Magazine article New Internationalist

Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks

Magazine article New Internationalist

Modern Jihad: Tracing the Dollars Behind the Terror Networks

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by Loretta Napoleoni (Pluto Press ISBN 0 7453 2117 8)

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The widespread phenomenon of Islamist terror groups and suicide bombers that comprise the Modern Jihad is largely a mess of our own making. The anti-Soviet Jihad in Afghanistan in the 1980s that was masterminded by the US is still having repercussions today. The subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union brought poverty and a political vacuum which provided a ripe recruiting ground for Islamists as veterans of the Afghan jihad have moved from one conflict to the next.

In parallel, the West's oil-led foreign policy has stripped people of control over their natural resources, impoverishing them while buoying up deeply undemocratic and unrepresentative regimes. Through its short-term manipulation of Islamist groups the US has created a monster which is now turning on its creator. …

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