Osama Bin Laden’s lethal legacy continues into the second decade of the 9/11 attacks. Like a hydra, terrorist cells sprout in various corners of the world, promoting their hate-filled agenda and its deadly consequences for unsuspecting victims. The strategies of the terrorists have changed considerably, but their goal remains the same---to replace pluralism, democracy, and peaceful coexistence -- with intolerance, demagoguery and violence.
Muslim citizens of the West face unique challenges to overcome these invidious trends among a sizable minority of their coreligionists. While the West has formulated policies to fight the ever-present terrorist menace, the Muslim world has yet to produce a unified, thoughtful and sincere response to the threat. The result is an ever-growing cadre of young recruits to the cause of global jihad and its lethal corollary, terror.
One would have hoped for a clear repudiation of militant jihad from moderate Muslims. Sadly though, Muslim reaction to 9/11 and ensuing terrorist activity has been one of confusion, indifference and in some cases acquiescence, and even collusion. The underlying reasons for this apathy and inconsideration are manifold. One can only mention a few salient trends among the hostile legions of Islamist apologists of jihadism and terrorism.
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