Ide­o­log­i­cal war

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The U.S. gov­ern­ment needs to de­velop a coun­teride­ol­ogy to Is­lamic ex­trem­ism as part of its mul­ti­fac­eted global war on ter­ror­ism, ac­cord­ing to a for­mer U.S. coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cial.

An ag­gres­sive ide­o­log­i­cal war on Is­lamic ex­trem­ism should com­ple­ment mil­i­tary, diplo­matic and eco­nomic mea­sures, but ide­ol­ogy has been ne­glected by the U.S. gov­ern­ment, writes William Gawthrop in the cur­rent is­sue of the Van­guard, the jour­nal of the Mil­i­tary Intelligence Corps As­so­ci­a­tion.

Specif­i­cally,Mr.Gawthrop,whose views in the ar­ti­cle are his own and not those of any U.S. gov­ern­ment agency, said the U.S. mil­i­tary needs first to study the warfight­ing meth­ods of Is­lam’s cen­tral fig­ure, some­thing it has not done to date.

“Mo­ham­mad, both in his ca- pac­ity as a mil­i­tary and re­li­gious leader, es­tab­lished a strate­gic ob­jec­tive of po­lit­i­cal (as well as re­li­gious) im­perium and he left be­hind a rudi­men­tary warfight­ing doc­trine ar­tic­u­lated in the Ko­ran, elab­o­rated on in the Had­diths, cod­i­fied in Is­lamic Law and re­in­forced by cur­rent in­ter­pre­ta­tions in the mod­ern era,” Mr. Gawthrop said.

“As late as early 2006, the se­nior ser­vice col­leges of the De­part­ment ofDe­fense­had­not­in­cor­po­rate­d­into their­cur­ricu­lumasys­tem­at­ic­study of Mo­ham­mad as a mil­i­tary or po­lit­i­cal leader. As a con­se­quence, we still do not have an in-depth un­der­stand­ing of the war fight­ing doc­trinelaid­down­byMo­hammed,how it might be ap­plied to­day by an in­creas­ingnum­berofIs­lam­ic­groups, or how it might be coun­tered.”

Mr.Gawthrop­calls­forde­vel­op­ing an ide­o­log­i­cal counter to Is­lamic ex­trem­ism and for the United States, mod­er­ateMus­lim­gov­ern­mentsand the non-Mus­lim world to wage ide­o­log­i­cal war on the ex­trem­ists.

“Presently the ad­ver­sary has the up­per­hand­i­nusin­ga­glob­al­net­work of in­for­ma­tion out­lets ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ingIs­lam­ic­theme­spen­e­trat­ing oth­er­wise in­ac­ces­si­ble re­cesses of the Is­lamic com­mu­nity,” he said.

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