Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Today's Wall Street Journal -- only available on-line as a pay service, sorry -- has a pretty good front-page piece on the Dutch-based Al-Waqf al-islammi Foundation, the extremist, seperatist Muslim group which trained at least six of the 9/11 terrorists. Although disclaiming any terrorist ties, the group's ideology is a terror to behold. Largely supported by the Saudis, the courses taught by the group "reflect the puritanical strain of Islam promoted world-wide by the Saudi government." Mohammed Atta and Marwan al-al-Shehni, the alleged 9/11 pilots, attended one conference before going on to al-Queda training camps in Afghanistan; at least one founding member, Muhammed Guleb Zouaydi, is awaiting trial on charges of being one of the principal backers of Osama bin Laden.

Some salient points:

* Mixing with nonbelievers is taboo.

* Condemnation and abandonment of Western influences are central to the seminars, according to one German terorism investigator.

"If you treach that people are inferior, then it's easier to justify killing them," the investigator adds.

*Key to the group are Ahmed Chepphi and his son, Mohammed. At a recent seminar, the younger Mr. Chepphi spoke on "the Islamic concept of tawhid, which means the unity of God."

"He who understands what tawhid is will find a place in paradise ... All acts [supporting Islam] will be rewarded. All initiatives, even when they are bad, will be rewarded."

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