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Unformatted text preview: Al-Qaeda08/04/2008 13:48:00←America and the Muslim World•September 11 focused energies of US counter-terrorism, diplomatic personnel•Intensively on the Middle East and the Muslim World←←Challenge of al-Qaeda is Asymmetrical•challenge of small non-state organizations•focused on inflicting harm on US, and on US allies in region and Europe•Consist of political challengers to status quo in the Muslim world←←Al-Qaeda not Islamic•Radical Muslim Fundamentalism:•not intrinsic to Islam or Middle East•Muslims are merely a recruitment pool (Analogy to KKK in US)oIslamic law forbids terror (hiraba)oRitual of jihads forbids surprise attacks, killing innocents←←Al-Qaeda not a Mass Movement•profound mistake:•to see the problem as one of a large social movement (e.g. Fascism)•or of a state challenge (false analogy to Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union)←←...
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 443 taught by Professor Cole during the Winter '08 term at University of Michigan.
- Winter '08