Uzbekistan & Terror

by Nathan Hamm on 8/3/2004 · 5 comments

I’m probably too tired to comment much on the following articles, but I highly suggest reading all three of them together.

Tashkent Terrorists by Andrew Apostalou (Thanks Laurence and Tatyana)
Terror in Tashkent: The Islamist Threat by Ariel Cohen
Al Qaeda’s Next Generation by Sebastian Gorka

The last one isn’t really about Uzbekistan, but it comes right out of the gates making a good point.

it is becoming evident that the moniker “al-Qaeda” has been unwisely overused, adding to the potentially dangerous misrepresentation that the U.S. and its allies are facing a monolithic and unitary foe responsible for all Islamist violence on the globe.

Apostolou says that the Jihad Islamic Group (JIG, but we might as well call them Islamic Jihad, or Jamoat) is affiliated with Al Qaeda (and that it’s an IMU successor, I’m not as sure that it is or that it necessarily makes a difference). The degree to which it is or isn’t probably isn’t important. It’s the ideology, not necessarily who’s peddling it that’s the problem.

[started writing more about the Islamic Jihad brand and the new Atlantic Monthly’s cover story, but it all fell apart into meaninglessness as I am very tired]

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