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Title: The Religion of Islam

The Religion of Islam
  • Fundamentalism The Roots of Terrorism

Bryce Kelley Medford Area Senior High School
Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Radical Utopian Movement
  • Quran is the bases for all (Political, Economic,
    Social, etc.)
  • Every government is corrupt and must be replaced
    with a Islamic Religious Government.
  • Do not believe in Democracy
  • Some cases ok
  • Democracy vs. Dictatorship
  • Islam vs. Democracy

Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Anti-Semitic (Jewish)
  • Believe in myths
  • Jewish organization controls the world
  • No Jews died in Holocaust or World Trade Center.
  • Zionist groups kidnap Muslim babies and use blood
    for sacrifices.
  • Anti-Western Establishment
  • Crusades are an example of West trying to kill
    off Muslims
  • A farceMore Christians died of disease and
    starvation. Some murder, but not a lot.

Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Biggest threat is not U.S. Military.
  • Western Corporations
  • Ayatollah Khomeini (Iran)
  • We are not afraid of the U.S. military,
    intervention, or economic sanctions. We are
    afraid of western universities (ideas)
  • Taliban (Afghanistan) calls for arrest of Madonna
    / Michael Jackson
  • Blue Jeans
  • Prohibitive
  • Temptation is the fundamental problem

Islamic Fundamentalism
  • Americans are perceived as a threat.
  • Fundamentalists feel embattled
  • Threatened by the west
  • Ultimately struggling against the dramatic
    changes brought about by secularism and
  • Very difficult for peace to win out
  • Confident in victory

What Comes To Mind?
Terrorism Defined
  • Websters the use of threats or force to
    demoralize, intimidate, and subjugate, especially
    as a political weapon.
  • World Book the use of threat or violence to
    create fear and alarm.

What is Terrorism
  • A complicated phenomenon.
  • Form of political violence.
  • Species of psychological warfare.
  • Symbolism
  • Publicity for change

Classification of Terrorism
State Supported
  1. Social Revolutionary
  2. National Separatist
  3. Religious Fundamentalist
  4. New Religions
  5. Right Wing
  6. Single Issue

Social Revolutionist
Nationalist Separatist
Irish Republican Army
Fidel Castro, Cuba
New Relgion
Religious Fundamentalist
David Koresh, Branch Davidians Waco, Texas
Osama Bin Laden
Right Wing
Single Issue
Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan
Eric Rudolph, 1998 Birmingham Alabama, Abortion
Clinic bombing.
The Goal of Terrorism
  • Terrorists are convinced they are acting on
    behalf of the moral character of the group.
  • Agents of Righteousness in the battle between
    darkness and truth.
  • The cause is justification for violence.
  • The cause is an outlet for anger.
  • Oulet for anger.
  • Convenient vehicle for change.
  • Stirs up enthusiasm and excitement.
  • Sources of hope for the future.
  • Provides a sense of power
  • A sense of importance
  • Overcome feeling of incompetence (STRONG!)

Characteristics of Terrorist Organizations
  • Most are small with 100 members or less
  • Tight knit, radical organizations
  • Relatively little training and use
    unsophisticated equipment
  • Today, we see more loosely knit groups with
    branches in other countries (Taliban)
  • Ethnically and politically homogenous
  • Often made up of friends and relatives, so
    difficult to infiltrate
  • Seldom operate from one location
  • Funded by crime / drugs

Why become a Terrorist?
  • Often caused by
  • Poverty
  • Lack of education
  • Environment
  • Entitlement
  • Perceived importance of standard of living
  • Anger
  • Lack of Alternative
  • Protection from threat (Real or perceived)
  • Anger

What draws them in?
  • What we need to understand is not why bombers do
    it, but how they are recruited and trained.
  • Bottom Line A meaningful death is better than a
    pointless life.
  • His life is not cheap because he is fearless or
    brave. He offers the only thing he has.
  • Muslim Engineering Student

  • Keys to paradise
  • Direct path to heaven
  • Promise of no pain and an end to suffering
  • Rewards to family
  • You are a martyr
  • Family is taken care of financially
  • Fame and Glory

This is not suicide. Suicide is selfish,
reflects mental weakness. This is itishad
(martyrdom or self-sacfrice in the service of
Allah. - Interviewed Terrorist
Terrorist Profile Old vs. New
  • Israel Bombers
  • 17 -22 years old
  • Male, single, young
  • Uneducated
  • Unemployed
  • Dispirited youth
  • Bleak future
  • Recruited hours before
  • Brainwashed for honor and family status
  • Not left alone until act complete
  • New Terrorists
  • 28 -35 years old
  • Male, married, older
  • Have higher education
  • Financially comfortable
  • From middle class families
  • Lived in west exposed to opportunity
  • Blended in with society
  • Ignore the dress, customs, and grooming of
    traditional Muslims
  • Left alone far away for years
  • Not brainwashed, but rather true believers.

The Goal of Jihad
  • Jihad holy war, righteous struggle
    against the Western world.
  • To endeavor, to strive, to struggle
  • Fundamentalist Islamic hatred for the West.

And what is wrong with you that you not fight in
the cause of Allah, and for those weak,
ill-treated and oppressed young men, women, and
children, whos cry is, Our Lord! Rescue us
from this town whose people are oppressors and
raise us from You one who will protect, and raise
us from You one who will help. (Soorah
The Goal of Jihad
  • Bin Laden The mission is to fight the Pagans
    all together, and fight them until there is no
    more turmoil or oppression.
  • Bin Laden, 1998 In compliance with Gods
    order, we issue the following fatwa to all
    Muslims The ruling to kill Americans and their
    allies civilians and military is an
    individual duty for every MuslimThis is in
    accordance with the words of the Almighty God.
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