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Recruiting for jihad

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Submitted by Torben Hansen (Denmark), Nov 9, 2005 at 10:57

The revolution of al Qaeda in the West follows a pattern:

1) Young male Muslims are encouraged to feel contempt vis-à-vis the kuffar society and authority.

2) They are unable to integrate and are told that this inability is an asset. They learn that kuffar power is jahiliyye/opression and assume a new identity as future jihad fighters.

3) They cut the ties to parents, friends and imams and start looking for leadership.

4) Issues of threats and distribution videos of throat cuttings convince the youngsters that war is an option, and they join al Qaedas European organization.

5) This vanguard starts the confrontation with the police force.

6) As a result masses of new recruits join the jihad army.

Kuffar intellectuals and journalists consider threats and beheadings a non-issue and "bad taste" - and anyway as a manifestation of Muslim "dispair" due to white racism. When Tariq Ramadhan in public threatens the West his message is perceived as a result - not a cause.

Al Qaeda's mechanism for recruiting young males worked for decades in the Basque provinces, where ETA organized the "kale borroka" - street riots - to attract new warriors.

T.H.
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