May 07, 2010
“The Global Village of Terrorism” is a new article from WORDE President Hedieh Mirahmadi, featured in the Huffington Post’s 05/07/10 edition.
The author argues that the international community – in particularly the US Government – needs to employ every possible tool to ensure their counterinsurgency operations in Pakistan are successful in order to prevent another terror attack on our soil. To be most effective, Mirahmadi advocates forming a strategic alliance with the traditional Muslim community in Pakistan, locally known as the ASJ (an acronym for Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamā’ah).
According to WORDE’s research with some of the most respected educators, religious and community leaders, and social services providers in Pakistan, ASJ leaders are our best asset in Pakistan because they are naturally positioned to counter radical narratives, their spiritual, social and educational networks provide religious re-education for at-risk and radicalized youth, and they have the capacity to implement post-crisis humanitarian and long-term development assistance given their grass-roots mobilization capacity.
Additional information about WORDE’s projects in Pakistan is available online: http://www.worde.org/programs/pakistan/index.php