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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

“The Right and the Wrong Cannot Live Together in Peace…”

Offered without comment from Scott Atran’s review of Membongkar Jamaah Islamiyah in the November/December 2005 Foreign Policy. Scott Atran recalls interviewing the “spiritual leader of the Southeast Asian terrorist organizations Jemaah Islamiyah.”

...I found a smiling, bespectacled lecturer eating dates and surrounded by doting acolytes. “It’s true there’s a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West,” he explained politely, “because Islam and infidels, the right and the wrong, cannot live together in peace. The jihad against the Jews and Christians is destiny.”

And from this morning’s headlines at Yahoo! News.

Nine people were killed and 65 wounded by suspected suicide bombers in two Bangladesh cities on Tuesday, apparently the latest in a wave of attacks by militants fighting to turn the country into a sharia-based Islamic state.
[...]
Bangladesh has been hit this year by a wave of bombings blamed on militants demanding Islamic law in the mainly Muslim democracy.


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