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How do random mass murders contribute to the caliphate?

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Submitted by Paul Bowamn (United States), Jul 26, 2005 at 15:44

I agree that the Jihadists have made their strategic goal quite clear, but I wonder how they have established a connection between means and ends. Killing a large number of people in the London Tube resulted in... sadly a large number of dead people and nothing else.

The tubes and public transport were shut down for a few days. Many people mourn their dead, brutally murdered for no end. While horrible, continued murders of large groups of people do nothing to establish the caliphate, but instead simply create more enemies of the Jihadists and probably Islam itself. How do the Jihadists possibly expect these murders of innocents to advance the cause of global Islam?
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Daniel Pipes replies:

You are right - the means and the end have no clear connection; indeed, one can argue that random mass murders are highly counterproductive - as I hope to do shortly in a column on this subject.

DP

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