Bin Laden’s strategy

War and the religious imagination

When the U.S. declared war on global terrorism after September 11, Osama bin Laden “must have had a sense of relief when America came attacking” in Afghanistan a month later, says the author of a suddenly popular book on the rise of religious violence. For a long time, bin Laden and his al-Qaeda followers had been trying “to take the Muslim world by the shoulders and say, ‘This is war,’” but it took U.S. high-tech airstrikes to bring home the image of war for multitudes of Muslims, said Mark Juergensmeyer, speaking to a national meeting of sociologists of religion in Columbus, Ohio.


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