Posts tagged "HOLY WAR"

Attack their Ideology

Malcolm Nance tells Rachel Maddow that the best way to defeat Al-Qaeda is to spread understanding of their doctrine throughout the Muslim world. They're a cult, says Nance, determined to radicalize Islam, not support Muslim governments and law as they exist. "Break their Muslim support," he says, by ending their manipulation of...

Daily Links October 21 2004

NYT Gets It Wrong NYT gets it wrong: David E. Sanger reports that “Mr. Bush has never answered the question of how he would react if Iraq or Afghanistan or other nations in the Middle East held free elections, and freely chose fundamentalist Islamic governments.” That contradicts this report on BBC News, from Tuesday: “Bush has said he would...

Iraq for Hire

Also new today: “Who Killed Pat Tillman?” AP just reported that the U.S. has a new plan for subduing Fallujah — hire the same guys who’ve been fighting the Marines. “A U.S. military officer privy to the negotiations said it was ‘very likely’ that the Fallujah Protective Army, which would fall under the command of the 1st Marine...

Religion News from Iraq

A daily collage of religion news from the war in Iraq. Also new today on The Revealer: Atrios & the “Liberalish” Debate; & Julia Rabig writes onPoor, Poor Clergy. Sadr v. Shrine “Sadr’s forces have evicted more than 100 rival Shiite clerics and shrine employees, replacing them with their own armed militiamen, who roam the rooftops and...

Personal Training for the Spiritually Unfit

  Into the Kill Zone by David Klinger “They must practice spiritual fitness to live the life the Army calls them to. There is no other way.” What was for former LAPD officer David Klinger a “horrifying,” “harrowing moment,” and the root of a 20-year crisis of conscience–that is, his use of deadly force while...

Political Hondurassment

  John Negroponte at the Prayer Service for the United Nations Community, 10-9-01 (Photo Orthodox Church in America) Here comes another tell-all Bush adminstration memoir: That of David Twatt, a senior diplomatic attache to Iraq. The book, They Kicked Our Asses, won’t be published until 2006 or 2007 (in fact, Twatt is yet to be appointed), but New...

Voodoo Postmortem

Revealer associate editor Kathryn Joyce writes: It’s more than an un-PC cliche. “‘Voodoo is part of Haitian politics,'” voodoo priest, Philippe Castera tells Marina Jimenez, a Toronto Globe and Mail correspondent on assignment in Haiti. “‘The National Palace is filled with the spirits of the ancestors, and the president must be introduced to those spirits and deal with them.'” Jimenez does a fine...

Hearts, Minds, Mortars

In a 2,600 word New York Times report by David Rohde on the American “Hunt… for Hearts and Minds” in Afghanistan, the role of religion gets one mention: “As watching Afghan women wailed and recited prayers, one sergeant placed the mortar round on the teenager’s back, and another held the captured rifles in the air. A soldier snapped a souvenir photo...

Which Side Are You On?

Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, leaves little room for doubt in hispaean to an Iraqi Christian pastor on The Wall Street Journal‘s opinion page. “‘We have a big vision,’ Pastor Jule says. It’s bold as well. Christian missionaries from America and Europe have found Muslim countries the hardest to evangelize. Pastor Jule, however, is working from within....

Christ of the Coup

The Revealer‘s associate editor, Kathryn Joyce, gives The Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page poor grades in theology and history: “…The Christ of oppressive Christologies really has two faces. On the one side are all the Christs of the power establishment, who do not need to fight because they already hold a position of dominance; on the other are...

Who Was Yassin?

Our press tells us the natives are restless, but it does not tell us why. It reports that Sheik Ahmed Yassin‘s “blood spattered the walls of surrounding buildings,” but it fails to speak of his soul — or the lack thereof. Yassin is dead, and his terrorist organization, Hamas (Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyya), is beheaded, but the press...

Human Weapon

“I break so many taboos when I become a suicide bomber…. I think this nihilism is very new. It’s not the number that I kill, it’s the political statement I make when I kill.” — Filmmaker Ilan Ziv, channeling the subjects of his documentary Human Weapon. Ziv visited The Revealer‘s HQ, New York University’s Center for Religion and...