By Emile Nakhleh
In an important Engagement, the CIA's former element guy on Islam makes a energetic case for a renewal of yank public international relations within the Muslim global. delivering a special stability among in-depth research, own memoir, and overseas coverage treatments, the publication injects much-needed knowledge into the general public dialogue of long term U.S.-Muslim family members. Intelligence insider Emile Nakhleh argues that an engagement with the Muslim international advantages the nationwide curiosity of the U.S.. hence, the following management may still discard the terrorism prism during which the rustic has seen political Islam considering Sept. 11 and concentration in its place at the universal pursuits of the US and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates contemporary U.S. coverage towards Islamic international locations and gives the hot management a ten-point plan for rebuilding America's courting with the Muslim global. the writer demonstrates that successful over Arabs and Muslims calls for an intensive wisdom of Arab and Muslim cultures and languages inside our intelligence group, in addition to a long term American dedication of group of workers and assets. whereas the luck of those efforts might be incremental and difficult to degree, Nakhleh believes that the present low status of the U.S. in so much Arab and Muslim international locations might be reversed. Stressing that powerful public international relations has to be a major, coordinated attempt pursued on the maximum political degrees, an important Engagement charts a brand new direction for destiny ties among the U.S. and the Islamic global.
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The Directorate of Intelligence provided its analysis of political Islam and the growing phenomenon of Islamic activism to policymakers through articles in the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), strategic papers, trip reports, responses to inquiries or taskings from policymakers, and high-level briefings (which I provided on several occasions). S. government analysts and managers from the intelligence and policy communities to explore different facets—legal, economic, cultural, educational, religious—of Islamic activism.
Al-Fahd was arrested after he issued the treatise, and while in Saudi jail, Saudi authorities claimed that he recanted the trea- 16 CHAPTER 1 tise; however, it is instructive to note that no Muslim state or nonstate group has denounced the treatise or spoken against its findings. Radical jihadists continue to quote it as a justification to acquire and use WMD in their fight on behalf of Islam. Apart from the theorizing of radical clerics and religious scholars, Bin Ladin’s radical message continues to resonate among some Muslim youth primarily because of its simplicity, clarity, and repetitiveness.
He offered four central points in defense of his position. First, “defining WMD as only nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons is unacceptable and a self-serving Western ruse, because massive use of conventional weapons and bombs has killed millions of men, women, and children. S. ” Third, “indiscriminate killing of civilians by jihadists’ weapons of mass destruction is permissible if civilians cannot be practically distinguished from others in warfare. If they are killed collaterally, there is nothing wrong with it.