Monday, August 25, 2003

The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (not my favorite source, but it'll do for today) suggests that an extremist group called Al-Jama'a al-Salafiya al-Mujahida was behind the United Nations bombing that killed 21 people. Some points of Al-Jama'a al-Salafiya al-Mujahida summarized:

  • A hatred of Americans, but "respectful" to Christian and Jews

  • Reject any form of democracy and instead offer their own unique system of governance - the Islamic caliphate and its institutions.

  • Based on the Salafi Islamic commentaries of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab and Ibn Taymiyya (Wahabi version of Salafi Islam).

  • Have claimed about a dozen guerilla attacks so far.

  • I will keep you updated on Al-Jama'a al-Salafiya al-Mujahida, if there are any developments.

    UPDATE: Not ruling out al-Qaeda, even though Al-Jama'a al-Salafiya al-Mujahida could be an affiliatte. In bin Laden's November 3 speech, he railed against the United Nations, calling it "a tool of crime" and the Arab leaders who participated "infidels." The United Nations, headed by Sergio Vieira de Mello, worked to seperate East-Timor from Muslim Indonesia. Saudi Arabia and Syria's borders are perfectly crossable.

    UPDATE 2: Reuters (via the Washington Post) reports that al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility on this website. It's an Islamic reformist website, but not reform as in the way Iranians are calling for, if you know what I mean. They justify the 9/11 attacks, call for an end of relations with the U.S., etc.


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