Here we have complied videos that compliment our book review and reveal some of the main themes that Melissa Finn’s book details.


The video below is former President Bush’s address to the people of the United States. Here he exclaimed how all al-Qaeda operatives are all terrorist murderers and evil extremist who wish to kill all Americans. He announced their leader was Osama Bin Laden and that all of al-Qaeda was to be found, stopped and defeated. Bush explicitly states there will be no negotiation or discussion. In Finn’s book it is essential this negotiation and discussion take place in order to understand the true ideology of these people and change the way they think.


The video below is an interview with a suicide bomber. He believes no one is innocent therefore if they die in his mission of jihad it is acceptable. Finn asserts those who carry out martyrdom operations are being counter-productive to their mission. These missions do not help the mission of creating a global Islamic state, they hinder it as they are taking valuable lives.


The video below analyzes Samuel Huntington’s idea of “The Clash of Civilizations” between the Western world and Islamic extremists. This is a documentary created by Al Jazeera. It addresses the events that happened after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  The video details how the clash has led to many martyrdom operations (suicide bombing). It also questions these attacks as many more Muslims die in these attacks than Westerners. It concludes with the idea that the clash between Westerners and Islams was not inevitable, however believing it was handed Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda a victory. Finn calls for more dialogue and open discussion, only then can we escape this reality of a clash.


In the video below Osama Bin Laden defends his actions by promoting the idea that “the events on September 11 are but a reaction to the continuous injustice and oppression being practiced against our sons in Iraq and Palestine”(Bin Laden). He promotes the idea that the people who critique al-Qaeda are blinded by how the media portrays them.


This documentary below attempts to divulge into the true workings of Osama Bin Laden, who before he was targeted and killed by The United States, was one of the most wanted men. It is important to note this documentary was produced by Al Jazeera, which is not a broadcaster of dominant Western perspectives.


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