This excellent report, professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, addresses the debate between those who believe in a general Islamic threat, as defined most eloquently by Samuel P. Huntington in The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, and others who see a small band of religious fanatics who have hijacked Islam from the moderate majority. This question about the source of terrorism has importance to the major Islamic nations as it does for Latin American countries, where Muslims are a largely undistinguishable minority.
The preliminary answer for Latin America is that the United States should not be alarmed at the potential for Islamic fundamentalism, but sufficiently concerned to keep a watchful eye on future developments. In fact Connell suggests that the demographics do not favor the growth of an effective radical movement. If there are too few Muslims in Latin America to birth radicalism, there is on the other hand, a very active and extensive native, non-Islamic terrorism. The author connects these dots because he sees a latent connection to Muslims in the areas where terrorist organizations and drug traffickers proliferate. It is a potentially easy step for incipient Muslim radicals to get caught up and find beneficial purpose with these criminals. For example, the US dependence on imported petroleum and natural gas and a vulnerable transportation system provide an attractive target for Islamic terrorists, one they have used in the past.
Chapter 1 - INTRODUCTION * Notes * Chapter 2 - UNDERSTANDING "ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM" * Perspectives of Islam * Islamic Anti-Western Rage: Historic and Strategic Explanations * Islamic Angst: Psychological and Religious Struggles * Clash or Collusion of Islamic Fundamentalists? * Notes * Chapter 3 - ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN * Muslim Demographics in the Region * Islamic Terrorist Attacks in the Region * Islamic Terrorist Support in the Region * Muslims' Geographic Connection with Terrorism * Notes * Chapter 4 - TODAY'S ISLAMIC THREAT * What, Who, and Where is the Islamic Terrorist Threat? * Potential Islamic Terrorist Target * Notes * Chapter 5 - POLICY CONSIDERATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS * Perceptions of the Primary Threat Facing the Region * Regional Engagement and Cooperation * Improve Rule of Law and Eradicate Criminal Activities * Conclusions
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