A major bad guy treatise has been translated by William McCants, a specialist in medieval and modern Islamic thought. The Management of Savagery (pdf) by Abu Bakr Naji is a virtual "how to" book on defeating Western philosophy, religion, militaries, governments, etc.
From the book:
Translation of Major al-Qaeda Book that Outlines Its Plan for Defeating U.S. and Its Allies
The genre of “strategic studies”—the name given by jihadi ideologues to their books and articles on the strengths and weakness of the jihadi movement and those of its enemies—had, until recently, been neglected by Western governments and analysts involved with counterterrorism. In 2004, Hegghammer and Lia called attention to the genre (which they dubbed “jihadi strategic studies”) and usefully commented on its features (Hegghammer and Lia, SCT, 2004). More recently, Brachman and McCants demonstrated how this genre can be used to identify and exploit the weaknesses of the jihadi movement (Brachman and McCants, SCT, 2006—a draft is available online). Despite this growing attention, a full translation of one of these books has not been publicly available.
"The jihadi movement had been unsuccessful in the past because the superpowers propped up ... proxy governments and convinced the masses through the media that they were invincible. The solution, Naji says, is to provoke a superpower into invading the Middle East directly. This will result in a great propaganda victory for the jihadis because the people willAnyone reading this book can clearly see how the West (especially the U.S.) has played right into the hands of the Salafists. What the enemy did not anticipate was the power of the U.S. forces. But, that doesn't matter to the enemy; this is a war of time and tey believe the West will eventually tire of the struggle and give up.
1) be impressed that the jihadis are directly fighting a superpower,
2) be outraged over the invasion of a foreign power,
3) be disabused of the notion that the superpower is invincible the longer the war goes on, and, 4) be angry at the proxy governments allied with the invading superpower.
Moreover, he argues, it will bleed the superpower’s economy and military. This will lead to social unrest at home and the ultimate defeat of the superpower."
Whether the West follows the script as written by Abu Bakr Naji is totally up to the West. Knowing the enemy is the most basic element of warfare. Until we finally decide to know the enemy as intimately he knows us, we will have no chance whatsoever at stopping the violent movement of Islam to dominate the world with fundamentalist Islam.
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