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Friday, July 08, 2005
the trouble with Islamofascism
...it only gets worse
In a recent article The Washington Post presented an interview with Abu Ibrahim, a Syrian smuggler of jihadists to Iraq, and a militant member of the Salafism faction of fanatical Islam,in which he confirmed the realities of the threat posed to freedom and democracy by Islamic extremists:
Their goal is restoration of the Islamic caliphate, the system that governed Muslims before the rise of nation states.
Abu Ibrahim said he regarded Afghanistan during the Taliban rule as one of the few true Islamic governments since the time of Muhammad.
"The Koran is a constitution, a law to govern the world," he said.
"September 11 gave us the media coverage. It was a great day. America was defeated."
Two weeks after the attacks in New York and at the Pentagon, the group felt bold enough to celebrate in public in Aleppo with a "festival," as it was called, featuring video of hand-to-hand combat and training montages of guerrillas leaping from high walls.
By 2002 the anti-American festivals were running twice weekly, often wrapped around weddings or other social gatherings.
Jihad was being allowed into the open. Abu Ibrahim said Syrian security officials and presidential advisers attended festivals, one of which was called "The People of Sham Will Now Defeat the Jews and Kill Them All." Money poured in from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.
They were allowed to enforce their strict vision of sharia, or Islamic law, entering houses in the middle of the night to confront people accused of bad behavior. Abu Ibrahim said their authority rivaled that of the Amn Dawla, or state security. "Everyone knew us," he said. "We all had big beards. We became thugs."
Safe houses were established. Weapons were positioned. In the vast desert that forms the border with Iraq, passages through the dunes long used to smuggle goods now were employed to funnel fighters.
"We had specific meeting places for Iraqi smugglers," Abu Ibrahim said. "They wouldn't do the trip if we had fewer than 15 fighters. We would drive across the border and then into villages on the Iraqi side. And from there the Iraqi contacts would take the mujaheddin to training camps."
"Anyone - Christian, Jew, Sunni, Shiites - whoever cooperates with the Americans can be killed. It's a holy war."
Hope he's only joking, or it's a media hoax...