Sunday, January 07, 2007

Al Qaeda's Ties to Non-Islamic, Militant, Anti-American Groups

An interesting article by Paolo Pontoniere titled "Al Qaeda Reaches Out to Non-Islamic Militant Groups" was penned on 11-16-01, just a month after 9-11, and lists some of the groups that have ties to Al Qaeda.

Some people write that Al Qaeda would not cooperate with secular movements or with movements espousing a different religious orientation, but that is not what the evidence shows.

Al Qaeda even has ties with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The LTTE were the first terrorists to use bombers wearing suicide vests to attack civilians in mosques, temples, and on public transportation.

Pontoniere writes:

Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda organization has already been linked to violent Islamic groups worldwide. But troubling reports from Europe link the terrorist group to a host of non-Islamic, anti-American organizations, including the continent's neo-Nazis...

Setting aside their differences, these groups -- representing diverse ideological viewpoints and religious beliefs -- seek to forge a united front to defeat what they see as a evil triumvirate poisoning the world: the United States, the consumerist West, and a Zionist lobby they say controls the whole affair...

Interpol investigators suspect that the point of contact between Al Qaeda and the European neo-Nazis is Ahmed Huber, a flamboyant former Swiss journalist, now a businessman, who converted to Islam in the 1960s. Huber, according to Rome's La Repubblica, is a member of the board of directors of Nada Management, Al Qaeda's financial arm in continental Europe. According to the Financial Times, Huber has also worked to forge ties between Islamic fundamentalists and neo-Nazi movements in Switzerland and Germany...

Al Qaeda is clearly not an ant to be stepped on and eliminated. It's more like the head of an octopus, extending its tentacles all over the world, entwining resistance movements, the disaffected and criminals wherever they may be. A simple military policy will not suffice to confront such a new, nefarious phenomenon. The Western alliance needs simultaneously to develop its military solutions and a global strategy to address the underlying problems that give rise to terrorist impulses in the first place. [Full Text]

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