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May 19, 2005

Walid Phares: "Newsweek's "infidels" trigger prepared Jihad"

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

The Jihadists planned and set the trap, they waited, and Newsweek jumped right in to help them launch a major counter offensive to undo everything our nation has accomplished since 9/11, and particularly undermine the credibility of the US supported ascending democracy movements in the region. 

With one sentence, "Newsweek" triggered a series of violent intifadas in countries as remote as Pakistan, Afghanistan and soon to be beyond. That's at least how mainstream media, Governments and most of the public sees it. Is that true? Yes and no would be the right answer. True that the short piece by Michael Isikoff and John Barry which attempted to unveil a "new scandal," became in fact the trigger for mass violence led by Islamists across the world. But it is also true that the Jihadists had mobilized previously for a counter offensive against the "infidels". Ironically, somewhat the two developments, even though separate in space, have something in common: undermining the credibility of the US supported ascending democracy movements in the region. The essence of this short Newsweek article targeted the management of the "War against Terror." It aimed at discrediting the US Government in this regards, projecting that it would be perceived just as wished by the authors in the Arab world. But that wasn't the case.

The violent marches in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and soon to be elsewhere, were not an abrupt and sudden reaction to the weekly's sentence accusing US personnel of desecrating one copy of the Muslims holiest book. Since the fall of Tora Bora in December of 2001, al Qaida and Taliban remnants were waiting for this moment: They call it "al awda", meaning the "return." Patiently, the leaders of the Jihadists, including Thawahiri, Mullah Umar and the various Islamists of Jamiet Islami and Hizbu Tahrir, were working on mounting the major counter offensive against the new Government in Afghanistan and the US-led coalition in the area. Day after day, from Kabul to Kandahar, the Afghan society was moving away from the mental and political grip of the Taliban. Worse to the Jihadists, year after year, al Qaida leaders were eliminated and arrested, two at least over the past few weeks. Much worse, were the lethal dangers facing the Jihadi ideology:

Continue reading at "The Counterterrorismblog"

Thanks a lot, News-Weak! Of course virtually all of the MSM shares in Newsweek's agenda.

Posted by Hyscience at May 19, 2005 1:10 PM



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