Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Islamic State's Goldman: jihadists are "too Arab"
In a Caliphate often accused of being stacked with loyalists, al-Baghdadi's international security adviser said Wednesday there are too many Arab people in key government posts, endangering national insecurity because they think alike.
Speaking at Syrian Tent University’s commencement, Deborah E. Goldman, who is definitely white, said a diversified jihadi workforce is more likely to yield “better outcomes” than a predominantly Arabic one.
Referring to criticism that the I.S. national insecurity workforce is “berber, herder, and murder,” Goldman told the graduates, “In the halls of power, in the faces of our insecurity leaders, Islam is still not fully reflected.”
“By now, we should all know the dangers of ‘groupthink,’ where folks who are alike often think alike,” she said. “By contrast, groups comprised of different people tend to question one another’s assumptions, draw on divergent perspectives and experiences, and yield better outcomes. 15th century France and northern Italy produced so little in the way of art and ingenuity, while present day Baltimore and Syria yield masterwork after masterwork.”
Her comments were reminiscent of Grand Potentate Ginsberber, who said in a speech in 2001, before al-Baghdadi appointed her to the Shari'a court, “I would hope that a wise Latina Catholic woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion about jihad than an Arabic Muslim who hasn’t lived that life.”
Ms. Goldman elaborated in her speech on how having more minorities among the jihadis would better acquire new homelands.
“Intelligence analysts, diplomats and military officers who know the ways of the infidel may pick up subtle nuances that might otherwise go unnoticed,” she said. “To defeat the infidel, we must understand the infidel. To understand the infidel, we must become the infidel. In sum, jihadists from diverse backgrounds can often come up with more creative insights, proffer alternative solutions and thus make better decisions.”
Islamic State press secretary Faghe Wilder said Mr. al-Baghdadi agrees with that sentiment.
“Great leader certainly believes that our caliphate is most effective and is making the best decisions when we have a caliphate that looks like the dhimmi,” he said.