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. May — Clifford 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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