“Shari`ah finance is a new weapon in the arsenal of what might be termed fifth-generation warfare (5GW)”

So say Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen in Armed Groups: Studies in National Security, Counterterrorism, and Counterinsurgency; Edited by Jeffrey Norwitz; US Naval War College,
June 2008, chapter 28.

They write:

Shari`ah finance is a new weapon in the arsenal of what might be termed fifth-generation
warfare (5GW).2 The perpetrators include both states and organizations, advancing a global totalitarian ideology disguised as a religion. The end goal is to impose that ideology worldwide, making the Islamic “nation”, or ummah, supreme.3
[…]
Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most
prominent Sunni scholars in the world today, reiterated the legal justification for “financial
jihad [Al-Jihad bi-al-Mal]” in a lecture he gave on 4 May 2002 in the United Arab Emirates
(UAE). According to him, “collecting money for the mujahideen (jihad fighters…) was not a
donation or a gift but a duty necessitated by the sacrifices they made for the Muslim nation.”7
[…]
October 2007 Islamic Finance Summit in New York,41 which focused on the “innovations in
shari`ah compliant finance.” According to an eyewitness, when one participant timidly
inquired, “What is shari`ah law?” a leading Islamic scholar responded from the podium: “It’s good for you.” Lost on the attendees was the inescapable fact that shari`ah calls for the supremacy of Islam, thus negating the US Constitution.42
[…]
Incredibly, the suspects’ attorneys also argued that such charitable giving, to support jihad and mujahideen, is rightfully tax exempt under the US constitutional protection of religious freedom.51 Court records show Care International deposited checks “with handwritten notes such as ‘for jihad only’, ‘Bosnia Jihad fund’, and ‘Chechen Muslim Fighters’”. The US Constitution provides protections for religious freedom, but most certainly was never intended  to protect religiously sanctioned or encouraged war in or against America.

The authors do not explicitly define 5GW, but reference  Hammes’ excellent The Sling and the Stone…which is about 4GW not 5GW.Hammes defines 5GW else where, but not quite the Dreaming 5GW way.

I describe 5GW this way:

5GW is the secret deliberative manipulation of actors, networks, institutions, states or any 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW forces to achieve a goal or set of goals across a combination of socio, economic, and political domains while attempting to avoid or minimize the retaliatory offensive or defensive actions/reactions of 0GW/1GW/2GW/3GW/4GW powered actors, networks, institutions, and/or states.

The promotions/installation of (extreme aspects of) Sharia Finance could be looked at as the manipulation of national and international financial institutions in order to get n-order effects in all domains. The n-order effect goals are the creeping acceptance of Sharia Law and Islamofascism (though not called that) and a far below the radar source of financing for world wide Jihad activities. Certain Islamofascist 5GWs (if they exist, e.g. The Muslim Brotherhood Project) could use this as one method.

You can read more about Sharia Finance all over the web.

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