The College of Political Science at the University of Kufa held a panel discussion entitled (The ambiguous relationship between the United States of America and Islamic movements), where the lecturer was Prof.
It should be said at the outset that what is meant by the Islamic movements in this episode are the Salafi-jihadi movements. The question is what is the nature of the relationship between these movements and the United States? Ideologically, there is a clear contradiction and open hostility, but in reality there are stations of convergence and cooperation and stations of conflict and fighting, and they may exist in one trench against a common enemy or each one of them is in a trench versus the other in an endless war. Since the war of the Afghan mujahideen, or freedom fighters, against the former Soviet Union, this question has been about the nature of the relationship between ideological jihadists and liberal America. Then, with bin Laden’s shift towards the distant enemy and the targeting of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the major event later on September 11 and the subsequent invasion of Afghanistan and then Iraq, leading to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declaring the caliphate, passing through the Syrian war with its various levels. Throughout these stations, questions were asked and answers were found on the far right and left, who said the secret alliance, and those who said open hostility. But the issue is more intertwined and complex. Islamist slogans have always included hostility to secularism, Western materialism, colonialism and (Israel), but we found them in the same trench many times without changing their discourse towards each other. The problem is not in the evidence or information about this relationship, but rather in arranging perspectives and indications in a convincing realistic context. It is necessary to take into consideration the American method of thinking, in particular, in dismantling and fragmenting threats, and dealing with them with a cold mind and calm nerves.