Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Taliban Operative: Opposition To Mosque Helps Jihadi Recruitment

Newsweek reports that opposition to the Islamic center at ground zero is actually helping the Taliban boost recruitment for jihad:

Taliban officials know it’s sacrilegious to hope a mosque will not be built, but that’s exactly what they’re wishing for: the success of the fiery campaign to block the proposed Islamic cultural center and prayer room near the site of the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan. “By preventing this mosque from being built, America is doing us a big favor,” Taliban operative Zabihullah tells NEWSWEEK. ...“It’s providing us with more recruits, donations, and popular support.”

America’s enemies in Afghanistan are delighted by the vehement public opposition to the proposed “Ground Zero mosque.” The backlash against the project has drawn the heaviest e-mail response ever on jihadi Web sites... “We are getting even more messages of support and solidarity on the mosque issue and questions about how to fight back against this outrage.”

Zabihullah also claims that the issue is such a propaganda windfall—so tailor-made to show how “anti-Islamic” America is—that it now heads the list of talking points in Taliban meetings with fighters, villagers, and potential recruits...

Taliban officials say they’re looking forward to a new wave of terrorist trainees from the West like this year’s Times Square car bomber. “I expect we will soon be receiving more American Muslims like Faisal Shahzad who are looking for help in how to express their rage,” says a Taliban official... ...The Ground Zero furor will likely add to that anger. “The more mosques you stop, the more jihadis we will get,” Zabihullah predicts.

As cited below, a recent study by Duke University and the University of North Carolina found that many mosques in America actually deter the spread of militant Islam in America. So those opposed to the building of the Islamic center near ground zero are helping the Taliban in jihadi recruitment–and opposition to the building of mosques across America obstructs a force for Islamic moderation. Meanwhile we have sent troops in harm's way in two wars, ostensibly so that both countries will establish moderate Islamic regimes. One bitter irony after another.

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