At the Heart of Terror: Islam, Jihadists, and America's War on Terrorism

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - Political Science - 293 pages
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This readable and deeply informed book examines the threat that Islamic extremists pose to the United States and provides a balanced and nuanced discussion of Iraq as a test case of America's war on terrorism. Explaining the basics of Islam and guiding the reader through the intricacies of each significant extremist group, the authors answer key questions: Who are the Jihadists and how do they fit within the broader context of the Islamic religion? What is their war plan and how do they operate? Who are their allies and what are their weaknesses? What is the experience of Israel, the Islamic world, and the United States in fighting Islamic extremists? How can they be defeated? Drawing on decades of experience in the Middle East, the authors provide the only current analysis of the vulnerabilities of the Jihadists, linking those weaknesses to concrete strategies to defeat them. The Palmers trace the movement far beyond Osama bin Laden and the now-splintering al-Qaeda into a range of autonomous networks. The authors also provide extensive information on the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, and other extremist groups attempting to achieve an Islamic state by more-or-less peaceful means. Their relationship with the Jihadists and their potential for violence are explored in detail. The book also provides the first in-depth discussion of the evolution of a vibrant Hizbullah organization in Iraq. This vitally important work reflects the authors' thorough understanding of the culture and history of the Muslim world. Careful in its analysis, its subtle observations pay tribute to the authors' thirty years of working with Middle Eastern organizations and conducting pioneering studies in the areas of Arab psychology and political behavior. The Palmers effectively combine an engaging writing style and extensive personal experience into an invaluable resource for both policy makers and general readers.
 

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Terrorism: Reality of Invisible Balance of Power
Naveed Ahmed
In his book, Invisible Balance of Power, published in 2005, Sajjad Shaukat has taken present ‘different war’ as an interaction of
‘state terrorism’ led by the United States and the ‘group terrorism’ by the Al Qaeda or Islamic militants. A number of authors have written books about the 9/11 tragedy, but ground realities developed in accordance with the book. After seeing the main title, some people think that the book is against the US-led western allies, but without any prejudice, he has discussed both the sovereign and non-sovereign entities on parallel lines in this research-based book. On the one hand, he pointed out Al Qaeda’s ambush attacks, targeted killings, beheadings etc., while on the other, he mentioned special operations by the US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, and CIA-tortures cells in various small countries. In this regard, missile strikes by the drones on Pakistan’s tribal areas and elsewhere amounts to state terrorism, which are being responded by the internal backlash. Shaukat proves that both the warring parties kill innocent civilians through ruthless terror.
Giving references of the power-theorists like Machiavelli, Morgentahu, Kissinger etc., Shaukat has written that power factor or use of force has failed in this different war which took origin from the privileged and unprivileged status quo.
Shaukat introduced new ideas about the issues relating to the Islamic ideology, Jihad, Western World, liberalism, power diplomacy on the Third World by the US-led major countries, globalization, harsh conditions by the IMF and World Bank, causes of suicide attacks etc.
Author’s future observations like a prolonged war, failure of military paradigm by the state actors, increase in US cost of war, more terrorism, failure of NATO in Afghanistan, plane plot in UK, the defeat of Israel in 2006 war by the Lebanon-based Hezbollah, international financial crisis, warlike situation between America and Iran, Syria and Israel including other developments like Israeli attacks on Palestinians, similar forms of state terrorism in the Indian-held Kashmir, occupation of Iraq’s areas by the Jihadists-ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) proved correct.
Indicating the failure of coercive diplomacy, the author also predicted that that in case of a protracted war with the insurgents, the US bargaining leverage would reduce on small countries. It happens so, as North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Cuba and Turkey have rejected American undue pressure on a number of issues and matters. Besides, Russia and China have stood together to cope with the US-dominated world order, and now, strongly favour a multi-polar world. America’s decision not to attack Syria in 2013 due to Moscow’s stand, and Russian control of Crimea might be cited as example.
Shaukat also gave positive suggestions to the US, but President Obama did not act upon. Therefore, war on terror has resulted into more implications, giving a blow to the larger economies of the US and other developed nations.
Emphasizing the solution of key disputes like Kashmir and Palestine which remains breeding grounds of terrorism, the book suggests that realism (power factor) must be reconciled with idealism, which is essential for world peace and geo-political interests of the US-led developed countries and those of the small countries also by reforming the system of the UN. Shaukat warns that otherwise, “Invisible Balance of Power” will culminate into “clash of civilizations.”
It is due to the present scenario of terrorism—which already pointed out by the author that the publisher reprinted the book after nine years.
Author: Sajjad Shaukat -ISBN, 9690019589
Published by: Ferozsons, 60 Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam, Lahore, Pakistan
Publisher’s Email: support@ferozsons.com.pk
www.@ferozsons.com.pk
 

Contents

Who Is Attacking America?
1
Islam Muslim Extremism and AntiAmericanism
9
Muslim Relations with Christians and Jews
10
Unity and Turmoil within Islam
12
The Evolution of Islamic Extremism
14
The Sources of Muslim Discontent
20
Gauging Popular Support for Muslim Extremists
23
Levels of Islamic Religiosity
26
The Psychology of Terror
129
The Components of Terror
131
Terror and the Propaganda War
140
Compelling Logic for Attacking America
143
One War Plan or Several?
145
The Jihadist War Machine
149
The Pyramid of Terror
156
Who Are They What Motivates Them and How Goo Are They?
165

Separating Islamic Extremism from AntiAmericanism
31
The Muslim Brotherhood and Hizbullah RadicalModerates
39
The Muslim Brotherhood
41
A Tale of Three Countries
55
Can the Muslim Brotherhood and Hizbullah Serve as a Counterweight to the Jihadists?
76
The Jihadist Movement and How It Evolved
85
Egypt and the Origins of Modern Jihadism
86
The Islamic Revolution
91
The Jihadist Gateway to the Far East and Central Asia
92
Afghanistan and the Making of a Muslim Hero
96
An International Terrorist Network Takes Shape
100
The Battle for Algeria
106
Hamas and Holy Jihad
110
The Jihadist War Comes to America
116
From Turabi to bin Laden
118
The Continuing Evolution of the Jihadist Movement
123
The Jihadist War Plan
127
The Physical Plant
172
The Allies of the Jihadists Those Who Make Terror Possible
177
The Struggle for the Control of Islam
178
Drug Lords Mafioso and Other Kindred Souls
192
How Israel and Its Middle Eastern Neighbors Fight Terror
207
The Basic Principles of Israeli AntiTerrorist Strategy
212
The Struggle against Jihadist Terror in the Islamic World
231
Relevance of the Experience of Israel and the Islamic World to Americas War on Terror
240
The Future Winning the War on Terror
247
How Well is American Doing?
249
Why the Glitches?
255
Defeating the Jihadists
260
Selected Bibliography
273
Index
287
About the Authors
293
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Monte Palmer is professor emeritus at Florida State University. He directed FSU's Middle East Studies Center, as well as the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. Princess Palmer is a former consultant for the World Bank.

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