Meet the Coindinistas

Andrew Exum, the coindinista blogger– counterinsurgency for the uninitiate–relies heavily upon the Norwegian Thomas Hegghammer, whose studies of al-Qaeda and Islamic militancy have made him a rising star in global intelligence circles. Today both linked Israel to global Islamic militancy in ways that will give heartburn to neoconservatives.

Last year, Hegghammer, in a Harvard talk on al-Qaeda, noted that Abdullah Azzam, a founder of transnational jihad, was heavily influenced by Zionism and wished to create a militant Islamic equivalent. A few Israelis and polite Cambridge liberals in the audience appeared uncomfortable. Ibn Tufayel simply smirked and noted that it wasn’t only Muslims that are in denial. Now the coindinistas and terrorism specialists draw an explicit link between Israeli violence against Palestinians and global Islamic militancy.

There is an important distinction between coindinistas/international terrorism specialists and neoconservatives. The former fights global Islamic terror groups but has sympathy for broader Muslim societies. The latter wishes to fight all Muslims globally and has contempt for all Muslims. Hegghammer on the Foreign Policy blog links the Israeli occupation as a "significant" contributing factor to global Islamic militancy:

My claim is a moderate one: Palestine matters and should be taken into consideration by counterterrorism strategists. I am not saying that Palestine is the only cause of anti-Western jihadism or even the most important one. However, of all the causes over which Western policymakers have influence, Palestine is probably among the most significant.

Posted in Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Neocons, US Policy in the Middle East

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  1. Out From the Shadows, By Philip Weiss, The American Conservative — May 01, 2010 Issue
    (EXCERPTS) In that radical handbook on the workings of American society, the Wizard of Oz never recovered once Dorothy pulled back the curtain of her own innocence. One would like to believe that AIPAC will never recover from a brutal spring that has exposed its real interests to the American public. Even supporters of the Jewish state have criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for fully taking Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s side in his battle with Barack Obama over settlements, and during its recent annual conference, the lobby looked wobbly and defensive….
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  2. Avi says:

    Last year, Hegghammer, in a Harvard talk on al-Qaeda, noted that Abdullah Azzam, a founder of transnational jihad, was heavily influenced by Zionism and wished to create a militant Islamic equivalent. A few Israelis and polite Cambridge liberals in the audience appeared uncomfortable.

    You see, Zionists just don’t want competition on their home turf. Ever since the British government was usurped to do the Zionists’ dirty work, they have had the market cornered on both violence, lies and deception – the Zionists that is.

    …appeared uncomfortable.

    Indeed.

  3. Citizen says:

    If Jews always have a high antennae to detect the slightest movement of anti-semitism in the air, and the Blacks have an equally high antennae to detect the slightest movement of
    racism in the air, then why wouldn’t Arabs/Muslims have an equally high antennae of something in the air that might harm them collectively? The same can increasingly be said of Latinos, yes? Again, why not for Arabs/muslims?

    Why should the Arabs/Muslims be allowed only a stub where a tall antennae should be?
    I mean, it’s not like they are of European stock and hence doomed to the stub because
    of their predatory ancestors, right?

    • potsherd says:

      The antennae of American blacks are obviously not tuned to the mideast, where racist Israel’s oppression is ignored by the Congressional Black Caucus.

      For that matter, there is currently a jihad of politically-correctness being carried on by so-called “anti-racists” obsessed with “cultural appropriation” yet none of these seem to want to stand up for the brown people being bombed by Western imperialists.

  4. James North says:

    An excellent post by Ibn Tufayel. A (probably unanswerable) question; do the neoconservatives really believe that hatred for Lady Gaga is a bigger grievance for Islamic violent jihadism than the Israeli invasion of Gaza, or are they aware that their “analysis” is just another effort to justify everything Israel does?

  5. LeaNder says:

    Interesting. Did he study with Giles Kepel? His articles and especially his reviews are interesting. Good to see some move beyond the Orientalism of people like Bernard Lewis.

  6. LeaNder says:

    sorry, Gilles Kepel, that should have been.

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