This study examines a new phenomenon,
unprecedented in the danger it represents for the peace of the modern world.
It was born in 1988 with the founding of al-Qa`idah by bin-Laden, and
sprouted in February 1993 in the attack on the Twin Towers in New York.
However, its institutionalization came in February 1998 with the founding of
the Worldwide Islamic Front for Holy War against the Jews and the Crusaders,
led by bin-Laden. This was a kind of worldwide Islamist international assault.
The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, was not the first in a series, but
it was sufficiently traumatic in its significance to arouse the United States
to determined action.
We treat the phenomenon as New,
Anarchistic Islamic Terrorist Groups possessing ten traits distinguishing them
from the old style fundamentalist “Islam”, and stress the worldwide threat
that they embody. We have found that the most important distinction is their
reversal of the strategy of action: The Arab regimes are stable as a result of
the presence and aid of the West. Hence, it is necessary to expel the West,
the new Crusaders, from their presence on Arab-Islamic soil, in order for it
to be possible to overthrow the secular Arab-Islamic regimes that represent
the new jahiliyyah, and to set up a state based on Islamic law.
We have analyzed four main factors that
have brought about the growth of these groups and the molding of a new
strategy, one more aggressive and violent. In order to internalize the
phenomenon, we propose focusing on the cultural dimension in order to
understand the roots of Islamic civilization and its sources, and to learn the
features of the Arab-Islamic political system.
The goal of this study is to prove what
researchers and decision-makers are not willing to say in the age of
“politically correct”, but what many believe, that the combination of Arab
radicals and fundamentalist Islam constitutes the greatest threat to the
existence of modern society. The 20th century witnessed the rise of
two threats unprecedented in history, Communism and Nazism. When they were
defeated and the illusion of the “end of history” emerged, the new Islamic
fundamentalism flourished and now threatens to push back the achievements of
mankind and to bury modern society.
Nevertheless, to a great extent, the new
fundamentalist Islam is more dangerous: It is found in many states throughout
the world, and has a population of more than one billion Muslims who are
widely distributed geographically. Significantly, it is found in large numbers
in modern, industrialized countries. Fundamentalism is based on a totalistic
religion, which has no commitment to modern society. Indeed it aspires to
utterly destroy modern society. It is more threatening, in combination with
states having extremist regimes, and has both the means and powerful motives
for purchasing and obtaining unconventional weapons; its ideology is
uncompromisingly murderous and nihilistic; and it is supported by millions of
frustrated, poverty-stricken people who seek to restore the humiliating
present to the magnificent past.
Finally, we have
sketched the measures that need to be employed in the war against terrorism in
general, in the form of several packages. Yet, we have stressed that the new
fundamentalist threat is so vital, so dangerous, so horrifying and so lacking
in human feeling, that worldwide actions must be undertaken against it and
against the regimes that support it, in the form of a total war of extinction.
This is a war of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness, against the
new Huns, the destroyers of modern civilization. If they are not
overwhelmingly overcome, the 21st century will be bloodier than the
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