Thursday, January 7, 2010

Is Al Qaeda an Alinsky Fan?

As I was listening to the news I was suddenly struck by the similarity between the tactics of the terrorists in reqruiting and the tactics of the Democrats in reqruiting so I began to research.  What I found did not aleviated my concern at all but sent a chill up my spine.

Not willing to subject myself to reading the entire book of Alinsky, I found a website that summarized nicely for me and has notes from other books on this subject.  Go here to see the information.

1.  The purpose - "Radicals must be resilient, adaptable to shifting political circumstances, and sensitive enough to the process of action and reaction to avoid being trapped by their own tactics and forced to travel a road not of their choosing."  We have heard much about the adaptability of Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

2.  Of Means and Ends - "The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means...."  Is there any quesation that the terrorists are firm believers that the ends justify any means?

3.  The Education of the Organizer - "The organizer knows that the real action is in the reaction of the opposition."  For Al Qaeda it is not just about killing us, but in instilling fear in us and in interrupting our commerce and our lives through our reaction to their attacks.

4.  Communication - "One of the factors that changes what you can and can't communicate is relationships. There are sensitive areas that one does not touch until there is a strong personal relationship based on common involvements. Otherwise the other party turns off and literally does not hear...."  Al Qaeda's different levels of wide target recruitment of starting small and steadily increasing their message for the people who stay with them.  The very often don't throw the frog into the boiling water but place the frog in cool water and gradually turn up the heat.

5.  In the Beginning - The Process of Power - "The first step in community organization is community disorganization. The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization. Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displace by new patterns.... All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new."  Al Qaeda has an advantage on this one in that they focus on areas that are already on shaky ground such as Afghanistand and Yemmen. 

6.  Tactics -   "Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty."  Do I really need to say anything there?

At first I thought that maybe, just maybe, Saul Alinsky got his ideas from how the terrorists were opperating, but what really concerned me was that Alinsky's book was published in 1971 and the first real terrorist attack was the Munich Massacre in 1972.

Could it be possible that Obama is so busy running these rules against this nation that he doesn't recognize that somebody he is supposed to be fighting is running them as well?


  1. I like your spin on this one. Things are getting so absurd that any scenario can be given credence.

  2. Thanks. The similarity between the tactics of the radical jihadists and the radical progressives really struck me.