Review: God’s Terrorists – The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad

5 Star, Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War, Atrocities & Genocide, Culture, Research, History, Misinformation & Propaganda, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Terrorism & Jihad
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Charles Allen

4.0 out of 5 stars Important History Not Understood By Most, November 22, 2013

The historical half is mind-glazing, the more recent chapters highly relevant to understanding the deep ignorance of the US Intelligence Community and the US policy (prostitution) community these past 12 years.

I have given the book four stars in part because it is not designed to illuminate the threat in visualizable terms, and it is not up to date. Now that Saudi Arabia has declared war on the USA and the West generally (joining with Israel in a truly bizarre satanic alliance), and on Iran and the Shi’ite portion of Afghanistan specifically, this book absolutely merits updating and republication, hopefully with some decent maps and graphics and tables this next time around.

Early on in a nut-shell: Wahhabism spread in the 19th century, first throughout the Arabian penninsula and then to the Indian subcontinent including what are now India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Wahabbism is both a fundamentalist ideology that wins over deep converts, and a form of mercenary religion, buying its way into susceptible corners.

The most important point stressed throughout the book is that Wahhabism is outside the mainstream of Muslim society.

The big surprise for me, and one reason I am distressed at how badly we prepare people for service in this area, is the deep history of Wahhabism among the Pashtun. Today Saudi Arabia and to a lesser extent Qatar and the United Arab Republic seem bent on funding a religious war in Central and South Asia, and no one seems to be paying attention to this emergent threat. I would go so far as to say we are now, in this region, where we were in 1988-1989 when the Saudis first began funding the global Islamic outreach program led by Sheikh Binbaz and represented in part by young Bin Laden.

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Event: 3 pm 14 Sep 2010 Reston Charlie Allen former everything interviewed on stage

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A Conversation with Charlie Allen, former Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, DHS, and Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection

International Association for Intelligence Education – Washington D.C. Chapter

Tuesday, September 14, 2010  3:00 PM

Interviewer: Randy Pherson

The Exchange
Pherson Associates, LLC
1890 Preston White Dr., Suite 200
Reston, VA 20191

Non-members welcome!  Washington Area Chapter meeting follows presentation.  To register, contact Bill Spracher at (202) 231-4193 or [email protected]

Tip of the Hat to David Jimenez at LinkedIn.

Journal: Afghanistan = Viet-Nam, National Security Council Remains “Like a Moron”

05 Civil War, 10 Security, Ethics, Government, Military, Peace Intelligence
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Saigon 2009

Afghanistan is today’s Vietnam.

No question mark needed.

BY THOMAS H. JOHNSON, M. CHRIS MASON

AUGUST 20, 2009

For those who say that comparing the current war in Afghanistan to the Vietnam War is taking things too far, here’s a reality check: It’s not taking things far enough. From the origins of these North-South conflicts to the role of insurgents and the pointlessness of this week’s Afghan presidential elections, it’s impossible to ignore the similarities between these wars. The places and faces may have changed but the enemy is old and familiar. The sooner the United States recognizes this, the sooner it can stop making the same mistakes in Afghanistan.

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