Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam

Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam

Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam

Dollars for Terror: The United States and Islam

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A specter haunts the world — the specter of religious fanaticism. Against a backdrop of economic and social woes, theocratic ideologies have declared a cold war on the democracies. Fanatical Christian, Jewish and Muslim cults are proliferating, along with related associations and criminal organizations. Those endowed with faith have a common goal: to end the separation of the Church and State, politics and religion, belief and citizenship. They have a horror of the Republican exception. In the name of “the dialogue between cultures” or “the right to be different,” these fanatical movements favor the community over the subject and they preach ideologies of non-integration. The Islamists have become masters in this art of manipulation. In the Arab-Muslim world, and elsewhere, they are seeking to found a new apartheid between believers and nonbelievers; and their totalitarian ideology is sowing death. On February 13, 1994, my friend Ali S. was killed in a small city in western Algeria. An Islamist organization claimed responsibility for his assassination. His wife and three little daughters still live in Algeria. A printer, an intellectual Arabist and a French-speaker, my friend was profoundly Muslim but was savagely opposed to the Islamists, who are “mutilating their religion and betraying their country,” as he used to tell anyone who would listen. I began this investigation to try to understand this unjust and absurd death. In Geneva, I

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