Friday, July 08, 2005

"And This Is Why They Did It"

The Times Online had guest contributor Amir Taheri, an Iranian commentator on Middle Eastern affairs, write an opinion piece on the London Terror Attacks. I heard about the piece when Michael Smerconish interviewed Mr. Taheri on his program this morning. Mr. Taheri's essay indicates:
  1. The ideology and goals of alQaeda have their roots in the philosophies of Abul-Ala al-Maudoodi, a Pakistani who taught that everyone has to become a Muslim ... or else. This "shock them into conversion for their own good" belief fuels the path that Bin Laden, a disciple of al-Maudoodi, has carved out for his group.
  2. There is no way to talk or reason with the people who follow this ideology. None. Zip. Zero. Their ideology is completely alien to the Western and Democratic mindset.
For more background on Mr. Taheri, check this page. To read Taheri's essay, "And This Is Why They Did It," which I highly recommend, go to the Times Online.

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