A GREAT OVERVIEW OF ISLAMISM AND TERRORISM
sent to me courtesy of JB at Riting on the Wall
. The author David Zeidan does a nice job of surveying the ideological evolution and flavors of these various Islamist groups and I can say I learned about some more obscure figures known mostly to Middle Eastern area specialists and counter-terrorism experts.
On the other hand, to use a Marxist phrase, I'm still of a position that for all the religiousity of their ideological roots that in the " last analysis " these Islamists are political totalitarians with operational/structural similarities to the secular movements of the 20th century, especially fascism though in tactical terms resemblences to Communist organizations can be seen as well. The cross-over point between religious and political zeal would seem to my mind to be the point where the Islamist leaves behind the phase of " separation " Zeidan discusses to an actively violent political program of Jihad. At this point the secular aspects of Jihad - military, political and terrorist- overshadow all other religious values and Quranic considerations. Power becomes the determining factor, what advances the cause, not what is the Islamic thing to do.
is running an article on the same topic