Al Qaeda as death cult.
January 18, 2002 4:11 AM   Subscribe

Al Qaeda as death cult. From The Monde Diplomatique: "Al-Qaida has been thought of as a global or national political movement, or representative of an entire religion. It isn't. It's just another of the many death-obsessed sectarian movements to emerge in the past 20 years."

posted by talos (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
talos: Thanks for posting a link to this interesting article. How the world's nations are to deal with extra-national terrorism is the question of the day.

(I am puzzled that the author is described simply as "Civil servant, Paris." Knowing he is "Special Advisor, Minister of Defense, France" would add more authority to his opinion. Not a conspiracy theory, just curiosity.)
posted by Carol Anne at 7:37 AM on January 18, 2002

Bin Laden condemned the US as "the modern world's symbol of paganism". This mixture of theology and anti-globalisation mirrors the deep schizophrenia of Saudi society, which enjoys abroad what it will not allow at home. At the same time it considers anywhere else, particularly the US, hell. Yet that inferno is much like paradise, since wine and women will greet the martyr, according to the notebook in Atta's bag.

Aint it the truth though...
posted by BentPenguin at 8:36 AM on January 18, 2002

another thumbs up for an excellent post!

what is going on in minot? i can't find anything on the web...
posted by specialk420 at 9:02 AM on January 18, 2002

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