Friday, November 28, 2008

Obama, Al Qaeda, Malcolm X, and the War on Terror

Al Qaeda's number 2 leader took me on a trip down memory lane in his November 19 message. That's when al-Zawahri called president-elect Obama a "house slave," he also compared Obama - unfavorably - to Malcolm X.

With Obama in the White House, and Al Qaeda's view of American culture and what pushes our buttons, I've wondered if Malcom X isn't going to have a sort of renaissance as an American cultural icon.

An online biography of Malcom X starts with "African American civil rights leader Malcolm X was a major twentieth-century spokesman for black nationalism," and discusses his commitment to 'Black Muslims,' or Lost-Found Nation of Islam. And now, apparently, 'American Muslim Mission' and 'Nation of Islam.'

I was reminded of Ayman al-Zawahri's invocation of Malcolm X, when a fellow-blogger commented on a previous post:

"kingnour said...

"I think the Somali have the right to hajik the Saudi Ship and rest of world are dumping waste in somali coastal. Ironically, the world is not talking about how the Saudi GOV flowing money in somali just to preach its ideology. This lady I think she is working with the CIA, and we should do backgraound check on her.
"November 27, 2008 1:26 AM

I was intrigued by kingnour's assertion that "rest of world are dumping waste in somali coastal." His Blogger profile identified kingnour as "nour ali," a 20-something student in a midwestern state, here America.

I'm taking the liberty of quoting his About Me entry:
August 22, 2009 - A note from this blogger

An anonymous person claiming to be "kingour" left two comments on this post. The most important assertion Anonymous made was that I might have violated Google TOS by quoting from his public online profile. This is possible, although I have found no such a restriction or rule in Google's Terms Of Service.

However, I see that I have violated my own standards, by providing enough information in this post to identify "kingnour" - and, particularly considering the irrational attitude held by some Americans toward people who aren't 'real Americans' (by their dubious standards) , I'm redacting this post.

Too bad, since "kingnour" did a find job of explaining a philosophy - and giving a look at the beliefs of a Muslim living (temporarily, it seems) in America.

A paraphrase of what "kingnour" about himself said is that he relies of meditation in Allah, reason and sound logic, love, and enthusiasm. He also had good things to say about faith, sorrow, contemplation, knowledge, patience and submission to the Divine Will. Also prayer.

Obviously, I'm leaving quite a bit out: but that's the point of this redaction.

I don't think that retaining his reading list is potentially harmful, however, so I'm retaining that.

Anonymous - assuming that this is the same person - clarified some points he'd brought up. You'll find that in the comments.

His favorite books include
  • "Nahj al-Balaghah ( Imam Ali (A.S.)Social Justice in Islam"
  • "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
  • "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East"
  • "Hegemony Or Survival: America's quest for global dominance By Noam Chomsky"

Barack Obama isn't Malcolm X

As one of the great figures of the civil rights movement, I think that Malcolm X will be mentioned quite a bit during the next few years. Mostly in comparison with President Barack Obama, and particularly since quite a few people seem convinced that the War on Terror is a matter of America declaring war on Islam.

The president-elect, despite his somewhat colorful preferences in college professors, is no Malcolm X, and - arguably - no Marxist either. Both of which will probably disappoint quite a few people: on several ends of the political spectrum.

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Anonymous said...

Hey, I saw your site listed in Urbanconservative. Would you consider subscribing/linking to my site? I appreciate it very much.

Brian H. Gill said...


I checked out The New Republican - and think I've been there before. I'm in agreement with the opening sentence of a current post ("History will be kinder perhaps to President George W. Bush after he leaves office....")

And, I appreciate what you're trying to do, as stated on the "about" page: "The New Republican is an open-minded forum, inviting students to discuss how the Republican party should 'reinvent' itself while staying true to its core values. We ask that you join us in a positive and constructive dialogue on how we can move this country forward...."

However, as far as I can see the content of your site is not focused tightly enough on the War on Terror to warrant inclusion in the Blogroll.

Too bad, because I think you've got good ideas.

So, for now, I'll settle for putting a link in this comment: The New Republican - Young Americans "reinventing" the Republican party

Anonymous said...

I don't know why you writing my quotations to your blog and I don't know what your intentions are. Is not right to post my information about me.

Anonymous said...

Is you do your research correctly, the many western companies and as well the Arab comanies are dumping waste in somali water. The Somalias have complained to U.N and the Corrupted U.N didn't take any steps. Obama polices don't attract me, but I big believer in social justice. Next time, before you post my quotations and the information about me, concern consulting with me. Seem like you made Google violations.


Brian H. Gill said...

Anonymous / KING NOUR ALI of August 12, 2009 1:34 AM

I may have violated Google TOS: and will look into it.

I will make an effort to contact you, should this matter come up again. Which is unlikely.

As to your displeasure: In your position, I'd be glad to have some additional publicity, in the form of direct and extended quotations, for my thoughts and religious beliefs.

However, all people aren't like me: which is just as well.

Brian H. Gill said...

Anonymous of August 12, 2009 1:26 AM,

As to the research: Yes, allegations have been made. Yes, western commercial interests and firms in other parts of the world which are connected with them, have done bad things.

As to the specifics of the Somali allegation: I'm not sure that this has been resolved.

Social justice? A fundamentally good idea. Unhappily, "social justice" has come to be used in a political context in somewhat the same way that "national security" was some three or four decades ago in America.

Just as "national security" as a rallying cry has lost some of its luster, I think the phrase "social justice" may become a tired and overused slogan.

The idea of justice among people: that's a good idea, and always will be.

Brian H. Gill said...

Anonymous of August 12, 2009 1:26 AM,

I'm sorry that you feel that way. However, as you decided to post information on a profile which is accessible to the general public: I will, at present, not remove the information you supplied.

My intentions are to provide an illustration of a somewhat widely-held point of view, through a specific example. In this case, what you published in your profile. (I am presuming here that Anonymous of August 12, 2009 1:26 AM is the same person whose profile I quoted)

I found the profile valuable, since it was a clear and coherent expression of the point of view.

Brian H. Gill said...

Anonymous / KING NOUR ALI,

I've redacted the extended quotation from your profile which appeared in this post, with an explanation.

Anonymous said...

His favorite books include

* "Nahj al-Balaghah ( Imam Ali (A.S.)Social Justice in Islam"
* "The Autobiography of Malcolm X"
* "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East"
* "Hegemony Or Survival: America's quest for global dominance By Noam Chomsky"

all those all my fav books, I like to read a lot. I don't take opinion from media and to be clear I am human being.

Brian H. Gill said...

Anonymous of July 20, 2010 12:54 AM,

I've found that reading can be good exercise for the mind.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.