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Zarqawi: A Cog in “A Well-Oiled Machine”

Although Zarqawi can do us no more harm, the West has no broader strategic counterstrategy to eliminate the vast Islamic fundamentalist “infrastructure” or “mindset and its enablers,” according to Youssef Ibrahim. The brains in this infrastructure are:

 

Ibrahim’s point is that eliminating “the foot soldiers” like Zarqawi is insufficient to winning this war and thus that the fight must be “ratcheted up.” We mist also fight this ideological “factory” by renewing “demands for democratic reforms and civil societies in places like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the Persian Gulf…These demands are essential weapons in the fight.”

If U.S. higher educators were of a different mettle, they would be leading the charge against high-placed Islamist brainwashers. They’d also be agitating for liberal reform in the Middle East. As things stand, however, our universities and academic organizations enable the enablers by not refuting jihad apologists on campuses and by accepting funding from the well-oiled jihadist machine.

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