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Global Jihad and America questions the assumption if Islamist terrorism, or “Global Jihad,” poses the biggest threat to modern civilization in the East and West. It explores if Islamic and Western civilizations, being “incompatible” to each other, are destined to be at loggerheads. Consequently, the book argues that state-sponsored terrorism and proxy wars—not terrorist acts by “non-state actors”—will pose the biggest security threat to the world.
This study does not suggest that the world has already reached the cul-de-sac of its destiny with no point of return. Both America and the Muslim World can play important roles to avert the catastrophe. Meanwhile, the gap between the needy and the rich and powerful is widening. Throughout history, sections of the rich and powerful have manipulated wars in the name of peace and justice, religion and freedom. So the big question now is: with America and its allies waging a “war on terror and extremism” and their Muslim adversaries defending honor and religion, is a disaster looming?
Chapter 7: Another Eye of the Storm: The Middle East and Northwest Africa
Another Eye of the Storm: The Middle East and Northwest Africa
About ten days after 9/11, I went through the Pentagon…and one of the generals called me in. He said, “We've made the decision we're going to war with Iraq”…. I said, “We're going to war with Iraq? Why?”…. He said, “I guess they don't know what else to do.” So I said, “Well, did they find some information connecting Saddam to al-Qaeda?” He said, “No, no.” He said, “There's nothing new that way. They just made the decision to go to war with Iraq.” He said, “I guess it's like we don't know what to do about terrorists, but we've got a good military ...