chapter  4
11 Pages

Generation jihad: Conflict in the name of Islam?

Hostages kidnapped and murdered in Beirut . . . Tourists murdered in Luxor, Egypt . . . The destruction of the Twin Towers in New York . . . Simultaneous suicide attack on the Pentagon in Washington . . . Shoppers killed in a suicide bomb in a Baghdad market . . . A tour party murdered in Yemen . . . The American Embassy bombed in Nairobi . . . Algerian schoolgirls stabbed to death . . . Israelis bombed in street-side cafés. The litany of Islamic violence from and in the Middle East appears limitless. The rise of the so-called ‘Green Peril’ of Islamic-inspired violence and conflict dominates newspaper headlines, television images and radio reports on an almost daily basis. With the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union and communism, many were ready to declare Islam the new menace to global peace and stability.