“You may not be in a religious war with me, but I’m in a religious war with you”

“You may not be in a religious war with me, but I’m in a religious war with you”, by Andrew Harrod.

Former CIA interrogator James Mitchell … concurred that Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, considered the leading technical genius behind [Al Qaeda’s] devastating September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, was “devil and diva,” whom Mitchell and other interrogators called “muq” after the Arabic word for brain, muqtar. …

Mitchell saw in Khalid Sheikh Mohammad how “these Islamists, who want to destroy our way of life, have a set of beliefs that make them incredibly dangerous.” For Islamists, “how we’re supposed to live was established 1,400 years ago in the Koran and in the perfect words and deeds” of Islam’s prophet Muhammad. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad considered Islam a “religion of peace. The world will be at peace when sharia law is imposed on the whole world.” …

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Abu Zubaydah

Mitchell’s interrogations of another captured AQ jihadist, Abu Zubaydah, revealed that “Al Qaeda dreams of bringing down America with catastrophic attacks, but that’s not particularly practical.” For him, the “real way to bring down America was with low-tech, ‘lone-wolf’ attacks because the target is not our military capabilities. It’s not our buildings. It’s not our roads. It’s the minds of the Americans.” “We don’t have to defeat you. We only have to persist long enough for you to defeat yourself.” …

Jihadists like Abu Zubaydah explained to Mitchell how they intended to exploit the nature of free societies against them. Abu Zubaydah “told us that our civil liberties, our willingness to be tolerant of other people, our openness, those were all flaws that Allah had put into our character to ensure that Islamists could win.”

Seems to be working so far.

hat-tip Stephen Neil