A "special" issue of the English-language jihadi cyber journal Jihad Recollections, the fourth issue overall (Jihad Recollections #4, no. 4), was released today. Although I do not have time today to blog in depth about it, I thought that I should highlight its contents.
In the introduction, the editors explain why they have decided to publish a "special" issue:
"As many of you may have picked up, this issue appears different from the ones before. This issue will actually be a special dedication to 9/11. Many of you may have also noticed the harsh words Shaykh Usama had for America on the cover; would a man say such a thing to anger more Muslims or due to taking revenge upon America on behalf of the dead Islamic world? It takes a lot of thinking and self-reflection to look beyond the physical damage on that day in order to see the actual results of the attack and the revival in the Islamic world that has been created due to it. When Muslims hear of 9/11, they either stop to say ‘it was a conspiracy against Islam and the Muslims’, or say, ‘over 3,000 innocents were killed that day’. This is where the majority of Muslims stand. It is only a few of them that can actually look through the rubbles and single out the ripe fruits. It is quite difficult to do such a thing when you don’t have a place to start, a launching pad of some sort. We have thus dedicated this issue to become that launching pad for all Muslims. In this dark and deceptive world which the neo-Crusaders and Zionists attempt to define for us, it is easy to be strayed into their interpretation of events, especially on an issue which is as fragile as 9/11. It is important to note that Muslims did indeed die on that day, but they were in no way targeted as they were working in the towers which stood as the Economic pride of the modern day neo-Crusaders. Muslims must differentiate between what the original target was along with its intention and those who happened to be there at that moment. It was not an attack on humanity but an attack on the symbols of the new world order that seeks to control the Muslims from within as well as from its external forces. The planes attacking New York and Washington then resulted in setting free the slavery mindset from the Muslims who were lost in the world of confusion. You, as an individual, stared on that day at the Might and Glory of America crumbling. You would have never thought on that day that hundreds of thousands of Muslims would flock to the victory of Islam years later, taking a part in bringing back our Might and Glory, which is only for God alone. On that day, you would have never thought that America, her allies, and the dictatorships in the Muslim world would be exposed for their clear hatred of Islam in its unadulterated form. You stood and watched as the world stood and watched. We all saw together the beginning of America’s demise and the rise of Islam’s head. Eight years later, you witness that the numbers in the Islamic uprising against global infidelity has surpassed everyone’s expectations. The global movement has supporters and sympathizers of all types ranging from the business-wearing merchants to the impoverished that have put their trust in God. Here, we present to you a collection of works from our writers and thinkers as well as from a range of scholastic journalists on the subject of 9/11. We hope to continue this tradition every year, serving as a reminder that not everything you see and hear is what it appears."
Their main claim, however, is demonstrably false: Eight years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the vast majority of the world's Muslims have not flocked to the banner of al-Qa'ida "Central" (AQC) and its allies and affiliates. Indeed, they have rejected AQC's calls to join its "jihad." Although AQC and other like-minded groups continue to operate in theaters across the globe, they have not succeeded in inspiring a global wave of support, either active or tacit.
The "special" issue includes both articles written by contributors and selections from U.S. journalists and policy experts, including journalist Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower, and former counter-terrorism official Michael Scheuer. There are also groups of quotes, a style featured in previous issues of the journal. They also republish part of 'Abdel Bari Atwan's excellent book, The Secret History of al-Qaeda (sic). He is the editor-in-chief of the Arabic language daily newspaper al-Quds al-'Arabi and has interviewed bin Laden in the past. As in previous issues, advertisements for AQC and other transnational jihadi videos, such as Knowledge for Action: The Manhattan Raid and The Power of Truth, are also included.
Perhaps the most sophisticated article is by Umm Ameenah: "Is 9/11 Directly Responsible for the US and Global Financial Crisis?" She concludes:
"In summary, the crisis can be attributed to a number of factors pervasive in both housing and credit markets, factors which emerged over a number of years. Causes proposed include the inability of homeowners to make their mortgage repayments, due primarily to adjustable rate mortgages resetting, borrowers overextending, predatory lending (the practice of unscrupulous lenders), speculation and overbuilding during the boom period, risky mortgage products, high personal and corporate debt levels, financial products that distributed and perhaps concealed the risk of mortgage default, monetary policy (a series of interest rate cut), international trade imbalances, and government regulation (or the lack thereof ).In summary, the crisis can be attributed to a number of factors pervasive in both housing and credit markets, factors which emerged over a number of years. Causes proposed include the inability of homeowners to make their mortgage repayments, due primarily to adjustable rate mortgages resetting, borrowers overextending, predatory lending (the practice of unscrupulous lenders), speculation and overbuilding during the boom period, risky mortgage products, high personal and corporate debt levels, financial products that distributed and perhaps concealed the risk of mortgage default,
monetary policy (a series of interest rate cut), international trade imbalances, and government
regulation (or the lack thereof )."
Read Umm Ameenah's analysis.
The "special" issue was completed recently, judging from the inclusion of an advertisement for a less-than-week-old video from al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), "Battle of Marib," which documents a battle between AQAP fighters and the Yemeni army in a town about three hours east of the capital city of San'a.
The issue closes with an article highlighting the biographies of the September 11 hijackers.
The Men Behind 9 11
Read "The Men of 9/11".
Read the entire "special" issue.