JIHADISM AND THE WAR OF IDEAS

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John Lenc­zowski, a White House National Se­cu­rity Coun­cil of­fi­cial dur­ing the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion, is urg­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment to wage ide­o­log­i­cal war against Is­lamic ter­ror­ism and po­lit­i­cal jihadism.

“We have spent tril­lions in this coun­try fight­ing Is­lamist ter­ror­ism as if it is a mil­i­tary prob­lem,” Mr. Lenc­zowski, pres­i­dent of The In­sti­tute of World Pol­i­tics, told the Se­nate Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee on June 14.

“This is like try­ing to erad­i­cate mosquitoes by invit­ing your friends for a gar­den party, arm­ing them with shot­guns and shoot­ing mosquitoes all af­ter­noon. You’ll get a few.”

The prob­lem is that ji­hadist ide­ol­ogy pro­duces more ter­ror­ists ded­i­cated to es­tab­lish­ing a to­tal­i­tar­ian caliphate world­wide.

“This is not a mil­i­tary prob­lem — it is a po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda, ide­o­log­i­cal, cul­tural and re­li­gious doc­trine prob­lem,” he said.

The an­swer is to wage a “war of ideas,” but the U.S. gov­ern­ment lacks ide­o­log­i­cal war­riors in the fight, Mr. Lenc­zowski said.

Ji­hadis are mi­grat­ing to non-Mus­lim lands and creat­ing sep­a­ratist en­claves under an­tidemo­cratic Shariah law, with the ul­ti­mate goal of po­lit­i­cal de­mo­graphic con­quest.

“Mod­ern to­tal­i­tar­ian Is­lamism, which in­cor­po­rates Marx­ist-Lenin­ist po­lit­i­cal strat­egy, forms the ba­sis of the re­cruit­ment of new ji­hadists, both ter­ror­ists and re­set­tle­ment ji­hadists,” Mr. Lenc­zowski said.

“De­feat­ing this ide­ol­ogy re­quires an ide­o­log­i­cal coun­ter­at­tack based on su­pe­rior moral pre­cepts,” he said. “Above all, this re­quires telling the truth and end­ing self-cen­sor­ship about rad­i­cal Is­lamism and an in­for­ma­tion cam­paign ex­pos­ing the ide­ol­ogy, ex­pos­ing ji­hadists’ strat­egy, Shariah and the crimes of rad­i­cal Is­lamist regimes.”

To bet­ter deal with the prob­lem, the gov­ern­ment should cre­ate a new pub­lic diplo­macy of­fice within the State De­part­ment, Mr. Lenc­zowski said.

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