It is my view that one of the central geopolitical failures of American foreign policy particularly since the Viet Nam war era is that first and foremost it is corporatist and driven by lust for profit above all other issues. The Bushes, Clinton and Obama administrations have particularly been dominated by this thinking. We are surprised again and again by the rise of terrorism both internationally and locally, yet never seem to get the link between our own actions and the response they evoke. Our media rarely discuss this connection, it’s considered unpatriotic and is therefore mostly taboo.
This is a really important interview because it reveals the thinking of the Islamic fundamentalists. I would point out a few things that I took away from reading it.
First, fundamentalist religion whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish is the source of much of the world’s misery. And it always has the same characteristics: a sense of persecution, hate as a central emotional motif, a self-righteous conviction that the fundamentalists alone know the revealed truth, a strong sense of judgment against other points-of-view, and profound dysfunctional sexuality centering around male dominance over females.
Second, if you change a few words this exact interview could have come from the mouth of an Inquisitor during the Roman Catholic Church’s struggle (1232 first Inquisition, 1542, second Inquisition) to maintain its supremacy.
Third, policies like drone strikes create ten jihadists for everyone they kill. If we had poured an equivalent amount of money spent in war into building hospitals, schools, child care centers and libraries in the same countries none of this would be happening.
How does Islamic State think? How do its followers see the world? SPIEGEL ONLINE met up with an Islamic State recruiter in Turkey to hear about the extremist group’s vision for the future.
The conditions laid out by the Islamist are strict: no photos and no audio recording. He also keeps his real name secret as well as his country of origin, and is only willing to disclose that he is Arab. His English is polished and he speaks with a British accent.
He calls himself Abu Sattar, appears to be around 30 years old and wears a thick, black beard that reaches down to his chest. His top lip is shaved as is his head and he wears a black robe that stretches all the way to the floor. He keeps a …