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Raymond Ibrahim

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March 14, 2014 - 11:16 am

CIA director John Brennan is at it again—equivocating over the nature of jihad by evoking paradigms familiar to the West.

Last Tuesday, “during an event at the Council of Foreign Relations, Brennan was asked about the ‘war of ideas’ surrounding Islam, which the questioner said many Americans tend to equate with violence.”

The CIA chief responded by saying that al-Qaeda’s ideology is “a perverse and very corrupt interpretation of the Qur’an”; that “al-Qaeda has hijacked” Islam; that “they have really distorted the teachings of Muhammad.”

Even so, “that ideology, that agenda of al-Qaeda,” confirmed Brennan, “has gained resonance and following in many parts of the world.”

So what is the CIA chief’s explanation as to why such a “perverse and very corrupt” understanding of Islam—one that has “distorted the teachings of Muhammad”— resonates among Muslims?

He gives none—other than to say that this ideology is “fed a lot of times by, you know, political repression, by economic, you know, disenfranchisement, by, you know, lack of education and ignorance, so there—there are a number of phenomena right now that I think are fueling the fires of, you know, this ideology.”

Interestingly, if you watch the video clip of Brennan talking, you will note that he only “you knows” in the above quotation (four times) and right before it, when he says that al-Qaeda has “distorted the teachings of Muhammad, you know, for violent purposes.”

The rest of his talk is relatively smooth.

Could Brennan be self-conscious of his own equivocations—hence all these stilted “you knows” in one sentence?

Could he be aware of the Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009?   It found that “Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.”… Keep reading

Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center; Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum; and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim’s dual-background -- born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East -- has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.

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No mention of the Koran, which explicitly commands jihad?
Our politically correct leaders are destroying America.
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The hijackers of 9-11 were poor kids? The rocketmakers in Gaza are ignorant?

Where in the New Testament are Christians commanded to forceably convert others or to create a global kingdom of God?
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According to Brennan's seat of the pants scholarship it's quite amazing how long political repression, economic disenfranchisement, lack of education and ignorance has apparently afflicted the poor Islamic victims as some kind of root cause for jihad.

A scholar I tend to respect more on this subject is Daniel Pipes. According to Pipes "Jihad in the sense of territorial expansion has always been a central aspect of Muslim life. That's how Muslims came to rule much of the Arabian Peninsula by the time of the Prophet Muhammad's death in 632. It's how, a century later, Muslims had conquered a region from Afghanistan to Spain. Subsequently, jihad spurred and justified Muslim conquests of such territories as India, Sudan, Anatolia, and the Balkans." (http://www.danielpipes.org/990/what-is-jihad).

That's going pretty far and wide for many, many years to claim repression and lack of education.
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They are here. For 20 years the Muslim Brotherhood has been
Infiltrating, buying influence, media, political, education institutions.
Petro millions waging war from within our liberal
Democratic system. This blueprint was recovered by the FBI
In 1991. (. English trans page 15- ). We're being
Eaten alive. Brennan is one of many who've been corrupted.
The Senate needs to begin investigations before
The game is over.
http://www.investigativeproject.org/documents/misc/20.pdf
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I wanna say I remember reading an article here on PJM by Patrick Poole who spoke about how dangerous John Brennan is. Who knew Patrick may have underrated how dangerous he is. What fool actually believes this garbage that Brennan is trying to sell?
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Brennan you jerk, Jihad is the result of HATRED!
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No mention of the Koran, which explicitly commands jihad?
Our politically correct leaders are destroying America.
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So, if religious tenets are irrelevant to cause and effect why the fuss from the "smart set" about scripture readings in public schools?
19 weeks ago
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Well, now, hold on a minute.
Jihad has roots in Islamic theology. So did Jewish and Christian holy wars, a habit we've pretty thoroughly given up.
Why? Because liberty and prosperity made death for the glory of God a lot less appealing, and because a growing compassion made killing for the glory of God even less appealing.
The economic deprivation, the ignorance and stifling, are part of how jihad develops. But it's the leadership in Moslem countries that creates these conditions, not the people of the rest of the world.
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The hijackers of 9-11 were poor kids? The rocketmakers in Gaza are ignorant?

Where in the New Testament are Christians commanded to forceably convert others or to create a global kingdom of God?
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I watched that, and it was held by the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR). I suspect, his response to Jihad is one the CFR wants to put out. Helping with the agenda of furthering the Muslim Brotherhood, and US Administration's in region 4 of the WTO. The area known as the Arab spring, or the Arab pagan Holiday of blood.

I guess, it is only the poor uneducated worshipers of my god of the Kabba who are learning to fly, or building bombs. Where is the free Syrian army getting their weapons, and money? American tax monies?
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"Could Brennan be self-conscious of his own equivocations—hence all these stilted “you knows” in one sentence?"

I prefer the word "lies". There is no way someone as educated and experienced as Brennan doesn't know the truth about Islam.
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