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Time To Tap The Freelance Counter-Jihadis

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Nov 10, 2016 at 21:28

Since 911, something of a cottage industry on Islam and Jihad has grown up among those outside traditional establishment circles. These people are often self-educated and markedly more conservative than the usual academic and media authorities. They are a motley collection of former Muslims, Muslim reformist renegades, Mideast Christians, well-read amateurs and non-conformist intellectuals. They can often be found on specialized web sites like this one, or jihadwatch.org for example, or seen or heard on various non-mainstream broadcasting outlets. Their approach is not just direct and politically incorrect, but often incisive and full of useful information on current and historical events, as well as offering useful and unvarnished material from Islamic doctrine.

A new administration is taking control in Washington which is far more attuned to their views. Let me propose that these talented outsiders be recruited by the outsiders coming into office. For starters, Walid Phares has been part of the Trump team, and he's excellent. I hope the folks at MEF won't be shy about offering their services. It would be very refreshing to have people who know the difference between a Shiite and a Sunni, and who know what an Aleppo is, as Gary Johnson would put it.


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