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March 26, 2009
Clip No.
2108

Saudi Legal Expert Basem Alem: We Have the Right to Wage Offensive Jihad to Impose Our Way of Life

Following are excerpts from an interview with Basem Abdallah Alem, a Saudi legal expert, which aired on Iqra TV on March 26, 2009:

Basem Abdallah Alem: If former U.S. President George Bush thinks that by virtue of the cultural supremacy in which he believes, he has the right to invade your home or mine, in order to impose a certain way of life upon us, then as a member of the true religion, I have a greater right to invade [others] in order to impose a certain way of life, which history has proven to be the best and most just of all civilizations. This is the true meaning of offensive Jihad. When we wage Jihad, it is not in order to convert people to Islam, but in order to liberate them from the dark slavery in which they live. We force them to conform to a general order authorized by Allah. You can remain a Christian, a Zoroastrian, or whatever you like.

Interviewer: How can you do this, when you are so weak?

Basem Abdallah Alem: We have abandoned Jihad...

Interviewer: That's another matter. Are you calling for Jihad?

Basem Abdallah Alem: It's not that I'm calling for Jihad. Jihad is in itself the key to the solution.

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There is no such thing as Western justice – the justice of the culture that has political hegemony over the world. This justice applies only to the racist Christian white man, and does not apply to people of other races or religions.