The Resource A hundred Osamas : Islamist threats and the future of counterinsurgency, Sherifa Zuhur

A hundred Osamas : Islamist threats and the future of counterinsurgency, Sherifa Zuhur

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A hundred Osamas : Islamist threats and the future of counterinsurgency
Title
A hundred Osamas
Title remainder
Islamist threats and the future of counterinsurgency
Statement of responsibility
Sherifa Zuhur
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
If America's pursuit of a Global War on Terror is strategically and politically well-grounded, then why are Islamist insurgencies and extremist movements continuing to operate, generating parallel cells that terrify the world with violent attacks from Iraq to London? While analysts debate the intensity and longevity of the latest round of terrorist attacks, we would do well to consider whether U.S. long-term goals in the war on terror -- namely diminishing their presence and denying terrorists the ability to operate, while also altering conditions that terrorists exploit -- are being met. If we are not pursuing the proper strategy or its implementation is not decreasing support for terrorists, then we should adapt accordingly. This monograph addresses these questions and examines the efficacy of proposed or operative strategies in light of the evolution of Islamist jihadist leaders, ideas, and foot-soldier. Jihadist strategy has emerged in a polymorphous pattern over the last 30 years, but many Americans only became aware of the intensity of this problem post-September 11, 2001 (9/11), and through observation of the 2003-05 insurgency in Iraq. The author proposes that extremist (jihadist) Islamist groups are not identical to any other terrorist group. Islamist discourse, and extremist discourse within it, must be clearly understood. Given the fiscal challenges of the Global War on Terror, the fact that its coordination may be at odds with great power competition, and certainly contests the interests of smaller states (like Iran), why are we aiming at eradication, rather than containment, and is eradication possible? Differentiating the "true Islam" from the false and destructive aims of such groups is an important response. Each region-based administration has so crafted its anti-terrorist rhetoric, and Muslims, in general, are not willing to view their religion as a destructive, anachronistic entity, so this unfortunately difficult task of ideological differentiation is an acceptable theme. But it is insufficient as a strategy because Islamist insurgencies have arisen in the context of a much broader, polychromatic religious and political "Islamic awakening" that shows no signs of receding. That broader movement informs Muslims sentiment today from Indonesia to Mauritania, and Nigeria to London. Official statements will not diminish recruitment; deeds, not words, are needed. Finally, eradication may be impossible, but containment is philosophically unattractive. A combination of eradication (denial) and co-optation, as we have seen in the Muslim world thus far, probably makes sense. Certain assumptions that underlie U.S. strategies of denying and diminishing the terrorism of Islamist extremists therefore need to be reconsidered
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SNM
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Zuhur, Sherifa
Government publication
federal national government publication
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Army War College (U.S.)
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  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Insurgency
  • Terrorism
  • Islam and state
  • Radicalism
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A hundred Osamas : Islamist threats and the future of counterinsurgency, Sherifa Zuhur
Link
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS68495
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Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed February 7, 2006)
  • "December 2005."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-76)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17390061
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
vii, 76 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mode of access: Internet from the SSI web site. Address as of 4/6/06: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdff iles/PUB636.pdf; current access available via PURL
Label
A hundred Osamas : Islamist threats and the future of counterinsurgency, Sherifa Zuhur
Link
http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS68495
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed February 7, 2006)
  • "December 2005."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 67-76)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
17390061
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
vii, 76 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mode of access: Internet from the SSI web site. Address as of 4/6/06: http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdff iles/PUB636.pdf; current access available via PURL

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