Posted by politicalpartypooper on January 14, 2010

Fareed Zakaria mentioned earlier this week that the goal of Al Qaeda terrorists is to terrorize us, since they are terrorists.  Shame on you, Fareed.  And here, you were one of my favorite talking heads because of your in- depth reporting.  But you missed the boat on this one by an entire universe, and you, of all people, should know better.  I ran into another blogger who cited Fareed’s quote, which is as follows:

The purpose of terrorism is to provoke an overreaction. Its real aim is not to kill the hundreds of people directly targeted but to sow fear in the rest of the population. Terrorism is an unusual military tactic in that it depends on the response of the onlookers. If we are not terrorized, then the attack didn’t work. Alas, this one worked very well.

Now, I understand that we call Al Qaeda terrorists, and from our perspective, Fareed’s comment might make a lot of sense.  However, it only makes sense to us.    Al Qaeda takes an entirely different view on the subject.  Sure, they want to scare us, but their goal is much larger than that.  I left a comment at this other blogger’s site, and the bottom part of this post is the gist of it:

Al Qaeda does not call themselves terrorists, for starters. So, assuming that their goal is to terrorize us, or to make us afraid is a mistake.

Actually, their goals have been clearly spelled out for many years. All you really need to do is read some of the teachings of Sayyid Qutb to understand what they aim to achieve. But I’ll spell it out for you.

They aim to revive Islam, establish “true” Islamic states, install Sharia, and eliminate all non-Muslim influences from their Muslim world. Their main enemies are Jewry, socialism, nationalism, and democracy. According to Qutb and his students, Muslims are Muslims and nothing else. They are not Americans, Egyptians, Palestinians, Saudis, or any other nationality. “Muslim” is the totality of their being. Anyone who does not believe in this way is an enemy.

So when you write that their goal is to terrorize us, you fall way short of what they are actually trying to accomplish. They might use terror as a tool, but to suggest that this is their goal exposes an ignorance that they would be more than happy to have you believe in.

This didn’t start because of Israel, or because of the Palestinian situation. And this isn’t just an American problem. It’s an international one. You can trust that they won’t stop until they have either achieved their goal, or all have died fighting for it; because they believe God has decreed it.

Terror? It’s only a tool. Sayyid Qutb taught that all means toward achieving their goal were not only justified, but necessary. The world hasn’t seen a threat like this since the early days of Christianity and Islam. Further, they do the majority of their “work” not through terror, but through teaching.

Terrorizing us is their goal?  Not hardly, not even by half.



  1. th3cow said

    Most people with basic knowledge of the subject will agree that Islamisation of the world is their aim.
    Now – how do you convince Obama?
    He says that the USA is not at war with Islam, but refuses to admit that Islam is at war with the USA. And with Europe. And wit all Unbelievers.

    • tosmarttobegop said

      Using the logic than every Christian would need to be blamed for the relatively small number of Christians that wish to turn the United States into a theocracy. It does not matter which religious belief those wishing to make the country or world in to a theocracy is would be wrong and against the will of their God.

      Living by the law of God does not come from a Government it comes from the freely chosen faith.
      We are lucky, both groups are so small and too weak to accomplish their goals.

      • th3cow said

        You would be correct, but for one small but very important fact:

        Christianity (and Judaism and other religions, for that matter) does not preach geo-political dominance of others.

        The reason that al Qaeda’s aim is the Islamisation of the world (and that means political domination!), is because it is also the declared aim of Islam.

        And therein lies the Big Difference.


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