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The Magistrate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:40 AM
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14. My Ignorance Is Legend, Sir
Foreign fighters indeed arrived in Iraq, viewing themselves as resisting a Western invasion of Islamic lands. To pretend all who did so were dedicated al Queda radicals is similar to imagining all members of the International Brigades in Spain were Communist Party members. The area you reference is a heartland of the old Sennusi, who have a tradition of resistance to Western incursions on Islam long predating modern Islamic radicalism. Pretending this makes the present rising in Libya an expression of al Queda is foolishness on a par with the best of Pipes or Emerson.
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