Tag Archives: Islamists


The Solution to Islamist Extremism Leads to Riyadh

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 23, 2013, No Comments

The Boston bombings only underscore a reality that has been quite apparent to the Obama administration: the scourge of extremism is constantly seeping into the Internet through the so-called Saudi-trained or Wahhabi-influenced "imams" who have nothing better to do but to propagate anger and hatred toward everything Western, including democracy, Islamic moderation, the Shias, the Ahmadiyas, and even Harry Potter movies!  The international dissemination centers for Islamic extremism are located in Riyadh as well as in other major cities of Saudi Arabia.  So, a global solution for stemming the tide of extremism must initiate from Saudi Arabia, and the Obama administration has to prompt an acute campaign toward that end. (more…)

Pakistan’s Misplaced Strategic Priorities

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 5, 2011, No Comments

A recent academic study documented what the specialists on counterterrorism have known all along: poverty is not breeding extremism in that country. But tell that to the U.S. policymakers, who are convinced that it does. Pakistan's problem is that it might be the only country where extremism has systematically introduced from the top since the 1970s: from the government in the name of Islam. In that indoctrination, Islamist parties and their religious schools have played a crucial role. (more…)

Impasse-Oriented Conventional Politics Only Empowers Militants

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 2, 2009, 1 Comment

The United States never understood one feral rule of the Arab Middle East and Muslim South Asia: there is little hope left that the conventional politics will resolve the Muslim misery or problems of liberty either from domestic tyrants or from the tyranny of occupiers.  That leaves only those who despise the U.S. and all it stands for in the Middle East and South Asia to attempt to resolve things their way.  They are known as Islamists and terrorists in the West.  But they appear to be doing their utmost to destroy the status quo.  It seems that the conventional way of doing business or resolving conflict holds little promise in the aforementioned areas.  It has been happening in the occupied Palestine, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  The same types of actors appear to challenge whatever political order exists in Lebanon.  North Africa may not remain peaceful or stable for too long.  Gaza has emerged as the most recent place of acute turbulence, and a place where the militants'

Pakistan’s Gift to America: Turbulence Unlimited

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 3, 2008, No Comments

The saga of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship may best be described by the phrase "use and abandon."  That happened during the years following the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, when Pakistan eagerly became America's ally.  But when the Soviets were defeated and ousted from Afghanistan, the U.S. went home.  Pakistan was left alone to deal with the consequences of militant Jihad, which America was too happy to revive in order to defeat the communist superpower.   (more…)

A War Looking for A Winning Strategy

by Ehsan Ahrari on September 30, 2008, No Comments

Assuming that General David Petraeus, the new Combat Commander of CENTO, was victorious over al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), the question of the hour is whether he can replicate that success in Afghanistan.  However, before answering that question, it should be clearly understood that, despite a marked reduction in violence in the  Sunni-dominated region of Iraq, no one can state with any amount of certainty that the United States has really won its campaign against AQI-dominated terror.    (more…)

The “End” or The “Return” of History: When Will History Make Up Its Mind?

by Ehsan Ahrari on August 26, 2008, 2 Comments

There is something imprudent about strategic thinkers when it comes to history.  For some reason, for some of them, it has to come to an end when an idea experiences a temporary–but significant–success.  But when that idea appears to fail, they make an equally rash extrapolation, and start talking about the "return" of history.  Francis Fukuyama became ebullient regarding the "end" of history when the Soviet Union–the archetype of communist totalitarianism–collapsed.  For him, the triumph of liberal democracy in a dialectical sense was an end of history, where no idea emerged as a superior one.  Robert Kagan, in his new book, The Return of History and the End of Dreams, argues that history did not come to end when the Soviet Union imploded or when the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989.  The triumph of liberal democracy–which then appeared as a shining example of success–proved illusory.  In this sense, he sees a "return" of history.  The end of dreams might be another h

Neo-Con Rudux?

by Ehsan Ahrari on February 26, 2008, 4 Comments

One of the hottest topics of discussion in the United States strategic community is that the neo-conservatives have launched a campaign of "redemption". For now, the person most active is Douglas Feith, who served as under secretary of defense for policy under former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Feith has written a book, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism, and is using the opportunity of its promotion to push the neo-con line. He even appeared on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show , one of the US's most popular shows that specializes in spoofing daily news. (more…)