WHAT IS AL QAIDA ? SYMPOSIUM FROM RAND AND FRONTPAGEMAG.COM
David Horowitz's Frontpagemag.com
has been running a series of roundtables on various topics moderated by Jaime Glazov. This latest one on al Qaida
was excellent, well worth the investment of time to read. The panelists really honed in on the ideological-movement aspect of al Qaida and there was substantive debate over the magnitude of the threat Islamism poses.
If the panelists erred, it was in rejecting the comparison with Nazism and Communism, doing so on the grounds of the mighty military threats posed by the Third Reich and the USSR. Well, that really wasn't the direct analogy; look at the Nazi Party and the Volkische-nationalist fringe in Weimar Germany circa 1921-1923 or the Bolsheviks, Left Socialist Revolutionaries and Anarchists during the brief rule of Kerenskii's Provisional government and the comparison looks apt.