Researcher Berto Jongman recommends….
Seventy per cent of Afghans surveyed see poverty and unemployment as the major cause of the conflict in their country, according to new research by international aid agency Oxfam and a group of Afghan organisations. Ordinary Afghans blame government weakness and corruption as the second most important factor behind the fighting, with the Taliban coming third, followed by interference by neighboring countries.
Reassessing the Evolving al Qaeda Threat to the Homeland: Testimony of Peter Bergen Before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment
Al Qaeda today no longer poses a direct national security threat to the United States itself, but rather poses a second-order threat in which the worst case scenario would be an al Qaeda-trained or -inspired terrorist managing to pull off an attack on the scale of something in between the 1993 Trade Center attack, which killed six, and the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, which killed 168.
The fact that seven years after 9/11 a kid from Long Island managed to waltz into an al Qaeda training camp, a feat that no American spy had done, despite the some 40 [sic] billion dollars that the United States spends a year on its intelligence agencies, says a great deal about how the US intelligence community actually works.
Recommendation: do not put Muslims in Armed Forces in the vulnerable position of being asked to kill other Muslims. Instead allow them to claim conscious objector status (strictly in relation to other Muslims, not in relation to armed service generally).
Now here’s Hassan’s central theme. Muslims cannot fight in an infidel army against other Muslims. And Hassan himself says that it’s getting hard for Muslims in the U.S. military to justify doing so. [Slide 11] Obviously, Hassan was deciding that he couldn’t do so.
Phi Beta Iota: The slide show is so sane as to call into question the sanity of those who were alarmed by it. See our earlier commentaries: