A Jewish man was riding on the subway, reading an Arab newspaper. A friend of his, who happened to be riding in the same subway car, noticed this strange phenomenon. Very upset, he approached the newspaper reader. “Moshe, have you lost your mind? Why are you reading an Arab newspaper?” Moshe replied, “I used to read the Jewish newspaper, but what did I find there? We Hebrews being persecuted, Israel being attacked, our race disappearing through intermarriage, and Jews living in poverty. So I switched to the Arab newspaper. Now what do I find? Jews own all the banks, Jews control the media, Jews are all rich and powerful, Jews rule the world. The news is so much better!” In today’s Arab world, the talk is not presently about the Jews but about the Jihadists; in particular, the war between ISIS and Al-Qaeda for supremacy of the global terrorism movement. Let me explain. In the 1950s there arose a political activist in Egypt, named Sayyid Outb. He was one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and summarized their philosophy as follows:
“Allah is our God; a caliphate is our objective, the Koran is our constitution; the Prophet is our leader;
jihad is our way; and martyrdom is our wish.”
Two of his most ardent followers were young men by the names of Osama bin Laden and Abu al-Zarqawi. Osama was an educated man from the rich side of town. Abu was an uneducated man from the poor side of town. These men would go on to become the founders of the two most famous Islamic terrorist organization today: Al Qaeda (by bin Laden) and ISIS (by al Zarqawi). But from their earliest days as trainees, they would have fierce debates as to how best to use terrorism to bring about an Islamic theocracy in the Middle East.
Osama was for first attacking the infidels outside of the Middle East (i.e. America), Abu was for first attacking the infidels inside the Middle East (i.e. Christians).
Osama was for providing funds and training within a nation to slowly but surely take over as rulers, Abu was for raising an army and taking them over right now.
Osama was for a media war where justifications were given for attacks, Abu was for shock and awe where things like beheadings said get out of our way or else.
Osama, with his money and intelligence, was first off the terrorist mark with Al Qaeda in 1988. And Abu, without the same smarts and cash, settled for now, with serving within bin Laden’s organization. But after a series of terrorist attacks, culminating in the infamous 9/11, bin Laden went into hiding and Al Qaeda went on the defensive. This created the vacuum for al-Zarqawi to make his move. And so in 2006, ISIS was created. Osama bin Laden was furious and demanded ISIS disband, but Abu al-Zarqawi refused. The split that had been festering in private for years was now out in full public view. And so today, both organizations are in a fierce and bitter competition with each other for terrorism donations and terrorist recruits. But ISIS, with its emphasis on the now, has appealed to the younger generation and is winning in both dollars and soldiers. Even the Taliban has begun to feel the ISIS pinch.
The bottom line? Israel gets a temporary break from terrorism as its enemies must first do the jihad jostle.