Inspire 5: The Tsunami of Change Assessment
The latest version of Inspire, the AQAP Jihadi magazine is out and having read through the whole thing I have come to the following conclusion;
AQAP has begun transforming into a political party much like Hamas has.
The bulk of this magazine deals with the re-asserting of AQAP Jihadi doctrine, but this time with a softer spin and a more politic language set. Much of this is attributed to the fact that the Middle East is on fire with protests seeking to depose the dictators who run those countries. Accordingly, Inspire has set a softer tone overall, but tries to re-enforce that there is no “middle road” in Muslim doctrine from the prophet. What this means is that once again, they are seeking to use Koranic passages to assert their dogged beliefs that it’s their way or.. Well, you are kuffar.
All of this of course couched in much softer language.
Now, as an outsider to the Muslim faith, and faith in general, I often find myself reading this drivel and thinking “religion is the opiate for the masses” in this case it is more than an opiate, it is a complete brainwash and blow dry. Ultimately, I think that the movement from harder language and more politic speech patterns begins to show just how much a political organisation this is becoming as opposed to a religious movement seeking an Caliphate. Simply put, these guys want to be in power and they will use any means, including political ones, to be the seat of said power.
Even the look of the magazine has taken on the visage of being a counter culture hip mag. The target audience of course is in fact the teen to twenty something in the Western hemisphere seeking something to believe in after all. I suspect that the contents of the likes of Emerson Begolly’s hard drives likely has copies of Inspire on them as do other kids who are seeking the same kind of movement to be a part of.
And that is where it is insidious.
From a psychological standpoint, this change in tact is very PSYOP in nature. Lull, cajole, and wheedle all the while promising an end to life that will have greater meaning and an after life full of wine women and song. All the while they are also laying out the seeds for “lone wolf” operations in the opening paragraphs by outlining the stats on arrests by the West of jihadist “cells” that were not secure. One passage even says the following;
We have noticed that the year 2010
alone saw the most arrests in the
West for homegrown jihadi opera-
tions. Most of those arrested were
arrested in groups, one connected
to another. Sometimes the enemy
would even set up the brother in a
sting operation, fooling him into be-
lieving that he was working with the
mujahidin. Keeping that in mind, we
have witnessed that operations done
by lone individuals has proven to be
much more successful. So what can
we learn from this? Group operations
have a greater tendency of failing
than lone operations due to the idea
(of the operation) escaping the mind
and tongue to other individuals.
Even if those individuals are trust-
worthy in your eyes, there is still that
1% chance that someone from the
intelligence agencies are listening in
and paying attention to your groups’
actions or that the person you are
talking to might be working for the
enemy or that he might be pressured
at a later period to give information
to them. With lone operations how-
ever, as long as you keep it to your-
self, nobody in the world would know
what you’re thinking and planning.
That’s why individuals like Taimour,
Roshonara, Nidal and others have
been successful, even if they were
ultimately arrested. The fact that they
were able to pull off their operations
without being halted by authorities is
a great success.
It’s an interesting mix in this issue but the message is much the same. Even with the new polish to the layout and the soft question and answer section, it is still a propaganda piece for a group of people who only really want to be in power. A group that will do whatever it takes, including becoming more and more “western” in style to get it.
So much for militant Muslim faith huh?