyond the ruins of our clannish hatreds, there is a flame that illuminates a place where streets have no name, where divisions of politics, economics, geography and religion have been left behind. Joining the image of the collapsing tower with this image of a common human destiny was an innovative moment of mythmaking. And it transpired at the Superbowl, no less, the high holy day of so many things American.

Unequal Access

School officials in Crosby, Minnesota, prohibited a Christian group called the Lunch Bunch from passing out flyers or posters to advertise its meetings at Crosby-Ironton High School. Club members Katie Hodges and Jonathan Friesner were trying to publicize the club's annual See You at the Pole-National Day of Student Prayer (SYATP), which is a national celebration. In fact, a week after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America, more than three million students participated in the event in all fifty states. Yet the school principal denied Katie and Jonathan permission to distribute the leaflets unless they substituted praise for prayer. On a separate occasion he also prohibited the club from promoting a Bible study.

Going Underground

In the meantime, fight clubs have sprung up all over the country Out of them Tyler starts Project Mayhem, a revolutionary organization that thrives on petty vandalistic acts that eventually mutate into terrorist attacks against major corporations and big business. During one mission, a member of Project Mayhem, Bob, is shot and killed by the police. Jack is horrified. Bob was the first person that he met at his testicular-cancer support group and his death deeply affects Jack who now wants to stop Project Mayhem's activities. Tyler Durden, though, has disappeared.

Kronstadt

Terrorist Trotsky (real name Bronstein), who was later to gouge out eyes and dismember his victims in sadistic Talmudic fashion, during the Red Terror, was reported by Ambassador Francis to have aroused great enthusiasm by advocating violent measures. (State Department Exhibit 248).

Local Level

We begin at the local level, with events surrounding a public housing development in New York City in the wake of September 11. Following the terrorist attacks, the American people forged a stronger bond than any in recent memory. In seeking to help the people in New York City deal with their shock and grief, many religious leaders came forward to offer spiritual guidance, counseling, and assistance. Pastor Joan Daily, a longtime resident of a public housing development in Woodside in Queens, New York, sought permission from the New York City Housing Authority to rent a room at the Woodside Community Center to conduct a Bible study and prayer meeting for aggrieved city residents. Several Woodside residents died in the terrorist attacks. Though the facility is routinely used by various groups for a wide range of purposes, from exercise classes to adult education, the Authority denied the pastor's request. Officials cited a city policy prohibiting religious services, unless the...

Hollywood Bias

The mean-spiritedness that characterizes so much of the news media's treatment of Christianity is also on display in Hollywood, where, among other things, we again see a sanitized treatment of radical Islamic violence. Author and movie critic Michael Medved pointed out that Hollywood's latest crop of terrorist movies depicted terrorists as anything but Islamic fanatics bent on killing Americans and destroying the United States. In the movie Bad Company, the terrorists are Yugoslav extremists planning to detonate a stolen nuclear bomb under Grand Central Station. In The Sum of All Fears, neo-Nazi European industrialists are the terrorists of choice who-adding insult to injury-buy a lost Israeli bomb intending to unleash it at the Super Bowl, hoping to start a full-blown nuclear war between America and Russia. What's worse, the Tom Clancy novel upon which this movie is based had Muslims as the terrorist group, but Arab-American lobbyists pressured Paramount Pictures to change their...

Crime and Injustice

Organized crime and narcotics activity in Europe is incomprehensible except in the context of Muslim-dominated syndicates, often with terrorist connections Albanian, Kurdish, Turkish, Pakistani, and Moroccan. Obviously, this activity implies nothing about the nature of Islam or its adherents but rather illustrates the well-known phenomenon of ethnic succession, in which crime represents the usual stepping-stone for the newest arrivals in any given society. For creditable reasons, scholars wishing to avoid negative stereotyping are reluctant to work on Muslim criminal underworlds, yet such activity is critical to understanding these communities, and as we shall see, for the potential for political radicalization. Muslims today represent the main component of criminal underworlds and prison populations in Germany, France, Sweden, or the Netherlands. Within the French banlieues, local gang leaders or caids wield an influence strongly reminiscent of the

VMI Dinner Prayer

Some of our major universities don't have the same reluctance toward Muslim speakers as they do toward Christian ones. In fact, a willingness among universities to give even pro-terrorist Islamist speakers a campus platform, in stark contrast to the animus displayed toward Christians, could be seen in an incident at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Michael Curtiss, a Christian second-year resident in the Wausau Family Practice program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, claimed he was persecuted because he asked a couple of innocuous questions during a required 2002 lecture on Islam. This particular one, by two first-year Muslim residents, was on the subject of Islam and Muslim culture, and no medical topics were discussed at all, said Curtiss. There was no point to the lecture other than to give them a forum to expound their religious views. They wouldn't have given me two and a half hours to teach about Christianity, not that I would expect them to. During the...

Why This Boor

The deeper I became involved in the writing of this book, the more evident it became to me that I was offering a critique not only of the new atheism but also of the kind of religious thought, ethics, and spirituality against which it is reacting. I suggest that there are reliable and more interesting theological alternatives to both. However, even though the new atheists reject the God of creationists, fundamentalists, terrorists, and intelligent design (ID) advocates, it is not without interest that they have decided to debate with these extremists rather than with any major theologians. This choice of antagonists betrays their unconscious privileging of literalist and conservative versions of religious thought over the more traditionally mainstream types which they completely ignore and implicitly reject for their unorthodoxv. The new atheists are saying in

Blasphemy

This is especially true in terms of hostile representations of religious themes, and many recent examples illustrate the profound disparity of treatment, and of the official response. The controversies over the Danish cartoons and the film Submission taught European media harsh lessons about the limits of presenting controversial themes in the area of Islam, and overwhelmingly, they have responded with self-censorship. Other religious activists have also enjoyed great success in preventing the presentation of unflattering themes. In 2004, Britain experienced a debate quite as unsettling as the cartoon affair, when Birmingham Rep Theatre produced the play Behzti (Dishonor). The work, which was written by a young Sikh woman, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatt, depicted sexual abuse and murder in the context of a Sikh temple. Furious militants mounted protests and threatened to storm the theater. Giving credence to the threats was the presence among the protesters of members of aggressive Sikh militias...

Generation of Terror

Watching the sudden upsurge of religious-motivated terrorism in Europe in 2004-2005, American media in particular often suggested that outbreaks of this sort represented a radical departure from previous tranquility, that European governments were facing a wholly new reality. A worldwide jihad movement seemed to have arrived on Europe's shores more or less overnight, presumably imported by the continent's new migrants. In reality, Islamist attacks admittedly on a smaller scale had been in progress over the previous twenty years, particularly in France. Making this point is not just to plead for a more comprehensive accounting of terrorist violence but to suggest a rather different view of its causation. If in fact the violence was a post-9 11 phenomenon, then we could plausibly associate it with al-Qaeda and its ideology. In reality, though, Middle Eastern-related terrorism in Europe has far more complex origins, which cannot be readily associated with any one ideology, or...

Responding

Britain has also been extremely hospitable to leading activists who are wanted in their home countries on very serious charges. Some of the perpetrators of the 1995 GIA campaign in France found refuge here, to the horror of French law enforcement. It was in these years that the British capital acquired its unsavory reputation of London-istan. Abu Qatada was twice convicted in Jordan on terrorist charges, and many other British Islamist leaders stand high on the most-wanted lists of countries like Egypt, Tunisia, and the Gulf states. Yemen has a long-standing request to extradite Abu Hamza on charges of plotting terrorism in that country. Omar Bakri is a British resident only because he claimed asylum there in the mid-1980s while in flight from the Saudi Arabian police. One Islamist militant wanted in the attempted assassination of a former Egyptian prime minister lived freely in Britain States, a group pledged to support armed Palestinian resistance against the state of Israel would...

Transforming Faith

Europeans of most political shades would now admit that they face a Muslim Problem, in the sense of deciding how to deal with social, cultural, and political views that seem barely compatible with those of the liberal mainstream. Yet perhaps the issue is not so much a Muslim problem as a religion problem, a systematic failure by European elites to understand religious thought and motivation. In much of the recent discussion about Islam, commentators are understandably anxious to avert the dangers of extremism and terrorism, to persuade Muslims to absorb virtues of tolerance and pluralism. Yet often the underlying assumption is that religion itself is a problem, at least in anything like its historic forms. In the words of one of the best contemporary authorities on European Islam, Jocelyne Cesari, liberal Europeans seem to be asking Muslims, Why do you need religion Why can't you live like us As Ian Buruma notes, some of the fear of Islam arises from European historical amnesia Muslim...

Ultras

The modern European encounter with Islam is not as ominous as is often alleged, and perceptions of a naked clash of civilizations are wide of the mark. Yet this is slim consolation given the obvious and potent threat from contemporary terrorist movements. Extreme Islamist politics may appeal to only a small minority, and may be just a transient phenomenon but committed minorities have destroyed nations and societies, and often in a short space of time. To be optimistic about the general prospects for ethnic and religious assimilation does not mean trivializing the real dangers posed by terrorist violence. The threat must always remind governments of the high stakes they are playing with in debates over integration and assimilation. attacks in Madrid, London, and elsewhere, together with several thwarted attempts, raise the prospect of one or many European versions of 9 11, mega-terror attacks launched by Islamic extremists. A report from the normally restrained British intelligence...

Paths to Terror

Combating terrorism would be much easier if the menace came from one unified network with a single cause, allowing authorities to infiltrate networks, to hunt down militants, and to stem sources of arms and money. In fact, for all we have heard in recent years about the threat from al-Qaeda, many of the most notorious attacks have been the work of autonomous or independent local groups only marginally connected with any central organization. with international Islamist forces. TWo of the four had visited a camp of the Pakistan-based Kashmiri extremist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, which operated under the cover of a religious school, a madrassa. But the final attack seems spontaneous and autonomous, the kind of event that could not have been prevented by disrupting the organizational networks of any of the well-known terrorist movements.6 In the aftermath of the British ricin plot, British police made the conventional, and accurate, declaration that the police service knows that the...

To the reader

The situation changed when the horrible terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York and Washington awakened the population of the western world and opened their eyes for the aggressive elements in Islam and the presence and expansion of Islamic influence worldwide. Soon they made them reflect about violence in religion as such. In many conflicts religion is involved, in Palestine and the Near East, in many African countries, in Indonesia, in India and Pakistan. But in all its ambivalence religion is not dying. It is changing its appearances, it is true, but by no means can religion be considered a merely private affair, since its impact on public life can hardly be denied. In this sense the overall situation is rapidly changing. However, we are not living in the world of one religion anymore, the one to which we belong. Different religions are competing with each other, and we have to learn to deal with a plurality of religions which are calling for our reaction. That leads to...

The arms trade

The supply and transfer of weapons is widely felt to be reprehensible, but arguments to this effect are often weak. It is said that scarce resources are wasted on weapons, but this is to forget that the arms trade is driven by demand rather than supply. It is insecure States and weak rebels who seek to buy weapons and it is not obvious how to put a price on the 'security' that they seek. From a just war perspective, however, certain crisp observations suggest themselves. First, the tradition's concern for legitimacy works against covert actions such as State-sponsored terrorism and secret arms deals. If the State's actions are honourable, why should they be secret There is rarely a good answer. Second, whoever puts a lethal weapon into the hand of another, especially the hand of one with such a dubious record as that of many a state or rebel movement, should surely beware of becoming an accessory to murder. Third, there are simple guidelines which could easily impose tight and...

Making Militants

The new sense of global jihad also inspired other revolutionary movements that would have a still more direct and more acute effect on Europe, and who often formed tactical alliances with each other. One was the Egyptian-derived Takfir wal Hijra, which is commonly a missing link in discussions of European terrorism and subversion, and the group's members surface repeatedly in militant networks. Part of their appeal lies in their antinomian ideology, their sense that normal moral restrictions can be abandoned for the sake of achieving the The Algerian war of the 1990s also inspired revolutionary ideas across the Islamic world in Europe and elsewhere while fleeing militants carried the war outside Algeria itself. By the mid-decade, Algerian militants were launching attacks in France, activities that, if not actually undertaken in the name of al-Qaeda, differed little from the post-9- 11 campaigns. In 1995, the Algerian GIA undertook a ferocious series of bombings on French soil, mainly...

Postmodern Cleanness

Generalized other is supposedly exceeded at the point where a legal acknowledgment of freedom passes over into the nonlegislatable style of regarding the other's specificity. This is a matter of cultivating a manner, rather than simply following a rule. And apparently this is a liturgical idiom, because respect for the other is described by Levinas in terms of the worshipful acknowledgment of the absolute Other, in his irreducible absence (Levinas 1969). At this point, Alain Badiou objects to Levinas that such a religious perspective mystifies and obscures human relationships. If every human being presents to us the absolute distance of God, then we are always asked to respect the ineffable in mortals, and nothing is said regarding how we are to respect the actual appearing attributes of mortals, save vacuously, insofar as they contain a trace of the unsoundable (Badiou 2002). Here the merging of rights with the protocols of sublime civility toward others in fact removes one even...

Alienation

Radicals also established at least a rhetorical presence in poor and working-class areas. Even if young Muslims did not accept or debate their ideas in any detail, Islamic guerrillas and terrorists became a powerful symbol of resistance to the mainstream society. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Berliners were appalled to see residents of the immigrant neighborhoods of Neuk lln and Kreuzberg firing bottle rockets in celebration. Some weeks afterward, France and Algeria met in a soccer match, and when the Algerians were obviously losing, a mob of French-born north African youths invaded the pitch, chanting Bin Laden Bin Laden Surveys of Dutch Muslims showed just 62 percent disapproving of the 9-11 attacks.32 Reading these comments, we should recall that the BBC is anything but a mouthpiece of government, to the extent that the corporation refuses to apply the judgmental word terrorism even to the most blatant attacks against civilians. If Muslims find even the...

Converts

Some of the most notorious Islamist terrorists of recent years have been converts to the faith, including Richard Reid, or the London suicide bomber Jermaine Lindsay. Both men, from Afro-Caribbean cultures, were drawn by extremist evangelism in prisons and criminal milieux. Also from Caribbean roots is Abu Izzadeen, formerly Trevor Brooks, a spokesman for al-Ghurabaa'. Even by the standards of Lon-donistan, one of the most vociferous Islamist preachers is the Jamaican-born Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal, formerly Trevor Forest. His threats of mass murder against Jews, Christians, and Hindus led to his imprisonment for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred. ( How wonderful it is to kill the Kuffar unbeliever ) No less than three of those accused in the airliner plots of August 2006 were British-born converts. Jason Walters, one of the most vociferous militants of the Hofstad group, was also a convert, and had an American father. Dhiren Barot, who plotted mega-terror attacks in...

Seeing Muslims

The logic of seeking out moderate and responsible groups is convincing, especially as a means of heading off Islamic extremism. If in fact rioters or terrorists are motivated by religious zeal, then in theory they should pay some heed to official condemnation and if militants are recalcitrant, then they would find themselves isolated in their communities. (Both theories have proved dubious in practice.) Moreover, the fact that a visibly Muslim body is negotiating with the senior levels of a European government would give ordinary Muslims a sense that they had a voice in national affairs. The practice fits splendidly with the goals of multiculturalism, of acknowledging the different values and interests of communities. Unfortunately, it has also promoted the role of very conservative Muslim activists who on some occasions are themselves scarcely less radical and anti-assimilationist than the extremists they are meant to counterbalance. new governing body of French Islam, the Conseil...

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