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Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and Global Jihadism April 18, 2007 What is the global jihadism?  What are its goals? What experiences and events led to the formation of Osama bin Laden’s  ideology? What is the future of Osama bin Laden, his ideology, and his movement? -war on terror isn’t a useful term: jihadism is better -historically: why does he want to kill us? -not because we’re free, etc. but that is false -hatred for us runs deep because it is above all else is to achieve ideological and  political objectives in the Islamic world -secular or apostic governments in the world -because the US supports those regimes, spreads its culture in the Islamic world  and propping up the corrupt governments so they want to expel American interests in  that region -also determined to destroy Israel, wants to liberate the Palestinians -does not represent a state, his chosen method is terrorism I. Definitions Global Jihadism o Holy war against the Americans and Israel to expel them from area Terrorism
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o Violence against civilian targets and non-combatants by non-state actors  to achieve political objectives o When combatants attack US troops, is that terrorism? NO, it isn’t. o When they attack non-combatants, that is terrorism. o Bin Laden believes that (unlike traditional- you can attack Westerners),  innocent Muslims can be killed when targeting the enemy… corrupt  Muslims  “War on Terror” or “War on Global Jihadism”? o Terrorism is bin Laden’s METHOD: very difficult to have a war against a  METHOD o We’re not in a war in Sri Lanka against terrorists there o US is not fighting all groups that use terrorism as a method to achieve  political goals o Bin Laden is against corrupt apostant regimes in the Arabic, Muslim World II. Osama bin Laden’s Ideology (Bin Ladenism?) Islamic Fundamentalism and Islamism o More extreme than most Islamists, who reject terrorism as a method (non- combatants) o There are many jihadists who disagree with bin Laden o Influenced by the Qutb Sayyid Qutb      (1906-1966):  Al Qaeda’s “Ideological Godfather” o Deeply anti-Western and anti-American, thought that the Arab-Muslim  world was a failing state because of Westernization, sinking into a state
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