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October 18, 2006

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Jon Fernquest

"From what I've seen during fieldwork in Europe, it seems that the jihadi idea is spreading way beyond the terrorists who are attacking us. It is now a "cool" way to express dissatisfaction with the status quo — with globalization, with America's dominant role in the world, with the power elite..."

Within weeks after 9-11 there were a variety of black T-shirts sporting sentimental portraits of Osama bin Laden and flaming Twin Towers for sale all over Thailand where I live and work.

Only a few months later there the local discotheque in Maesai, Chiang Rai sported a show with an American GI chasing someone in Arabic costume and another with a conical rice farmers that like that worn in Vietnam.

My point is that this was happening in Asia almost after the 9-11 event itself. As an American the T-shirts and show disturbed me. The most obvious point being, that local Thais would hardly have stood someone ridiculing their suffering in a similar disaster. Realistically, the further 9-11 fades into the past, the more people are going to use it for their own ideological purposes.

tiania stevens

Is there anyone in London who is a Middle Expert who tutors? You can contact me on tiania_aus@yahoo.co.uk
Tiania

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