Al Qaeda Just Defending Themselves
The same way Ghengis Khan's Golden Horde was just defending itself. The same way the Nazis who overran Europe were just defending themselves.
These academics suggesting that Al Qaeda does not want to destroy Western civilization ought to have their credentials revoked.
'We were surprised at the very limited use of the sword verse,’ said Bennett Furlow, a research assistant and one of three co-authors of the study, ‘How Islamist Extremists Quote the Qur'an.’ ‘Conventional wisdom says Islamists are bent on world domination and this verse is the justification. We found it to be insignificant,’ he said.
In what sense is this "study" actually a study, as opposed to a subjective and selective reading by people with their own anti-Western agenda?