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ICC Note: M. Zuhdi Jasser, vice-chair of USCIRF, gives great insight into how the worldview of Islamic groups makes a significant difference in whether they use violence or not. The ideology of political Islam, imposed by force, produces grave consequences, and it is a battle against that ideology that it is important to be engaged in. This means working to isolate and degrade the influence they have in society at large.
By Tyler O’Neil
9/11/2013 Syria (Christian Post) Radical Islamism, the ideology behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, also fuels the conflict in Syria, Middle East experts agree. They disagree, however, on the degree of support which the United States should give to the forces opposing President Bashar Al-Assad.
M. Zuhdi Jasser, vice chair of the United States Commision on International Religious Freedom and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), told The Christian Post Tuesday, “9/11 woke up America to a symptom of a deeper disease, and that disease is what produces militant groups like al Qaeda or radical Islamism.” He argued that “the core issue is not the militants, it’s the ideology of political Islam.”
Jasser, who is Syrian American, argued that this worldview grew from a conflict between secular governments and radical Muslims in the Middle East over the past century. “The Muslim Brotherhood cut its teeth fighting Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak,” he explained. Without a Muslim government, they argued, national fascist dictators will enforce their tyrannical rule by military authority.
The IAFD President claimed that if the U.S. had aided the opposition forces early on, Syria would have had a chance to maintain its diverse population. At the beginning of the conflict, it had a “vibrant, pluralistic community,” with Christians forming 10 percent, Alawites another 10 percent, Kurds between 10 and 15 percent, and Sunnis 65 percent of the population.
“But that community is being lost in the nuclear winter of the most egregious violations and crimes against humanity going on right now,” Jasser said. He noted the deaths of more than 110,000 Syrians and the use of chemical weapons.
“We’re being raped, tortured, imprisoned, and murdered,” Jasser, who still has family living in Syria, paraphrased his family’s reports. He argued that “this is not a civil war,” because the Assad regime would have been overturned by Syrians if Iran and Hezbollah had not been supporting it. He estimated upward of 10,000 foreign soldiers in Assad’s army.

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