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I'll be referring back to this passage in my next post on the 2d edition of Zawahiri's 2d spiritual autobiography, Knights Under the Banner of the Prophet: Ultimately, for Al-Muqrin, the strategic goal of any just war has to be an eschatological and ethereal -- albeit distant -- one of promoting Islam’s ultimate global victory or, as he puts it, “to fight for the sake of God to make the shari’a the law of the land and for the word of God to become supreme.” A religiously based - state an Islamic Caliphate - would be established as the institutional... Read more »

The Aftermath of Another Affront

by Chris Lundry (with R. Bennett Furlow) It did not take long for the images of the US Marines urinating on corpses of Taliban fighters to go viral. A moment of lapsed judgment will circulate as long as anyone is interested in seeing it, certainly long after short attention spans move on to other things and the fallout – including, presumably, disciplinary actions for the soldiers – settles. Predictably, extremist sites have been all over […] Read more »

Islamism and Dissent vs. Identity in the Voting Booth

by Jeffry R. Halverson* “If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated and that its honor has been trampled underfoot, it will want to express its identity.”                                                                                           […] Read more »