Big surprise here: European Muslims are journeying to Iraq for jihad. There has been abundant evidence since last winter that radical Muslims have viewed Iraq as a global arena for jihad, and calls for Muslims to go there to fight have come from imams all over the globe, as I detail in Onward Muslim Soldiers.
But only now, “in interviews with The Associated Press, some European experts said they have evidence that young militants are being drawn to the struggle.” A “German security official” is quoted: “Since the end of the war, there has been a large movement of people motivated by Islamic extremism from Germany and the rest of Europe toward Iraq. . . . They’re people who want to fight a jihad (holy war).”
Hmm. I thought this struggle had nothing to do with religion. And don’t they know that jihad is not a holy war, but a spiritual struggle, or, as an acute observer put it today, “to struggle in any aspect of life, such as raising a family or paying the bills”?