President Obama adviser, Dr. Bruce Riedel, answers to our questions about Algeria, the DRS, and JASTA.
Dr. Bruce Riedel. DR.
Dr. Bruce Riedel was a senior official at the CIA, where he served for 30 years. He advised four presidents of the United States, including the current president, on the US security and counter-terrorism issues. He is advisor of President Barack Obama and a member of the National Security Council at the White House.
He answered us on two questions about Algeria and its intelligence services, the DRS, and the JASTA law with its consequences for US-Saudi relations. He showed a great prudence and diplomacy in this interview. Speaking on Algeria, he told us: Lire la suite »
Dr. Éric Denécé: « Following his disappointments in Syria and Iraq, Daesh will boost his terrorist action in the world »
Dr. Eric Denécé. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Several months after the attacks that hit Paris and Brussels, do you think that Western Governments have drawn the conclusions it takes?
Dr. Éric Denécé: All the Western states believe that jihadist terrorism is the primary threat against national security and give increasing resources to the fight. But it is difficult to generalize further because the situations are different from one country to another. France, for example, is more targeted – because of its external operations – and concerned – because of the presence on its soil of an important population coming from the immigration. Except for Bulgaria, France is the country of the European Union, which has the largest number of Muslims on its soil. Now, if 95% of our compatriots are respectable and law-abiding, there is, however, a significant minority of radicalized in which recruit Daesh and Al-Qaeda. The problem takes therefore at our place a particular largeness, which is not similar, for example, in Germany or in Italy. Lire la suite »
Pr. Simon Petermann. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Were the Brussels terrorist attacks of this March 22nd predictable?
Professor Simon Petermann: Unfortunately, I think that these attacks were predictable. So far, Belgium is regarded by jihadists as a fallback basis with its huge Muslim population, mostly of North African origin (in Molenbeek a lot of Muslims are from the Rif region in Morocco), grouped or ghettoized in some areas of large cities (Brussels, Antwerp, etc.). A minority of youngsters, mostly born in Belgium, frustrated and resentful against our society for many reasons, are receptive to radical ideas. Lire la suite »
Dr. Kevin Barrett. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You are a great American thinker converted to Islam, how do you live your faith in the US?
Dr. Kevin Barrett: “Great?” I’m not sure about that, and don’t expect to see my bust on Mount Rushmore any time soon. Anyway…Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the US. But today, American Muslims are on the defensive. Neoconservative Zionists have orchestrated a huge, well-funded propaganda war on Islam, and they have succeeded in spreading Islamophobia. Today it is harder to “live your faith” in public than it was in the 1990s. I reverted to Islam in 1993. Lire la suite »
Professor Simon Petermann: « In Belgium, when we talk of some countries and Algeria, there is a kind of taboo »
Professor Simon Petermann. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: With the terrorist attacks that shook Paris and most of the perpetrators are Belgian origin, do not you think that Belgium has become a hub of terrorism in Europe and the world?
Prof. Simon Petermann: I hesitate to use the term « hub ». Belgium is undoubtedly a fallback area, because it is a small country that can readily cross with a fairly large North African community, and recent attacks that occurred in Paris and those which occurred also in Belgium show that indeed Belgium is somewhere a fallback area where jihadist cells are active. Lire la suite »
Jason Hirthler. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: What is your analysis of the current situation in Syria and Iraq with the rise of Daesh?
Jason Hirthler: The United States has presented the rise of Daesh as a grave threat to Middle Eastern stability and a just cause for humanitarian intervention. In fact, it was the United States and its Saudi, Jordanian, and Turkish allies who have facilitated the rise of Daesh and the Al Nusra Front. Both are descendants of Al Qaeda and have sadly benefited from Western training, funding, and arms. Among other sources, Seymour Hersh’s excellent essay, “The Redirection” from 2007 details the Bush plan to use Sunni radicalism to achieve its regional goals. Obama seems to have continued the policy. Lire la suite »