Addressing a Breakfast at the invitation of the European Ideas Network at the European Parliament, FDD's Senior Fellow Walid Phares underlined the necessity for legislators, intellectuals and researchers on both sides of the Atlantic to develop a common strategy on confronting the threat of Jihadi terrorism, which "is growing global, lethal and showing all signs of a long term planning." Dr Phares, the director of FDD's Future Terrorism Project and a visiting scholar at the European Foundation for Democracy was the guest speaker of EIN for its monthly breakfast event. The meeting, which took place at the European Parliament, was attended by a number of experts and members in addition to MEPs Mihael Brejc, James Elles, Maria Martenes, Angelika Niebler, Jan Olbrycht, John Purvis and Peter Stastny.
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Phares, who was introduced by EIN diretor Guillermo Martinez Casan, referred to his latest two books Future Jihad and The War of Ideas and announced his forthcoming newest book The Confrontation. "The long term Jihadist strategies aim at numbing Western reaction to the surging of the combat and urban Jihadists," said Phares. "The immense sums of money inserted in the West in general, in the United States and European institutions in particular by Oil backed regimes and circles penetrated the educational systems and created a defense line for the rise of Salafism and Khomeinism. The reason for why Westerners are not able to unify their positions and clarify their statements regarding the ideology and tactics of the Terror forces is fundamentally grounded in the penetration by these long term Jihadi influences inside the educational and academic systems."
Phares told the EIN forum that during his several briefings and meetings with European officials he felt that "intense intellectual and academic lobbying has been in effect on the continent for a long time now. The arguments used by many officials are not so different in nature from those advanced by Islamist spokespersons on al Jazeera and other similar media." Phares said Europe has "entered the fray of its most difficult war of ideas, that is to see clearer as most of its classical expertise has been impacted by years of impact." In conclusion, the FDD expert admitted that "despite the historical decline in European intellectual resistance to the rise of Salafism and Khomeinism as ideologies, one can see the counter rise of a younger and vivid generation of researchers who have captured the real meaning of Jihadism and developed a better understanding of the strategies used in the War of ideas."
Phares briefings in Europe -until mid March- are part of the European Foundation for Democracy to educate public officials on the threats of Terrorism and its ideologies. He is the author of the newly released The Confrontation: Winning the War against Future Jihad
In my testimony given before the Subcommittee on Intelligence Information sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment,” The Homeland Security implications of radicalization”, I state that Jihadism aims at destroying democracies and installing a totalitarian regime named Caliphate. And to do so, Jihadism creates the conviction in the minds of its adherents that war against the Government, people and constitution of the United States is the path towards achieving the universal goal. The beginning of the threat starts with the "click" that transforms a citizen into a Jihadist. From there one, the constant objective of the Jihadi recruit is to strike against the national security of the United States. More here
The US and Israel have repeatedly, and correctly, stressed that Iran and Syria are directly behind Hezbollah's recent actions.
The clearest sign of this was the rocket attack on Haifa. Ha'aretz reports that the missiles were of the Fajar model. What the article fails to mention is that the Fajar is an Iranian built rocket with a range of 45-75 kilometers. More info on the rocket here (the article entitled: albawaba.com: Israel Fears Hizbullah Rockets) and here.
This week's Global Terrorism Monitor is now available. Stories include the bombings in India, the Russians killing most wanted terrorist Shamil Basayev, changes to the US policy regarding Gitmo detainees, and much more.
The latest edition of the Global Terrorism Monitor is now available. It features stories covering the ongoing fallout from the Hamas kidnapping of an Israeli soldier, the largest terror attack in Iraq in months, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on military tribunals for "enemy combatants" held at Gitmo, and much more.
This week's Global Terrorism Monitor, now available, features stories including: Operational documents and computer files discovered following the strike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have led to a series of successful anti-terror raids in Iraq; Scores of Taliban fighters were killed as part of "Operation Mountain Thrust" in Afghanistan; A deadly landmine blast blamed on the Tamil Tigers killed 64 people on a crowded bus in Sri Lanka; and more. Read the whole thing.
The latest edition of the Global Terrorism Monitor is now available. Stories include: A U.S. airstrike killed most-wanted terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq; Hamas called off a self-declared ceasefire with Israel, launching numerous rockets into Israeli territory; Egypt alleged that the suicide bombers that attacked resorts in the Sinai last year were trained by Hamas; and much more. Read the whole thing.
The latest Global Terrorism Monitor is now available. This week's edition features various stories, including: Canadian police announcing the arrest of 17 individuals accused of plotting major terror attacks against Canada; Militant Islamists in Somalia claiming Monday to have taken control of the capital city; and British police raiding an East London home housing two men accused of terrorist ties. Read the whole thing.