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Ancient and Modern Jihad

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Submitted by Rob James (United States), Jun 2, 2005 at 14:44

One thing that I would like to see elaborated on is the fact that Modern Jihad lacks any organized, biological army formations. Ancient Jihad could actually field an army to defeat Western Armies, but such is not the case in Modern Jihad, which is usually left taking drastic measures.

With this in mind, I believe that Jihad is in fact "Worse now than ever" in that it has become an irrelevant military force but a powerful force in partisan warfare. It would be easy enough to destroy a rag-tag army with Cold War era equipment, but it is not easy to weed out terrorists from civilians.
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