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The Wages of Extremism Alex Alexiev

The Wages of Extremism

Alex Alexiev

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It is the starting premise of this study that the United States government’s focus on what came to be known as the “war on terror” after 9/11 has been fundamentally wrong. The main enemy is not “terror.” Nor is it al-Qaeda, despite President Obama’sMoreIt is the starting premise of this study that the United States government’s focus on what came to be known as the “war on terror” after 9/11 has been fundamentally wrong. The main enemy is not “terror.” Nor is it al-Qaeda, despite President Obama’s assertion in January 2010 after the failed Christmas Day bombing attempt that “we are at war against al-Qaeda, a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.” The main enemy is radical Islamist ideology or Islamism. A change of emphasis would allow us to see clearly that defeating this enemy cannot be accomplished by counterterror strategies and kinetic means alone, but requires a sophisticated strategy to defeat the ideology of Islamism by delegitimizing it in the eyes of its current and potential supporters in the Muslim community. The essential prerequisite to achieving this objective is to understand the nature of the threat presented by radical Islam, its ideological underpinnings, and its strengths and weaknesses.