Several months ago, the Los Angeles Times printed a lengthy article about an extremist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), that operates quite openly in Pakistan. Indian and Pakistani newspapers frequently cover the activities of LeT, its founder (Hafiz Saeed) and its offshoot "humanitarian" organization, Jamat ud-Dawa (JUD). But this article was the first time I've ever seen any treatment of these groups in a mainstream U.S. newspaper. Writer Josh Meyer did an admirable job explaining these terrorist groups, how they operate openly in Pakistan with thousands of loyal supporters. Meyer also notes the ties of LeT founder Hafiz Saaed to Massachusetts, although few specifics are provided in the article. Miss Kelly readers know that Hafiz Saeed had three close relatives who were imams in Massachusetts mosques (more about that later), which is really amazing. Most Americans have at least heard of Al Qaeda, but few know about LeT or JUD. I came away from this article with the thought that World War IV is well and truly underway, as Norman Podheretz has posited in his book, World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism, whether most Western nations and citizens admit it or not. The enemy is a shifting alliance of pan-Islamic fascist organizations, using fourth generation warfare fueled by religious fanaticism and Marxist ideology. It will be a wild ride for decades to come. Excerpts from the article, please read the whole thing:
"Although the war against Islamic militancy has focused on shadowy underground organizations such as Al Qaeda, counter-terrorism officials say there is a growing worldwide threat from an extremist group operating in plain sight in Pakistan."
"The group, formerly known as Lashkar-e-Taiba, or Army of the Righteous (also Army of the Pure - editor), was formed in the late 1980s and, with the support of the Pakistani government, launched attacks against India in the dispute over the Kashmir region."