Al-Qaeda: The Next Goal Is to Liberate Spain from the Infidels

Lt. Col. (res.) Jonathan Dahoah-Halevi via JCP – læs det hele her

* Large parts of the Iberian Peninsula were under Islamic rule from 711 until 1492, with the final eviction of the Moors from what they called al-Andalus, and the memory of Islamic rule in Spain has become increasingly part of the discourse in radical Islam.

* Osama bin Laden has written: “We request of Allah…that the [Islamic] nation should regain its honor and prestige, should raise again the unique flag of Allah on all stolen Islamic land, from Palestine to Andalus.” Bin Laden’s mentor, Abdullah Azzam, established that the Islamic obligation to wage jihad in order to recover lost Islamic territories applies to Andalusia.

* Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, the spiritual head of the Muslim Brotherhood, has written that while Islam was twice evicted from Europe – from al-Andalus and from Greece – it is now in the process of returning.

* A children’s magazine published by Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, called on Palestinian children to restore the city of Seville to Islamic rule as well as the rest of what was once Islamic Spain.

* Israel, therefore, is a small link in the greater confrontation between radical Islam and the West. Accepting the Arabs’ terms for a Middle East settlement, or even going so far as “liberating” Palestine from Israeli rule, will not be the last stop in the radical Islamic journey being led by the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda, which share the vision of spreading Islam all over the world.

* Indeed, for the West, Israel constitutes a dike against the great wave of radical Islam. The very same principle invoked for waging war against Israel – recovery of what was once Islamic territory – is being applied to Spain, the Balkans, Southern Russia, and India. European pressure on Israel to make political concessions that endanger its security will only bring closer the next stage of Islam’s offensive, this time aimed at the heart of Europe.

Opposing jihadism – an onset for a cure

Af Mark Cogen – læs det hele her

Jihadism is a violent and radical fundamentalism and it has emerged as this century’s nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s ideological nightmares: fascism and Soviet-styled communism. Jihadism is a political ideology with global ambitions. It wants to establish a world-wide caliphate by rejecting and destroying the current state system. Jihadists strive for the collapse of the economies and the governments of our society. They want to overthrow the moderate, modern nations and to replace them by a caliphate. Jihadism does not recognize borders, and the drive to globalization even strengthens them in this belief. Jihadists like internet and new technologies as a tool to destroy the state system and to spread their message into Europe and other places outside the traditional sphere of Islam. They try to convince Muslims in Europe to join jihad. I would like to address the question how to deal with private armies and their members. We can make analyses on jihadism, on the spread of violent Islam in Europe, but these efforts must lead to a strategy to combat them. We need a cure now.

The war against jihad involves a proper legal framework that enables our governments and agencies to act efficiently. Since jihadist terror groups or private armies are conducting a real war against our society, we need military tribunals to deal with them instead of corroding and misusing the common criminal system. At the same time state practice, by means of national legislation, should develop specific rules within the body of the laws of war, a neglected aspect for a new type of war.

NATO is a successful organization for our defense and should be encouraged to continue its mission with emphasis on fighting jihadism in the world. However, troop levels are not sufficient, defense spending is not enough in Europe, and NATO’s contemporary mission is still unexplained before the public at large. But NATO is not alone to act. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was created to fight the spread of terrorism which is the jihadist threat in the first place. Some common platform is needed between the two security organizations, including common political action in the UN Security Council.

Finally, the fight against the spread of radical Islam into Europe cannot be won in Europe itself. The source of Islamic jihadism is outside Europe and it is nurturing jihadism inside Europe. Jihadism cannot survive without Islamic regimes supporting the jihadist view or tolerating it within their borders. Therefore military action will remain a necessary tool to turn the jihadist tide. And international law is definitely not on the side of jihadist regimes and their proxy armies. Democracies can be under threat for some time, but in the end head-on confrontation is unavoidable. This is exactly the lesson learnt from the 20th century when democracies declined to face a direct confrontation, but were forced to react when their very survival was at stake.

Marc Cogen is professor of International Law at Ghent University and co-founder of the ‘European Friends of Israel’. He specializes in the law of armed conflict, international law and common foreign and security policy of the European Union. He is currently an advisor to the Belgian minister of Foreign Affairs.