Jihad: The Cold War Continued


Dear Friends:

Dean’s World had an link to day that is worthy of some serious consideration. Here is an extract from the article from Business Week, which demonstrates that the motivation of homicide bombers are more political than religious:

“The presumed connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism is misleading and may be encouraging domestic and foreign policies likely to worsen America’s situation and to harm many Muslims needlessly,” he (Professor Robert Pape of the University of Chicago) writes. Here’s a summary of his analysis, which is based on the 315 suicide terrorist attacks from 1980 to 2003:

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, a Marxist-Leninist Hindu group opposed to religion, committed the largest number of suicide attacks, 76. The Kurdish PKK, which used the tactic 14 times, is headed by a secular Marxist-Leninist, Abdulah Ocalan. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, another Marxist-Leninist group, and the al-Aqsa Brigade, which has ties to the socialist Fatah movement, account for a third of the attacks against Israel. Communist and socialist groups account for 75% of the attacks in Lebanon. Islamic fundamentalists, he concludes, were associated with about only half of the attacks from 1980 to 2003. And such fundamentalist Islamic countries as Iran and Sudan aren’t producing any suicide bombers.

This also echoes a post I made in August, Romanian Connection to Islamic Terror. n a National Review Online article (Russian Footprints – What does Moscow have to do with the recent war in Lebanon? By Ion Mihai Pacepa) there is interesting information from General Pacepa, who was a Romanian Intelligence Officer assisting the Soviets to spread anti-Jewish/Israel sentiment through the Middle East during the 1970s.

Some extracts that are insightful:

“General Aleksandr Sakharovsky, who created Communist Romania’s intelligence structure and then rose to head up all of Soviet Russia’s foreign intelligence, often lectured me: In today’s world, when nuclear arms have made military force obsolete, terrorism should become our main weapon.

Also, this:

In 1972, the Kremlin decided to turn the whole Islamic world against Israel and the U.S. As KGB chairman Yury Andropov told me, a billion adversaries could inflict far greater damage on America than could a few millions. We needed to instill a Nazi-style hatred for the Jews throughout the Islamic world, and to turn this weapon of the emotions into a terrorist bloodbath against Israel and its main supporter, the United States. No one within the American/Zionist sphere of influence should any longer feel safe

………. The codename of this operation was SIG (Sionistskiye Gosudarstva, or Zionist Governments), and was within my Romanian service’s sphere of influence, for it embraced Libya, Lebanon, and Syria. SIG was a large party/state operation. We created joint ventures to build hospitals, houses, and roads in these countries, and there we sent thousands of doctors, engineers, technicians, professors, and even dance instructors. All had the task of portraying the United States as an arrogant and haughty Jewish fiefdom financed by Jewish money and run by Jewish politicians, whose aim was to subordinate the entire Islamic world.

Many Conservative friends detest communism and the toxic totalitarian states that it creates. Does it not make some sense that the war on Islamic-extremist movements that relish Jihad are a continuation of this old Cold War Struggle?

Focusing energy on demeaning and degrading an entire religion because of homicide bombings seems counterproductive. I think the points made by Pape and Pacepa warrant due consideration.


One Response to “Jihad: The Cold War Continued”

  1. Yursil Says:


    You may want to promote this event:


    A free live dialogue with one of the major traditional scholars and a popular Islamic magazine which is on American bookshelves, Islamica Magazine.

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