The global jihad is complex, comprising terrorist organizations and abettors that include rogue nations and other shady accomplices. Their fluid alliances and internecine rivalries often defy the Sunni–Shiite divide. Matters are complicated further still by ideological allies such as the Muslim Brotherhood that feign moderation while supporting the jihadist agenda. The threat is openly aggressive on its own turf but operates by stealth in the West. A president may not have to be good with names to oppose it effectively, but he has to grasp the animating ideology, the power relations, and the goals of the players — and how weakening one by strengthening another can degrade rather than promote our security.
The legislation would also protect women, transgender persons, transsexuals, and the disabled. * The first four points were adapted from a statement by Focus on the Family , a fundamentalist Christian group in Colorado Springs, CO. 1 On 2000-SEP-11, the House was poised to vote on a resolution in support of federal hate crime legislation. Focus took the unusual action of issuing a CitizenLink Special Alert to subscribers to their mailing list which included these four factors as " talking points ." In common with other fundamentalist para-church organizations, Focus concentrated on the inclusion of homosexuality as a protected class; they did not mention that the legislation would also protect people of both genders, of all types of disability, and of all sexual orientations including heterosexuality.