Skip to comments.CIA CHIEF: JIHAD A PRODUCT OF INJUSTICES, ECONOMICS, AND IGNORANCE
Posted on 03/17/2014 9:11:12 PM PDT by robowombat
CIA Chief: Jihad a product of injustices, economics, and ignorance
CIA director John Brennan is at it againequivocating over the nature of jihad by evoking paradigms familiar to the West.
Last Tuesday, during an event at the Council of Foreign Relations, Brennan was asked about the war of ideas surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence.
The CIA chief responded by saying that al-Qaedas ideology is a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Quran; that al-Qaeda has hijacked Islam; that they have really distorted the teachings of Muhammad.
Even so, that ideology, that agenda of al-Qaeda, confirmed Brennan, has gained resonance and following in many parts of the world.
So what is the CIA chiefs explanation as to why such a perverse and very corrupt understanding of Islamone that has distorted the teachings of Muhammadresonates among Muslims?
He gives noneother than to say that this ideology is fed a lot of times by, you know, political repression, by economic, you know, disenfranchisement, by, you know, lack of education and ignorance, so therethere are a number of phenomena right now that I think are fueling the fires of, you know, this ideology.
Interestingly, if you watch the video clip of Brennan talking, you will note that he only you knows in the above quotation (four times) and right before it, when he says that al-Qaeda has distorted the teachings of Muhammad, you know, for violent purposes. The rest of his talk is relatively smooth.
Could Brennan be self-conscious of his own equivocationshence all these stilted you knows in one sentence?
Could he be aware of the Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009? It found that Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.
At any rate, this is all déjà vu. Back in May 2010, I closely examined Brennans apologetics on jihad in an article that, in light of these recent remarks of his, is just as applicable today as it was nearly four years ago. It follows:
The greatest hurdle Americans need to get over in order to properly respond to the growing threat of radical Islam is purely intellectual in nature; specifically, it is epistemological, and revolves around the abstract realm of knowledge. Before attempting to formulate a long-term strategy to counter radical Islam, Americans must first and foremost understand Islam, particularly its laws and doctrines, the same way Muslims understand itwithout giving it undue Western (liberal) interpretations. This is apparently not as simple as expected: all peoples of whatever civilizations and religions tend to assume that other peoples more or less share in their worldview, which they assume is objective, including notions of right and wrong, good and bad. . [T]he secular, Western experience has been such that people respond with violence primarily when they feel they are politically, economically, or socially oppressed. While true that many non-Western peoples may fit into this paradigm, the fact is, the ideologies of radical Islam have the intrinsic capacity to prompt Muslims to violence and intolerance vis-à-vis the other, irrespective of grievances . Being able to understand all this, being able to appreciate it without any conceptual or intellectual constraints is paramount for Americans to truly understand the nature of the enemy and his ultimate goals.
Such were the words that opened my testimony to Congress. One year later, none other than President Obamas top counter-terror adviser, John Brennan, has come to personify the approach I warned against, that is, the misguided phenomenon of westernizing Islamic concepts.
A Fox News report, titled Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as Legitimate Tenet of Islam, has the details:
During a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, John Brennan described violent extremists as victims of political, economic and social forces, but said that those plotting attacks on the United States should not be described in religious terms.
In other words, despite the fact that Islamists describe all their goals in religious terms, Brennan sees them as naught more than victims of the system. And why is that? Because Brennan believes that political, economic and social forcesthe three I specifically stressed in my excerpt aboveare the only precipitators to violence. So jihadis can openly articulate their violent bloodlust through religious terms all they want, it matters not: Brennan and his ilk have their intellectual blinders shut tight and refuse to venture outside the box.
Next, our counter-terror adviser evokes the perverse logic behind the administrations recent decision to censor words offensive to Muslims (which I closely explored here):
Nor do we describe our enemy as jihadists or Islamists because jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or ones community, and there is nothing holy or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.
Inasmuch as he is correct in the first clause of that sentencejihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or ones communityhe greatly errs in the latter clause, by projecting his own notions of what constitutes holy, legitimate, and innocent onto Islam. In Islam, such terms are often antithetical to the Judeo-Christian/Western understanding.
Indeed, the institution of jihad, according to every authoritative Islamic book on jurisprudence, is nothing less than offensive warfare to spread Sharia, a cause seen as both legitimate and holy in Islam. Jihadis regularly seek to purify themselves and their communities by purging them of infidels and their influences. As for innocence, by simply being a non-Muslim infidel, one is already guilty in Islam. Brennan understands the definition of jihad; he just has no clue of its application.
So he is left fumbling about with a square peg that simply refuses to pass through a round hole.
Fox News continues:
Brennan defined the enemy as members of bin Ladens Al Qaeda network and its terrorist affiliates. But Brennan argued that it would be counterproductive for the United States to use the term, as it would play into the false perception that the murderers leading war against the West are doing so in the name of a holy cause.
Fine, do define the enemy as members of bin Ladens Al Qaeda network and itsterrorist affiliates, but do also define the cause that binds these terrorist affiliates together in the first place. Of course, one need only read their writings to know that they adhere to one and the same cause: the establishment of a hegemonic caliphate that governs the world according to Sharia. As for Brennan calling the terrorist affiliates murderers, would he also be willing to apply that epithet to their prophet Muhammad, who was wont to send assassins to, well, murder his critics, including poets and one old woman whose body was dismembered by her Muslim assailantsassailants who were no less convinced that they were involved in a holy cause than were the 9/11 hijackers?
It should be further noted that this tendency to project ones own cultural norms and priorities onto others is the height of arrogance and ethnocentrismprecisely what liberals constantly warn against. Yet the irony is that open-minded proponents of cultural relativism are also the ones most prone to westernizing Islam. When Brennan insists that jihadis are really not motivated by religion but rather are products of political, economic and social forces, is this total dismissal of the other and his peculiar motivations (in favor of Western paradigms) not the epitome of cultural arrogance?
Raymond Ibrahim is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islams New War on Christians and The Al Qaeda Reader.
Totally outrageous claptrap.
This is just like when the Leftists say that crime is caused by poverty.
Really? What bull feces, so all these "people" that aren't "alahakbarfriginqaeda" that throw acid in women' faces, burn them, maim them, kill them and behead Christians are reading the quran right though and not distorting the writings of that syphilitic pedophile mutthammed.
Wahabbi, wasabi, baloney... if they do jihad here, we’ll send their sorry asses to allah, let him sort it out.
The Muzzies actions speak for themselves. Evil is evil no matter how much you excuse or rationalize it.
Par for the course as nominated by the golfer-in-chief.
This foreign affairs group is going to be in place for the next three years?
No. No no no.
THis guy is in CHARGE and we don’t think he needs to have a clue on comparative religion?
that any of these people are passing congressional oversight is the huge problem
We’re wondering about Hillary and gays in a parade, and a plane, and we’ve got these people overseeing putin, the Iranians and the Chinese.
Put Dennis Rodman in there. At least he has an excuse.
He forgot- being the product of a death cult.
the denial is galactic.
jihad is an inherent product of the belief system of islam. our folks are collosal morons and deniers.
Well I’m sure the new internet taxes will rectify these “injustices”.
Suddenly the muslims will be rich ...hmmmm..then what about all the oil money...hmmm
I would like to believe that is true, however, after watching the demoralized and uncertain response to 9-11 from ‘inside the beltway, and then watching the solicitude for hastening the Saudi princeling who got injured in the Patriot's day bombing in Boston I have some real reservations about how our compromised and sleepily complaisant foreign policy and political and defense elites will react to anything short of an actual nuclear attack.
Will read later. Look up jihad johnny brennan’s interview with the Washington Times editorial staff. He is freaking nuts.
Brennan and Clapper are both psychos. They should be sharing a padded cell somewhere remote from civilized people.
This guy Brennan is in need of a knuckle sandwich right in the kisser. What and ignorant, insensitive jerk.
Council of Foreign Relations = Fellow Travelers Conference...
I’m sick of liberals saying we need to “understand radical Islam in order to fight it”. What they really mean is we need to understand it in a way that is not true. We need to think of them as victims, which just serves to further justify their murderous acts and will only bring about more, not less of it. There is only one way to deal with evil: not understand it, but destroy it.
Everything I needed to know about Islam I learned on 9/11.
Clapper started his USAF career as an ‘aircraft commander’ in the old Air Force Security Service. He appears to be just what those types typically were. The old saying was the USAF wanted extremely dull men who had never left the united States as they were easy to qualify for the very restrictive requirements for the above TS clearances required. What it gave the Security Service was a host of dim bureaucratic plodders for administrators. That seems to be Clapper to a ‘T’.
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