“Praise be to God who gives strength to Islam with His victory….,” by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, U.S. Central Command, 9 January 2006, http://www.centcom.mil/sites/uscentcom1/Shared%20Documents/What%20Extremists%20Say.aspx?PageView=Shared (from ZenPundit).
Zarqawi should follow the Muslim Brothers. He should think different.
The Iraqi Islamic Party can be considered the Iraqi branch of the Muslim Brothers — a scary politico-terrorist organization that assassinated Anwar Sadat. But the IIP is supporting elections in Iraq, while Zarqawi’s terrorist group “al Qaeda in Iraq” is opposing them. Why?
Because the Iraqi Islamic Party is thinking different.
Or more specifically: because the Iraqi Islamic Party is thinking higher.
|Man||Individuals||George Bush, Osama bin Laden|
|His Friends||Groups||Republican Party, al Qaeda|
|the State||States||United States, Iraq|
|Her Friends||Alliances||NATO, Arab League|
|War||Systems||The underlying assumptions|
In his letter, Zarqawi castigates the Iraqi Islamic Party for ignoring the Groups level of analysis
We address a message to the Islamic Party, inviting it to abandon this rough road and ruinous path it pursued. It was about to destroy the Sunnis and implicate them in relying on worldly life and accepting the jahiliyah [pre-Islamic] rule, which they disguised as legitimate interests. They should have called on people to perform jihad for the sake of the almighty God and to grieve over our sisters and brothers in the prisons of the worshippers of the cross, instead of rejoicing and dancing in streets to celebrate an imaginary victory and alleged conquest. Where is their zeal for religion and Muslims?
As well as the States — the IIP seems unconcerned with seizing Iraq!
“This Party coordinated contacts with Zalmai Khalil Zad, the U.S. ambassador, who is ruling Iraq, when he met with their leaders in the Green Zone before voting on the infidel constitution, and told them: Vote on the constitution and have what you want. Thus the deal was struck and the Party started to give tempting bribes to certain tribal chiefs to convince them of the need to participate in the elections. What did they get in exchange? A seat in parliament was promised if the tribal chiefs promised to preserve the security of the U.S. forces in their areas. A religion is being sold and a jihad stopped in exchange for a seat in a parliament that does not prevent harm or fight infidelism. Has madness reached the extent that a man should sell out his religion for worthless mundane offers?
At these levels Zarqawi is right in his criticisms: Sunnis make up only 15% of all Iraqis, so a democracy would not favor Sunnis.
But the Iraqi Islamic Party isn’t looking at group and states — its looking at alliances and systems.
While Zarqawi is nickle-and-diming in Iraq, the Iraqi Islamic Party (along with the Muslim Brotherhood) is looking at the Arab world.
By thinking simply, Zarqawi and al Qaeda in Iraq are fighting the US and against democracy to take one country.
By thinking different, the Iraqi Islamic Party and the Muslim Brothers are working with the US for democracy to take many countries.
The Muslim Brothers know better. They think different.