This is not a new theme. In Milestones, written in the 1960s, the renowned jihad theorist and popularizer Sayyid Qutb recommended Islamic law as the viable alternative to what he termed the failed ideologies of capitalism and Communism. Here, then, is yet another aspect of the jihadists’ ideological appeal that is going unanswered by the West, because Western officials are constrained to pretend that Islam contains no political program in the first place.
“Terrorism: ‘New Al-Qaeda video’ targets Germany,” from AKI, February 26 :
Dubai, 26 Feb. (Aki) – A new video purportedly from Al-Qaeda criticises the German government for squandering taxpayers’ money on troops stationed in Afghanistan. The video, which has been posted to jihadist websites, urges Germany to renounce capitalism and embrace Islam to escape economic recession.
The video shows a still image of a German citizen turned Al-Qaeda and Taliban fighter in Afghanistan, who calls himself Abu Talha. He delivers a 44-minute message in German with Arabic subtitles.
“Where are the German philosophers and economists, now that economic crisis besets us?” Abu Talha asks in the message.
“And what has happened to all the taxpayers’ money? Much of it has been spent on keeping our soldiers here in Afghanistan,” the message continues.
Abu Taba talks at length about Islamic finance and its prohibition of interest (‘ribah’ in Arabic), a central concept of western capitalism.
“After the end of communism, everyone in Germany believed that capitalism was the answer. But what I am saying to you is that Islam is the only way to escape from the economic crisis,” he says….