Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Monday, October 30, 2006

Al-Qaeda 1,2,3

A 10 second lesson.

Al-Qaeda-like organizations have been around for 1,500 years. Al-Qaeda takes its inspriation from Hassan Ibn Saba's Hashasheen, an underground society devoted to the demise of the Seljuk Empire through assassination and suicides. Afghanistan served as the modern day redoubt of Alamut where Bin Laden and his followers lived in reclusion and ascetism under Spartan conditions.

Al-Qaeda is influenced by the thought of Ibn Hanbal (VIII century) and Ibn Taymiyyah (XIII century) in which Jihad is of primordial importance. Naturally, the Wahhabis draw upon them as well.

Al-Qaeda has about 5,000 members and they are mostly rich capitalists from the Arabian peninsula. It's a cult of extraordinarily rich gentlemen, who are practitioners of chaos.

Al-Qaeda really doesn't give a shit about the downtrodden. Growing one's investment portfolio and building one's warchest chief enterprise. People like al-Zarkawi are wanna-be's. There is no al-Qaeda in a hellhole like Iraq. What Bush tells the Americans is hokum. And Al-Qaeda doens't care about the outcome of the US elections.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great post Nur, insightful and straight to the point. I'm convinced that Al Qaeda has professional marketing people among its else to explain their masterful use of the proverbial smoke and mirrors.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, just a quick note to clarify your post: the hashisheen were nothing like al qaeda - the very word that stems from their name should be an indication: assasination is a murder of a public figure, mostly a political one. the alamut lot never targeted civilans. oh, and btw - they were not drugged - you wouldn't trust a dopehead with a mission, would you.
(ps. even bernard lewis agrees with this one, and that counts for something, right? not quite sure what.)

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

key term: "practitioners of chaos".

9:25 AM  

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