Saturday, January 09, 2010

"We are jihadists, and jihad is not terrorism"

In what I believe is an important case to watch and think about, 5 Americans were detained in Pakistan and will likely face life sentences on terrorism charges. They may also face conspiracy charges in the US.

These five American Muslim men intended to enter Afghanistan "to help their Muslim brothers who are in trouble, who are bleeding and who are being victimized by Western forces." They have no ties to the boogey man Al Qaeda nor did they intend to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan.
This is significant because these men are Americans who decided they could not stand idly by as the US brutally occupies Afghanistan. It is reminiscent of calls in the early 70's of American radicals to join the war against imperialism already in progress.

"We are not terrorists," one of the five men, Ramy Zamzam told the press.


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