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Academics: Muslim terrorists simply misunderstood.


Academics: Muslim terrorists simply misunderstood.

A taxpayer-funded study released this week declares that Muslim terrorists are generally misunderstood, don’t want to force their religion on the world and only kill people to protect themselves from victimization by enemies of Islam.

A 14-page document, titled, “How Islamist Extremists Quote the Quran,” explains the study’s analysis of 2,000 instances of propaganda from al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups from 1998 to 2011:

We conclude that verses extremists cite from the Qur’an do not suggest an offensive foe seeking domination and conquest of unbelievers, as is commonly assumed. Instead they deal with themes of victimization, dishonor, and retribution. …

Based on this analysis we recommend that the West abandon claims that Islamist extremists seek world domination, focus on counteracting or addressing claims of victimage, emphasize alternative means of deliverance, and work to undermine “champion” image sought by extremists.

Arizona State University’s Center for Strategic Communication conducted the study, which was funded by a grant from the Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research.

“The highly regarded academics operate a special center dedicated to studying the role of communication in combating terrorism, promoting national security and successfully engaging in public diplomacy worldwide,” explained Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates government corruption and fights to bring to justice those involved. “To fulfill this mission, the center gets big bucks from the U.S. government.”

According to Judicial Watch, the same group received a $6.1 million grant from the Department of Defense for a neurophysiological study involving narrative comprehension and persuasion. However, this assignment is a six-year, $4.5 million study on Islamist extremists’ use of narrative to influence contested populations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, North Africa and Europe.

The latest report notes: “The verses frequently utilized by extremists” focus on themes such as “enduring hardships and the importance of fighting against the unjust unbelievers who oppress men, women and children.”

One example of an extremist statement included in the report is the following:

America knows only the language of force as the only way for putting a stop to it and making it take its hands off Muslims and their causes. America does not know the language of dialogue, or that of peaceful coexistence, appeals, or denunciation and condemnation! Only blood deters America. “Fight them, and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame. Help you (to victory) over them, heal the breasts of believers.” [9:14]

The authors called the example “a deliverance story form.”

“Extremists do not favor the ‘Verse of the Sword,’ which encourages all-out war against believers,” the authors argued. “Instead they appear to invoke specific verses of the Qur’an that support a promise of deliverance.”

The report further explains:

“[Deliverance story form] is a literary structure in which ‘the community, people, or nation of the protagonist struggles in a precarious existence and must be delivered from those conditions.’ David and Goliath is a deliverance story that is probably familiar to most readers. …

“We find that, rather than encouraging a culture of naked aggression, Islamist extremists utilize direct citations from the Qur’an to provide solace for the suffering and to legitimize certain actions (particularly terrorism) in response to Muslim grievances. As the aforementioned prominence of 9:14 indicates, extremist communication emphasizes the need to rectify a sense of dishonor, shame, and suffering at the hands of threateners (i.e. nonbelievers).”

Finally, the researchers recommend the following actions:

  • Abandon claims that Islamist extremists seek world domination. … Continued claims to the contrary, by both official and unofficial sources, only play into a ‘clash of civilizations’ narrative that benefits the extremist cause. These claims also undermine the credibility of the Western voices, because the audience knows that extremist arguments are really about victimage and deliverance.”
  • Focus on counteracting or addressing claims of victimage. [O]ne means of counteracting them is to address claims of victimage. Of course, where these claims are true, they should be acknowledged and addressed. Otherwise, when claims of harm are demonstrably false, they can possibly be disputed factually. However, there are limits to this strategy. Attempted corrections can simply reproduce and strengthen the frame of the original argument.”
  • Emphasize alternative means of deliverance. Another strategy is to direct attention to existing grievances and promote alternative means for resolving them. Even if one accepts that Muslims are in need of deliverance, it does not follow that violence is the preferred means of achieving it. …”
  • Work to undermine the ‘champion’ image sought by extremists. … Extremists use a deliverance narrative to position themselves as the champion that can deliver the community from evil. However … extremists do little that is champion-like. They have not unseated any apostate rulers, and their victims are overwhelmingly likely to be Muslims. … So there is an argument to be made that even if one believes that violent action is required to deliver Muslims, Islamist extremists are not competent to occupy the role of champion.”

Judicial Watch said in a statement, “This shows close integration with the rhetorical vision of Islamist extremism, according to the brilliant academics that compiled this on the government’s dime.”

Study co-author Steve Corman told ASU News that America must be realistic about Islamists’ arguments when trying to counter their influence attempts.

“If we try to portray them as evil conquerors when their audience sees them as protectors and champions, it damages our credibility and makes our communication less effective,” he said.

Lead author Jeff Halverson said, “These findings challenge the idea of a clash of civilizations. What extremists are really saying to Muslims is, ‘our communities are under siege and God will defend us if we have faith and courage.’”


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Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 13, 2012, 2:12 am
"A taxpayer-funded study released this week declares that Muslim terrorists are generally misunderstood, don’t want to force their religion on the world and only kill people to protect themselves from victimization by enemies of Islam."

Yeah, those who beheaded the jounalist, Pearl, and the Major at Ft Hood were protecting themself. This is a pure disinformation job by <snip> muslims within the govrnment and universities.

JAP69Comment by JAP69 - July 13, 2012, 9:19 am
Seen an article yesterday they want to tear down the great pyramids.
Comment by scorpio - July 13, 2012, 9:24 am
Republicans should listen to the other side now and then to learn the truth.
ToddComment by Todd - July 13, 2012, 9:43 am
@scorpio: We all observed how useless literally bowing to leaders of other countries works out. It doesn't. They just get further emboldened. It's time the close-minded liberals and academics listen to regular folks who have a stitch of common sense.
time*treatComment by time*treat - July 13, 2012, 10:40 am
They *are* misunderstood. The Western citizenry mistakes (because most are too lazy to read) what is admittedly a political system with an agenda as ... just a religion. That "misunderstanding" will cost a lot of necks.

When viewed in proper context, their aims and actions make much more sense -- and the solution that allows you to live in peace (rather than die in pieces) becomes obvious. Don't expect to hear it from the so-called news, those people simply recite what's put in front of them.
Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 13, 2012, 11:33 am
If you and someone who lost someone on 911 or in any other terrorist attack were discussing this article, would you say that to them?
Your 'truth' is warped scorpio.
TenajComment by Tenaj - July 13, 2012, 12:20 pm
Misunderstood my arse. Those people's religion is a mental disorder. They crazy. We really shouldn't have anything to do with them. Nothing.   

Their mentality is evil and we mean absoulutely nothing to them. We are like bugs that they step on.

But unfortunely our politicans used the war and 911 to fraud and deceive our country and take away many of our rights with fear of terrorism.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - July 13, 2012, 12:29 pm
Those people are evil and Democrats are too stupid to see it.
That's why you get dopes like dorkio telling us to "listen to them to learn the truth."
What an insufferable moron.
Comment by scorpio - July 13, 2012, 2:24 pm
oh,sorry,i was thinking other side as to the democrats.
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - July 13, 2012, 2:45 pm
Listen to Democrats to learn the truth?
Comment by scorpio - July 13, 2012, 3:49 pm
see,that's why you're so frustrated man,you been listening to wrong folks!
sully16Comment by sully16 - July 13, 2012, 4:23 pm
Their contempt for us is simmering.
Comment by scorpio - July 13, 2012, 4:38 pm
i wouldn't bash the muslims,they are pretty good folks.islamic terroists are bad,but then to republicans,everyone is bad.
contempt,you been watching those andy griffith reruns again.
MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - July 13, 2012, 5:02 pm
That Janet is one of the better statements that you have made..
And I for one, do happen to agree.
MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - July 13, 2012, 5:08 pm
Scorpio, are you sure you weren't one of Nancy's page boys during her infamous walk of the floor??
I heard she has a new video out, it's called the fields of Morons. Are you going to be at the premiere showing?
Comment by scorpio - July 13, 2012, 5:28 pm
what is your infatuation with nancy.no,i could have been her personal body guard though,to keep maddogs away.
Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - July 13, 2012, 5:29 pm
There are one billion muslims. Of the one billion, 20% are said to be islamic terrorists. That's 200,000,000 people, more than the population of most countries.
Those 200,000,000, by the way, are the ones that are following the koran.
Personally, I don't want to wind up living in a theocratic hell hole because my 'fellow countymen' like you had their heads so far up their keisters they fell for baloney like the report from the academics.
And I don't want to hear you screaming, "but I supported you" when they have you lined up to be beheaded.

TenajComment by Tenaj - July 13, 2012, 7:36 pm
@maddog10, I don't need your approval.
MADDOG10Comment by MADDOG10 - July 13, 2012, 8:13 pm
Janet, that wasn't an approval, it was a compliment...!
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - July 13, 2012, 11:54 pm
She's ign'ant.

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