Saturday, September 16, 2006

Assessing the Islamist Threat, Circa 1946

A precient analysis of the threat from Islam, prepared by the intelligence division of the U.S. War Department in 1946 and available at The Middle Eastern Forum - Assessing the Islamist Threat, Circa 1946 :
The Moslems remember the power with which once they not only ruled their own domains but also overpowered half of Europe, yet they are painfully aware of their present economic, cultural, and military impoverishment. Thus a terrific internal pressure is building up in their collective thinking. The Moslems intend, by any means possible, to regain political independence and to reap the profits of their own resources, which in recent times and up to the present have been surrendered to the exploitation of foreigners who could provide capital investments. The area, in short, has an inferiority complex, and its activities are thus as unpredictable as those of any individual so motivated.