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Jihadism and the U.S.: 2007-2009

Don’t miss this important “roundup” on the subject from Walid Phares, a Visiting Scholar at the European Foundation for Democracy:

During 2007 several arrests and dismantling of cells within the United States demonstrated the spread of the Jihadi networks at various levels and in different areas … the Jihadi web is much wider and deeper than anticipated … The diverse nature of the Jihadi activities in America lead me to believe that the next waves will be more sophisticated and better inserted in the institutions and society …
[There has been] Jihadi ideological penetration of various spheres of education and decision-making, including at the strategic level. Both Wahabi and Khomeinist funding and influence have been spotted in 2007. The US Congress and the Administration should be spending time and efforts during 2008 to develop a national consensus on the definition of the threat doctrine, Jihadism. Short of achieving a minimal understanding of the Terror ideology, 2009 and beyond will witness a faster mutation of the Jihadi threat inside the country. (The American Thinker)

It is urgent that the academy – so seminal to the ideological formation and thrust of all other institutions – lead the way in fostering this understanding.

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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