November 12, 2008

Seedbeds of Terrorism: The Post-Soviet States and the Rise of the New Jihad

The collapse of the Soviet Union has played a major role in the rise of Islamist terrorism in three significant ways. First of all, it led to a revolution in the thinking of many Muslims about the nature of Western societies – and one should never forget that for most Muslims, the USSR was part of the Western project rather than something at odds with it – and that, in turn, brought about a shift from 1991 to September 11, 2001.

The collapse of the Soviet Union has played a major role in the rise of Islamist terrorism in three significant ways. First of all, it led to a revolution in the thinking of many Muslims about the nature of Western societies – and one should never forget that for most Muslims, the USSR was part of the Western project rather than something at odds with it – and that, in turn, brought about a shift from 1991 to September 11, 2001.


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