The driving force is the mentality of reinstating supremacy of the faith over the ''infidels.'' This is the mindset that leads to what are rampant replicated versions of 'Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.' How does an educated mind turn into a killing machine?
There is a reason why even the most liberal will be the most hardened ideologue. Silent majority doesn't mind supremacy of Islam and regaining of the paradise lost of the Caliphate where Islam reigned supreme. To achieve that goal once again, elimination of all 'dissent' and destruction of 'Amerika' is the "raison d'etre" of a new wave of this 'Jihadist' mindset; these 'Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev' are not an anomaly, they are foot soldiers who act as 'tinder' to start colossal fires, as if 911 was not big enough a damage to the nation of Islam. This is 'fitna.'
Might and subjugation was an integral part of previous ideological conquests. In an environment where state craft has become part and parcel of the new world, the lone wolves radicals Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are sold a dream of nirvana where 'great Islamic conquests' of great military commanders like Tariq Bin Ziad and Salahuddin Ayubi may be reincarnated and recommenced. 'They' think under a mighty vanquisher may accomplish the 'dominance' that Islam is missing today. This is the rage of impotence, and no one has suffered from this more than the billion converts and the desert nomads who took over the world in wave of conquests and practically conquered the entire cradle of civilisation; let's not mince any words on that. Nothing can be resolved peacefully hence bloodshed is a convenient tool of 'political Islam' statecraft.
The rank and file instead of drawing moral equivalences of these sickening acts, should detach from all this butchery and denounce it clearly and utter loudly ''Not In Our Name Please.'' Islam needs to be detached from this madness. It is in your hand! There are no 'horseback invasions' possible and this ambivalence of behaviour is obliterating your future generations with unfounded dreams of reinstituting grandiosity of a greatness that was one there.
''If you choose to adopt western values and civilization, your minds need to change; you cannot live with archaic 1400 years-old principles and enjoy the freedom that internet and global connectivity offers. The mixing of culture and minds is oneness of mankind; we cannot have tribalism and botulism as the cornerstone in an age of micro-processors. This is the age of knowledge; you either are a part of the system or a defunct Stone Age man i.e. the Talibani, or the man in Qom, who has destroyed the fabric of the society by taking Iran back by 200 years in less than 40 years of revolution. It is not an incident that it is freedom that innovates and ideological fixation that degenerates. Hence 1.2 billion of faithful at the lowest rung of Human Development is not an accident of nature but the result of mass hypocrisy that has all but shut the avenues of renaissance within nations of the crescent.''
Iqbal Latif in 'Why political Islam is caught in the maze of one step forward two steps back!'
I would recommend Professor Karsh's Islamic Imperialism: A History ; it is very significant treatise to comprehend the underlying code of 'vendettas' currently being unveiled in the 'wayward heads' of political Islam adherents. The hallucinated dreams of Islam reigning supreme pilfer and nick upon their humane composition sorrowfully.
The wish to repair Islam's past medieval regal glories and convert the world permeate the approach of a substantial portion/segment of the Muslims. Prophet of Islam Muhammad himself shaped the contemporary political Islam when he said "to strive for a new universal order in which the whole of humanity would embrace Islam or live under its domination." Prophet's dream was realised after his death with the growth of Islamic power from Arabia into North Africa, Turkey, Spain and Central Asia under ensuing Caliphs of Umayyads, the Abbasids and the Ottomans.
The customary hypothesis that Western Colonialism created the grave plague of Islamic fanaticism stretching from Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indonesia is flawed. The principal origin of Islamic radicalism is not merely a reaction to the Western prying in their nations affairs but rather a profound and ingrained craving in the predetermined Islamic belief to expand Islamic authority throughout the world. "Arabs and Muslims unabashedly dream for the restoration of Spain" under Muslim control even though Spain has been lost to the Islamic world for centuries since the Fall of Granada in 1492. Osama bin Laden himself lamentably referred to "the tragedy of Andalusia" after the September 11, 2001 attacks as if to suggest that Muslims were still the legitimate and equitable owners of Spain rather than measly invading occupiers. Same is the feeling of Lashker-e- Tyaaba and TTP vis a vis Hindustan in Pakistan. The desire of unfurling the Mughal flag on the Red Fort has never died in the hearts of the faithful.
This yearning to widen Islam's global reach and rebuild a global Islamic caliphate under Muslim rule helps to explain 9/11. September 11 was a reaction to the essential veracity that America's place as a great power essentially shelves all " Islamic aspirations of global supremacy.'' Muslims such as Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are vigorous contestants on the large-scale stage not as toothless foot soldiers, rather one strain run common in all Islamic fundamentalist movements from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and TTP; the wish to fashion a broad based Muslim caliphate. Conventional Muslim beliefs and perceptions are underlying cause of an underlying anger and rage, rage of inability to control vast swathes of the lands of infidels.
It is ' fantasizing hallucinated ideologues' who crave ideological idealism with killing as a past time; as they have no direction in life. The most dangerous aspect of this kind of terror is that it has become a kind of sacrosanct ridiculousness. Killing for the sake of ideology is now elevated to a new level of these lone wolves who find solace in their self conviction that they are standing up for the usurped rights of 1.4 billion faithful. Nothing does more dame to destroy the cause of these struggling poverty stricken Muslim communities. Extremism leads to illness of mind; it has emerged that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was thrown out of the mosque of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center nearly three months ago. He was incensed that Imam had made a reference to Martin Luther King Jr. as an example of a man to imitate. Incensed, Tamerlan shouted at the Imam and said “You cannot mention this guy because he’s not a Muslim!” “He’s crazy to me,” a worshipper recalls. “He had an anger inside.I can’t explain what was in his mind.” Tamerlan was kicked out of the prayer service for his outbreak.
This all starts with inequitable reactions and ambivalent approach to the acts when '' icons of political Islam take planes into living cities'' there is no reason to legitimise the act or worry about the consequences that 'your' children face. It is this sad tragedy of mindsets that your children, despite being educated, can still become human terminators by foolishly trying to blow up Times Square with fire crackers. How foolish can a MBA holder get? What raison d’être could anyone argue on this sad state of minds. In this day and age overlook what OBL openly declared "Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us."
When an act is committed in the name of political symbolism and 'emancipation of a oppressed nation' and it is then presented as a fatwa (1996 and 1998) and no one from Alazhar to Deoband and Qom condemns it and dissociate itself from its religious connotations , such a document constructs the basis of terror legitimised by religion; unreservedly without condemnation and dissociation it becomes a clarion call of the people who practice ambivalence and silence of lamb is the killer cancer within body politics of radicalised pockets of Islamic societies.'' Envy hardened ideologues who condoned this killing milieu originally later changed their outlook but the trouncing has been considerable.
"Every drop of blood that was shed or is being shed in Afghanistan and Iraq is the responsibility of bin Laden and Zawahiri and their followers," writes Dr Fadl. He thinks 9/11 "a catastrophe for Muslims," because Al Qaeda's actions "caused the death of tens of thousands of Muslims—Arabs, Afghans, Pakistanis and others." This is no less a person but 'Sayyid Imam al-Sharif,' aka Dr Fadl, the person who helped bin Laden create al-Qaeda. Fadl is reported to be one of the first members of Al Qaeda's top council. Sharif, a surgeon who is still known by his underground name of "Dr Fadl", is famous as the author of the Salafi jihadists' "bible" - Foundations of Preparation for Holy War.
There is, and was, no sympathy towards Western philosophy, according to the extremists. Islam promises its one billion plus faithful the rule of the world, and what they have discovered is that they are at the bottom most wrung of the ladder as a result of their own failure. The rage of impotence craving to manage the human race through the 'will of Allah' is what propels hatred within the fringe elements. It is dreams of rediscovering the history of Islam's golden age and the re-conquest of the world, like old Spain, that propels many lunatics to impose the 'will of Allah' on the unwilling. This is not about terror, rather this is about imposing a way of life through a 'regime of terror'. Appeasement only makes their work easier.
"When falls on man the anger of the gods, first from his mind they banish understanding." Lycurgus