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Al Qaeda Leader Fears American Democracy, Not Its War Machine
ChronWatch ^ | September 07, 2003 | Amir Taheri

Posted on 07/23/2004 11:43:43 PM PDT by rob777

''It is not the American war machine that should be of the utmost concern to Muslims. What threatens the future of Islam, in fact its very survival, is American democracy.''



This is the message of a new book, published by Al Qaeda in several Arab countries yesterday.

The book’s title is ''The Future of Iraq and The Arabian Peninsula After The Fall of Baghdad.'' Its author is Yussuf al-Ayyeri, one of Osama Ben Laden’s closest associates since the early 1990s. A Saudi citizen, Al-Ayyeri, also known under the nom de guerre of Abu Muhammad, was killed in a gun-battle with security forces in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, last June.

The book is published by The Centre for Islamic Research and Studies, a company set up by Ben Laden in 1995 with branches in New York and London (now closed.) Over the past eight years the company has published more than 40 books written by Al Qaeda ''thinkers and researchers'' including militants such as Ayman al-Zawahiri, Ben Laden’s number-two, and some Western converts to the organisation’s radical version of Islam.

All-Ayyeri first made his name in the mid-1990s as a commander of the Farouq camp in eastern Afghanistan where thousands of ''volunteers for martyrdom'' were trained by Al Qaeda and the Taleban.

Al-Ayyeri argues that the history of mankind is the story of ''perpetual war between belief and unbelief.''

Over the millennia, both belief and unbelief have appeared in different guises. As far as belief is concerned, the absolutely final version is represented by Islam which ''annuls all other religions and creeds.'' Thus, Muslims can have only one goal: converting the entire humanity to Islam and ''effacing the final traces of all other religions, creeds and ideologies.''

Unbelief (kufr), however, has come in numerous forms and shapes, but with a single objective: to destroy faith in God. In the West, unbelief has succeeded in making a majority of people forget God and worship the world. Islam, however, is resisting the trend because Allah means to give it final victory.

Al Ayyeri then shows how various forms of unbelief attacked the world of Islam in the past century or so, to be defeated in one way or another.

The first form of unbelief to attack the Muslim world was ''modernism'' ( hidatha) which led to the destruction of the caliphate and the emergence in the lands of Islam of states based on ethnic identities and territorial dimensions rather than religious faith.

The second form of unbelief to confront Islam was nationalism which, imported from Europe, divided Muslims into Arabs, Persians, Turks and others. Al Ayyeri claims that nationalism has now been crushed in almost all Muslim lands. He claims that a true Muslim is not loyal to any particular nation-state.

The third form of unbelief mentioned by Al-Ayyeri is Socialism, which includes Communism. That, too, has been defeated and eliminated from the Muslim world, Al Ayyeri asserts.

Ba’athism, the ruling party’s ideology in Iraq under Saddam Hussein, is presented by Al Ayyeri as the fourth form of unbelief to afflict Muslims, especially Arabs. Ba’athism, which is also the official ideology of the Syrian regime under President Bashar al-Assad, offers Arabs a mixture of pan-Arabism and socialism as an alternative to Islam.

Al Ayyeri says Muslims ''should welcome the destruction of Ba’athism in Iraq.''

''The end of Ba’ath rule in Iraq is good for Islam and Muslims,'' he writes. ''Where the banner of Ba’ath has fallen, shall rise the banner of Islam.''

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The author notes as ''a paradox'' the fact that all the various forms of unbelief that threatened Islam were defeated with the help of the Western powers, and more specifically the United States.

The ''modernising '' movement in the Muslim world was ultimately discredited when European imperial powers forced their domination on Muslim lands, turning the Westernised elite into their ''hired lackeys.''

The nationalists were defeated and discredited in wars led against them by various Western powers or, in the case of Nasserism in Egypt, by Israel.

The West also gave a helping hand in defeating socialism and Communism in the Muslim world. The most dramatic example of this came when the US helped the Afghan Mujahedin destroy the Soviet-backed Communist regime in Kabul.

And now the US and its British allies have destroyed Ba’athism in Iraq and may have fatally undermined its position in Syria as well.

What Al Ayyeri sees now is a ''clean battlefield'' in which Islam faces a new form of unbelief.

This, he labels: ''secularist democracy.''

Al Ayyeri asserts that this new threat is ''far more dangerous to Islam'' than all its predecessors combined.

The reasons, he explains in a whole chapter, must be sought in democracy’s ''seductive capacities.'' This form of ''unbelief'' persuades the people that they are in charge of their destiny and that, using their collective reasoning, they can shape policies and pass laws as they see fit. That leads them into ignoring the ''unalterable laws'' promulgated by God for the whole of mankind, and codified in the Islamic Shariah ( jurisprudence) until the end of time.

The goal of democracy, according to Al Ayyeri, is to ''make Muslims love this world, forget the next world, and abandon Jihad.'' If established in any Muslim country for a reasonably long time, democracy could lead to economic prosperity which, in turn, would make Muslims ''reluctant to die in martyrdom'' in defence of their faith.

He says that it is vital to prevent any normalisation and stabilisation in Iraq. Muslim militants should make sure that the U.S. does not succeed in holding elections in Iraq and creating a democratic government.

''If democracy comes to Iraq, the next target (for democratisation) would be the whole of the Muslim world,'' Al Ayyeri writes.

The Al Qaeda ideologist claims that the only Muslim country already affected by ''the beginning of democratisation'' and thus in ''mortal danger'' is Turkey.

''Do we want what happened in Turkey to happen to all Muslim countries?'' he asks. ''Do we want Muslims to refuse taking part in Jiahd and submit to secularism which is a Zionist-Crusader concoction?''

Al Ayyeri says, Iraq would become the graveyard of secular democracy just as Afghanistan became the graveyard of Communism. The reason is that most Americans are afraid of death while the overwhelming majority of Muslims love to die for the glory of Allah.

The idea is that the Americans, faced with mounting casualties in Iraq, will “just run away” as did the Soviets in Afghanistan. This is because the Americans love this world and concerned about nothing but their own comfort while Muslims dream of the pleasures that martyrdom offers in paradise.

''In Iraq today, there are only two sides,'' Al Ayyeri asserts. ''Here we have a clash of two visions of the world and the future of mankind. The side prepared to accept more sacrifices will win.''

Al Ayyeri’s analysis may sound naïve; he also gets most of his facts wrong. But he is right in reminding the world that what happens in Iraq could affect other Arab countries, in fact, the whole of the Muslim world.

Amir Taheri is an Iranian author of 10 books on the Middle East and Islam. He is represented by Eleana Benador from www.benadorassociates.com.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alayyeri; alayyerri; alqaeda; alqaedabook; americandemocracy; ayyeri; democracy; muslims; yousefalayyeri; yussufalayyeri
This is an old article, but I posted it in response to the notion being put forward on another thread that the terrorists hate us because of our military presence in the Middle East and our support for Isreal. Actually, Isreal is only the "Little Satan", we are the one's considered the "Great Satan".
1 posted on 07/23/2004 11:43:44 PM PDT by rob777
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To: rob777

Yet another reason, all real americans must petition the Congress to declare Islam a cult, and ban it in the united States. Islam in it's purest form is 180 degrees opposed to democratic the principals we all enjoy.


2 posted on 07/23/2004 11:51:01 PM PDT by BOOTSTICK
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To: rob777

Their hatred for America is borne out of what is taught in their madrassas(sp?). You're correct, they don't hate us simply because we have a military prescence in the Middle East.


3 posted on 07/23/2004 11:53:26 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (While Bush plays "rope a dope", Kerry/Edwards play "grope a dope".)
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To: rob777
to destroy faith in God. In the West, unbelief has succeeded in making a majority of people forget God and worship the world.

Sounds just like what the democrats have been working for.

4 posted on 07/23/2004 11:55:29 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: rob777
Islam which ''annuls all other religions and creeds.''
Not if we annul it first...

5 posted on 07/24/2004 12:03:37 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: rob777
The reasons, he explains in a whole chapter, must be sought in democracy’s ''seductive capacities.'' This form of ''unbelief'' persuades the people that they are in charge of their destiny and that, using their collective reasoning, they can shape policies and pass laws as they see fit. That leads them into ignoring the ''unalterable laws'' promulgated by God for the whole of mankind, and codified in the Islamic Shariah ( jurisprudence) until the end of time.

The goal of democracy, according to Al Ayyeri, is to ''make Muslims love this world, forget the next world, and abandon Jihad.'' If established in any Muslim country for a reasonably long time, democracy could lead to economic prosperity which, in turn, would make Muslims ''reluctant to die in martyrdom'' in defence of their faith.

Wow, our enemies "get it". And yet they willingly embrace the evil alternative.
6 posted on 07/24/2004 12:13:08 AM PDT by jennyp (Is that a wad of classified documents in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?)
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To: rob777

It's a fight they are going to lose. Even now the people of Iraq are starting to fight these guys on their
own. The US has now turned two countries who used to be aiding and abetting the terrorists into
allies who are fighting it. Knock down these terror states one by one and eventually it will only be a
local law enforcement problem in the former Islamic dictatorships. We have only to prevent the
enemies anti-american ally , the democratic party , from determining national policy. The real question
is who's next: Iran or Syria.


7 posted on 07/24/2004 12:14:26 AM PDT by Nateman (Only a dead terrorist is a good terrorist.)
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To: jennyp
"Wow, our enemies "get it". And yet they willingly embrace the evil alternative."



The one's who 'get it' are the one's issuing orders, not dying for the faith.
8 posted on 07/24/2004 12:16:05 AM PDT by rob777
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To: rob777
Actually, the guy doesn't even realize what he is saying. Islam hasn't defeated any of their enemies, it looks like the US has defeated the enemies of Islam. And the reason he fears democracy is because he doesn't understand what the US is all about.

The Iraqi people have been rather shocked to find out just how religious American really are. They are also beginning to understand that worshiping God because you actually WANT to is a greater joy than worship as a result of force.

9 posted on 07/24/2004 12:28:13 AM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: McGavin999
"The Iraqi people have been rather shocked to find out just how religious American really are. They are also beginning to understand that worshiping God because you actually WANT to is a greater joy than worship as a result of force."



Let us hope and pray that the word spreads.
10 posted on 07/24/2004 12:30:28 AM PDT by rob777
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To: rob777

I wish non-Americans would figure out what we are. Are we unbelieving carpe diemists or are we gun-toting fundamentalists who praise the Lord while we pass the ammo.


11 posted on 07/24/2004 12:37:31 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: BOOTSTICK
"Yet another reason, all real americans must petition the Congress to declare Islam a cult, and ban it in the united States."

That shouldn't be too difficult.

The New York State Supreme Court has already ruled that islam is illegal in the United States.

That ruling was made way back in 1892.

12 posted on 07/24/2004 12:38:36 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: rob777

Didn't Bush say that these terrorists "hate freedom" and that is why they hate us. A lot of people made fun of him because his view was not sophisitcated or nuanced enough, but according to this article it appears that he was pretty much right on the mark.

Thanks for posting this.


13 posted on 07/24/2004 12:53:25 AM PDT by Avenger
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To: BOOTSTICK
Yet another reason, all real americans must petition the Congress to declare Islam a cult

I agree, but that would be very non PC. I do not think PC is out on its ear yet, but hopefully, it will be.

14 posted on 07/24/2004 1:02:36 AM PDT by Mark17
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To: nightdriver; BOOTSTICK; rob777

"Yet another reason, all real americans must petition the Congress to declare Islam a cult, and ban it in the united States."



Should we turn the world upside down, threaten economic catastrophe attendant upon the interruption of the flow of oil, set 1.4 Billion Muslims against us?

What we should be doing is just the opposite, we should be setting 1.4 billion Muslims against the terrorists because the only way we are going to win this war is get the world of Islam to recognize that it must kill the terrorists to save itself.

When Bush first articulated a war against "terrorism," I read the articles that pointed out that this is historically the first war against a "tactic" and I thought Bush's locution mealymouthed even for someone as vocally challenged as he is. Now I accept that Bush has it right. We must not buck up our courage as with a shot of whiskey by flinging names about which cost us the very ally indispensable to the winning of this war and gains us nothing but a flash of self satisfaction.

A word of warning, without any accusation: The indispensable ally in this war is not Israel. It is not the UK. and it is is not Europe. It is Islam. Beware those who, to assure the fealty of the USA to Israel for the protection of the latter, would exploit our indignation and cause us to fling hateful but ultimately unnecessary accusations at a class of religionists who, however alien, are ultimately our indispensable partner in this war for our survival.

When criticized for his statements supporting a grotesque communist dictatorship after Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union, Churchill replied, "If Hitler had invaded Hell I would at least make a friendly reference to the Devil in the House of Commons." Churchill's identification of the real enemy never went out of focus. His accumulation of a world alliance which he hurled against that enemy makes him the greatest man of his century. As odious as the Soviet Union was, he made it an ally, albeit aided by Hitler's aggression, which made victory possible.

The analogy of the vast resources in people, geography and materiel with which the Russians waged war against the Nazis is too pat to go unobserved in a war in which we need 1.4 billion allies, not 1.4 billion suicidal murderers.


15 posted on 07/24/2004 1:06:32 AM PDT by nathanbedford
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To: nathanbedford

Excellent post.


16 posted on 07/24/2004 2:17:05 AM PDT by Gforce11
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To: Avenger

Seems President George W. Bush was not only correct but a lot more succinct than this dead terrorist!


17 posted on 07/24/2004 2:45:19 AM PDT by protest1
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To: Avenger

Seems President George W. Bush was not only correct but a lot more succinct than this dead terrorist!


18 posted on 07/24/2004 2:47:48 AM PDT by protest1
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To: rob777
He claims that a true Muslim is not loyal to any particular nation-state

Thanks to him for spelling it out.

We will remember that.

Especially when we read CAIR's "Religion of Peace" ads.

19 posted on 07/24/2004 5:13:49 AM PDT by Gorzaloon (Ah, the days of the Kerry Dancing! Every day a different tune!)
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To: rob777

They hate democracy and equality of citizenship the same as totalitarians everywhere no matter what they call themselves (communists, fascists, nazis, democrats, etc.)


20 posted on 07/24/2004 5:17:17 AM PDT by Pharmboy (History's greatest agent for freedom: The US Armed Forces)
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To: nightdriver

We'll probably be revalidating that law soon, if I have anything to do about it.


21 posted on 07/24/2004 5:23:56 AM PDT by Imagine
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To: rob777

Quarantine!

In days of yore--and probably today--when a ship pulled into port it was checked for signs of diseases like plague. If the ship carried plague it was either sent back to sea or put into quarantine.

I suggest that the world should quarantine immigration from Muslim countries.

Second, as soon as possible we should convert as much of our economies as possible to alternative fuels, giving up our SUVs and high speed autos, and simply refuse to trade with Muslim countries.


22 posted on 07/24/2004 7:36:39 AM PDT by wildbill
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To: nightdriver
You got specifics, that might be interesting.
23 posted on 07/24/2004 7:47:13 AM PDT by bad company ((<a href="http://www.michaelmoore.com" target="_blank">Hatriotism))
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To: nathanbedford
I hate to break this to you, but the 1.4 billion Muslims are the enemy. To think that Muslims the world over are horrified at the Islamofacist violence being committed around the world, is the hight of naivety. Even here in the United States I can recount many Muslim organizations that are in full sympathy with Al Quaeda. Here in Tampa, Florida the day after a Hamas attack at the University of Jerusalem, which killed several young American students, the local band of Muslim thugs, lead by the now incarcerated Sami Al Arian, had pro Hamas march here in Tampa. Also I had the opportunity to make a delivery to the Al Aqsa deli, and coffee house here in Tampa, Florida on the very day Baghdad fell to the allied forces in Iraq, of the dozen or so twenty something year old males in attendance, all had the expression of their puppy being run over by a truck!, as they watched dead Iraqi hero's on Al Jazeera TV, via their satellite dish on the roof. Can we win the war against 1.4 billion Muslims?, yes we can since just as with Japanese fanaticism, a few major victories, along with steadfast fortitude, will drive the Muslims to either reinvent their evil cult, or to abandon it. The last thing we can do is to embrace these cretins as allies, especially when Ibrim Cooper, Director of C.A.I.R. Stated the goal is to bring an Islamic government to Washington DC.
24 posted on 07/24/2004 8:03:09 PM PDT by BOOTSTICK
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To: rob777
The goal of democracy, according to Al Ayyeri, is to ''make Muslims love this world, forget the next world, and abandon Jihad.'' If established in any Muslim country for a reasonably long time, democracy could lead to economic prosperity which, in turn, would make Muslims ''reluctant to die in martyrdom'' in defence of their faith.

Heaven forbid!

25 posted on 07/24/2004 8:07:54 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (Must get moose and squirrel ... B. Badanov)
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To: BOOTSTICK

Islam is our only indespensible ally.

If you suceed in making enemies of 1.4 billion of them you can count the war on terrorism lost and your democracy in ruins.


26 posted on 07/28/2004 2:31:01 PM PDT by nathanbedford
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