The Corner

RE JIHADISTS AND SECULARISTS

Baathists are Arab supremacists: Arabs über alles.

Militant Islamists are Islamic supremacists: Muslims über alles.

As Baathism has lost its momentum, it has merged at the margins with Militant Islamism. One example: When Saddam Hussein had “Allahu Akhbar” inscribed on the Iraqi flag. Another example: the creation of the Islamist al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades within “secular” Fatah.

Baathists take comfort in the fact that when Muslims around the world pray they face Mecca – in Arabia.

Final point: Syria’s Assad is an Allawite. Allawites are a Shia minority sect in Syria, an overwhelmingly Sunni country. That, too, provides a foundation for the alliance with Iran’s Militant Islamist Shia mullahs.

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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