Political Islam, i.e. radical Islam, is actually a cutout for continued communist aggession against the West. This is perhaps the most justifiable explanation for the resurgence of radical Islam in recent years, though it receives scant recognition.
We knew this to be true back in the 1970s and 1980s, when the communist-inspired PLO began its operations against Israel. We knew that Hezbollah and the other Muslim terrorist organizations got their training, weapons and support from Syria - a Ba'athist (Stalinist Arab Communist Party) country. We knew by extension that Syria, like all Soviet client states, was acting on behalf of the Soviet Union.
But after the Soviet Union "fell" in the 1990s, suddenly we were confronted with "Muslim" terrorism. Still the same actors, still the same support networks, still the same tactics, yet now it was supposedly a dire new threat. And if you think horrific public killings and suicide bombings – even using children – are an Islamic invention, ask anyone who served in Vietnam. Communist tactics, all. Even before the communists, Japanese frequently used this tactic in WW II. A very good article on Alternet.org, The Hard Truth About Suicide Bombers had this to say:
Martyr missions made their official twentieth-century debut in the Second World War with the Kamikazes; they showed up again in the 1960s, when Viet Cong sympathizers exploded themselves amidst U.S. troops. Their debut in the Islamic world was not until the 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq war.
If you listen to statements from jihadists like Osama Bin Laden, their justification for war against the West is based on the same tired slogans repeated by leftists since the 1930s, i.e. that America and its allies are "imperialist," "greedy capitalists" "exploiting" the rest of the world, yada yada, only now it is the Muslim world we are supposedly oppressing.
Meanwhile, strong evidence has surfaced that al Qaeda is stage-managed by the KGB. This was the assertion of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko – poisoned in 2006 with radioactive polonium-210 by Putin’s KGB assassins. Litvinenko asserted, among other things, that al Qaeda number two, Ayman Al-Zawahiri is in fact a KGB agent. And it is he, not Bin-Laden, who many believe calls the shots. Other Russian dissidents support this claim.
Some will argue that it was Hasan Al Banna who initiated the modern “Islamic resurgence” when he founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. And it is true that this group was the springboard for most of the modern jihadists groups known today. A later leader, Sayyid Qutb, was, if anything, an even greater Islamic purist than Al Banna. Yet the Soviets’ have historically demonstrated an uncanny ability to capture such movements for their own nefarious purposes. The Islamic jihadists are no exception.
This assertion provides the most compelling internally consistent explanation for the left's enthusiastic embrace of Islam. Consider: the left is supposedly all about women's liberation, equality, saving the "oppressed of the earth" and is militantly opposed to religion and religious intolerance in all its forms. If this is true, then on ideological grounds the left should be at war with radical Islam, or at least see it as a dangerous competitor, because radical Islam is the most intolerant, misogynistic, oppressive, religiously fanatic bunch of lunatics in the world -- except perhaps the communists.
National Lawyers Guild (oldest US communist front) Lawyer Lynn Stewart, who was convicted of communicating messages to Islamic radicals for her client, the jailed blind sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman, gave it away when she said:
They [radical Islamic movements] are basically forces of national liberation. And I think that we, as persons who are committed to the liberation of oppressed people, should fasten on the need for self-determination…My own sense is that, were the Islamists to be empowered, there would be movements within their own countries…to liberate.
There it is: "...were the Islamists to be empowered, there would be movements within their own countries… to liberate." You have to know leftist terminology. "Liberate" everywhere and always refers to imposing a communist regime, for that is always the leftists’ long run goal. So what she is saying is that these movements are actually communist movements in disguise. And indeed, the statements by radical Islamic leaders, though couched in Islamic phraseology, essentially advocate the same thing.
This does not mean that radical Islam is not a threat in-and-of-itself.
Just as most American liberals are unaware that their purpose is to give legitimacy – "mainstream" if you will – the radical left's communist agenda, most Muslim Jihadists are unaware that they fight on behalf of the same ideology. Many of them believe the exhortations of their Imams. Many truly believe they are working on Allah's behalf to create a worldwide Muslim caliphate. Because of this, they have to be considered a stand-alone threat.
And herein lies the purpose of this post.
This 1/2 hour video is an abridged version of a 1.5 hour documentary, the Third Jihad, narrated by Dr. Zuhdi Jasser. An American and prominent Muslim himself, Jasser states that after 9/11 he dedicated his life to battling radical Islam. It came out last year. If you haven’t already seen it, watch it and forward it to everyone you know.