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“I am not American,” said the Islamist; “I am Muslim” by Majid Rafizadeh (Gatestone Inst.)

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Dec. 2, 2017

  • For Islamists, non-Muslim land is different from Muslim land. Many can never identify themselves with a Western land — or with a flag or nationality — even though they may have been born in that land and their families may have lived there for generations.
  • When people are brainwashed not to identify themselves with a flag and a nationality, it disrupts the human connections and communications that need to take place within communities. It pits the indoctrinated person against the entire society and his own countrymen, and develops an “us versus them” mentality.
  • This view brings with it a wish for waging jihad against one’s birth country. It creates the priority — if the country attacking it is ruled by shari’ah — of joining the enemy to fight against one’s birth country.

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