Translation of the original text: From Barbary Wars to Somali Piracy Κατά τη διάρκεια μιας πρόσφατης πειρατείας στη θάλασσα της Σομαλίας, ο Αμερικανός πλοίαρχος Ρίτσαρντ Φίλιπς, είχε κρατηθεί σαν όμηρος από τους πειρατές. Ο Charles Krauthammer, αναλυτής του δικτύου Fox News, κατέληξε με βεβαιότητα στο συμπέρασμα, ότι «τα καλά νέα είναι ότι αυτοί, (οι πειρατές) δεν είναι […]
The “Water” Jihad has a Long Lineage Pajamas Media Translations of this item: Greek During the recent Somali pirate standoff with U.S. forces, when American sea captain Richard Phillips was being held hostage, Fox News analyst Charles Krauthammer confidently concluded that “the good news is that these [pirates] are not jihadists. If it’s a jihadist holding a […]
Ibrahim, an Arabic language specialist at the Library of Congress at the time he wrote The Al Qaeda Reader, has compiled a collection of screeds by Al-Qaeda’s top figures, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, that reveal in full the deranged world-view that drives the global Islamist terrorist network.
Ibrahim’s translations are an important contribution to the field. Rather than serve as a middleman, as most analysts do, Ibrahim allows Al-Qaeda to articulate for itself the anti-Semitism, xenophobia, paranoia, anti-modernism, and anarchism that drive its terrorist agenda against the United States and America’s “infidel” allies.
Jihad Watch I recently taped and am watching a documentary, “The Crusades: Crescent and the Cross,” on the History Channel. While it is more or less historically accurate—names, dates, figures—it suffers from two weaknesses, weaknesses that often take center stage whenever Islam is discussed in the West: 1) biases and apologetics on behalf of Islam, […]
Is Obama’s deep bow (with slightly bent knee) to the Saudi king as bad as it seems? The White House, apparently forgetful that we live in the Internet age, where everything is swiftly documented and disseminated— or else thinking it leads a blind nation — insists the president did not bow. He supposedly always bends in half […]
Pajamas Media In recent House hearings dedicated to examining Islamic extremism, I stressed that the fundamental stumbling block to effective policy-making is educational and epistemological. What people are taught about Islam needs a serious overhaul before we can expect to formulate strategies that make sense. Worth heeding is former top Pentagon official William Gawthrop’s 2006 lament that […]
An Account by Fr. Zakaria Botros Jihad Watch. Danish; Indonesian Part 1 Father Zakaria Botros recently ran a show dedicated to discussing the question of morality and how it is—or should be—one of the hallmarks of “prophethood.” At the start, he posed the focal question of the show: “Was Muhammad the prophet a moral man—the most upright […]
Jihad Watch Some time back, I wrote a book review for The Mind of Jihad by Laurent Murawiec for the Weekly Standard. Soon thereafter, Mr. Murawiec wrote something of an angry rebuttal — accusing me of having an “agenda” and “disfiguring” his book — which was to be published in a forthcoming Weekly Standard issue. The editors were kind enough […]
Judeo-Christian Violence vs. Islamic Violence Jihad Watch Especially after the terrorist strikes of 9/11, Islam has often been accused of being intrinsically violent. Many point to the Koran and other Islamic scriptures and texts as proof that violence and intolerance vis-à-vis non-Muslims is inherent to Islam. In response, a number of apologetics have been offered. The fundamental […]
Pajamas Media Why do some Muslims become suicide bombers or “martyrs”? In fact, these two near antithetic words — on the one hand, broken, desperate suicides, on the other, heroic martyrs — intrinsically demonstrate the radically different epistemologies the average Westerner and Muslim will articulate their answer through. In other words, that Westerners consider them […]