Al Qaeda in Iraq: Certainly Not Misguided Nationalists

by Ryan Mauro

A popular viewpoint in the West is that Al-Qaeda and other Islamist militants are misguided nationalists who just want their land free from U.S. domination. Proponents of this view are quick to note that they deplore their tactics, but that their goal is admirable. The real solution, they say, is to mind our own business.

Unfortunately for them, Al-Qaeda and other extremists are sometimes honest about what their long-term objectives are. Getting U.S. troops out of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan are just stepping stones towards a bigger objective.

A spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq, a part of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, just said in an audio recording that “We have never fought to [liberate] the land, but to establish a Caliphate and to instate Sharia” and “we fight to instate [the religion of] Allah worldwide.”

That’s not the only one. Bin Laden said, “Muslims are obligated to raid the lands of the infidels, occupy them, and exchange their systems of governance for an Islamic system, barring any practice that contradicts the Sharia from being publicly voiced among the people, as was the case at the dawn of Islam.”

The Muslim Brotherhood leadership says its goal is “mastership of the world” and “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within.” The Brotherhood even outlines how it wants to accomplish this through a process of “gradualism.”

The problem isn’t that we don’t “mind our own business.” The problem is the Islamist ideology.


Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel.

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