By Ian Johnson
Within the wake of the inside track that the 9-11 hijackers had lived in Europe, journalist Ian Johnson puzzled how this kind of radical team may possibly sink roots into Western soil. so much money owed reached again two decades, to U.S. aid of Islamist warring parties in Afghanistan. yet Johnson dug deeper, to the beginning of the chilly conflict, uncovering the untold tale of a bunch of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany in the course of international conflict II. There, that they had been shaped right into a well-oiled anti-Soviet propaganda computing device. As that battle ended and the chilly struggle begun, West German and U.S. intelligence brokers vied for keep watch over of this influential team, and on the middle of the covert tug of conflict was once a quiet mosque in Munich—radical Islam's first beachhead within the West.
Culled from an array of resources, together with newly declassified records, A Mosque in Munich interweaves the tales of numerous key gamers: a Nazi pupil became postwar spymaster; key Muslim leaders around the globe, together with contributors of the Muslim Brotherhood; and naïve CIA males desirous to struggle communism with a brand new weapon, Islam. an extraordinary ground-level examine chilly struggle spying and a revelatory account of the West's first, disastrous come upon with radical Islam, A Mosque in Munich is as pleasing because it is important to our realizing the blunders we're nonetheless making in our dating with Islamists this day.
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They lived for their people, and their people for them. Abu Talib was much upset. He sent for the Prophetsa and explained to him the demand made by the elders of Mecca. " The Prophetsa was in evident sympathy with his uncle. Tears came to his eyes and he said: I ask you not to give up your people. I ask you not to stand by me. Instead, you may give me up and stand by your people. But the One and Only God is my witness when I say that even if they were to place the sun on my right and the moon on my left, I would not desist from preaching the truth of the One God.
Exhausted and dejected, he stopped at a vineyard owned by two Meccans who happened to be present. They were among his persecutors at Mecca, but on this occasion they became sympathetic. Was it because a Meccan had been ill-treated by the people of Ta’if, or was it because a spark of human kindness suddenly glowed in their hearts? They sent to the Prophetsa a tray full of grapes with a Christian slave, ‘Addasra by name and belonging to Nineveh. ‘Addasra presented the tray to the Prophetsa and his companion.
Abu Talib was confronted with a hard choice. To give up his nephew was hard. Equally hard was it to be disowned by his people. Arabs had little in the way of money. Their prestige lay in their leadership. They lived for their people, and their people for them. Abu Talib was much upset. He sent for the Prophetsa and explained to him the demand made by the elders of Mecca. " The Prophetsa was in evident sympathy with his uncle. Tears came to his eyes and he said: I ask you not to give up your people.