CNN's Fareed Zakaria hosts a special, updated presentation of WHY THEY HATE US tonight on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.
“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of horrific attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida last week. What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against America - and against their own countrymen - to commit murderous attacks? Zakaria explores the roots of the rage – and challenges experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even those who say they want to kill us – for answers to whether America can do anything to stop the bloodshed.
Zakaria also explores why modernity is perceived by violent jihadis as a threat to Islam to be met with bloodshed – including violence against other Muslims – in a new editorial, "Why they hate us."
New Fareed Zakaria Primetime Special Premieres on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm ET
“Why do they hate us?” has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, Ft Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want to kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed. He looks at one Muslim community in the U.S. for what makes America’s challenges different from Europe’s and those in the Middle East.
A new hour-long primetime special, WHY THEY HATE US, will premiere Monday, May 23 on CNN/U.S. and CNN International at 9:00pm Eastern.
What makes seemingly ordinary people turn against their own countrymen to commit murderous attacks? Zakaria challenges violent jihadis about the reasons why they hate the West – and gets rarely heard answers.
Why do others committing this carnage come from nations once thought to be allies of the West? Zakaria details the unlikely origins of this searing anti-Western hatred to Greeley, Colorado in 1949. Sayyid Qutb, a puritanical, conservative Muslim was so horrified by his experience in America he returned to Egypt to advocate a return to Sharia law by Arab nations, the rejection of modernization and democracy – and violent retaliation against America and the West for ‘corrupting’ the Arab World.
Is Islam an inherently violent religion? Zakaria seeks answers for what attracts extremists to the medieval, barbaric terror of a violent interpretation of Islam from author and scholar Reza Aslan (No God But God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam and Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization); neuroscientist and chief executive of Project Reason, Sam Harris; anti-Western British cleric Anjem Choudary; Columbia University professor and Co-Director for the Center for Palestine Studies, Rashid Khalidi, DPhil.; and author and Muslim reformer Irshad Manji (Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith and Allah, Liberty, and Love). Astonishingly, Manji describes the scholarship behind the true meaning of a widely popularized mistranslation of the afterlife promise of “72 virgins” to actually be a reference to…“raisins.”
Though dead for decades, Qutb’s violent admonitions inspired Osama bin Laden, today’s radical clerics from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, and even an influential American cleric whose seductive sermonic fragments were found scrawled inside the boat where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was found, as well as in messages exchanged by the San Bernardino jihadis. Zakaria concludes with proposed solutions to defeat this infectious ideology currently posing a global security threat – and even shaping the most controversial points of debates for the U.S. elections, and influencing European and American policy on refugees, immigration, privacy, and the rules for armed conflict.
During the broadcast, producers of WHY THEY HATE US will interact with viewers via Twitter, using the hashtag #WHYTHEYHATEUS with user questions and comments about the special.
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Today on CNN’s State of the Union, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder joined Gloria Borger from Paris and shared his views regarding the current situation in Paris. Holder described the nature of future terror threats and the means of combating them. Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.
Holder on combatting the terror threat: “We focus mostly on the Americans who have gone to Syria. About 150 or so have gone to Syria or have attempted to do that, Syria and Iraq. We think there are about 12 that are there now who are actually engaged in the fight. But we work with our allies. We share information. And it's one of the things, I think, that we frankly have to do better. We have to monitor each other's citizens, because the reality is that any one nation can be hurt by the citizens of another nation.”
Holder on the terror organization behind the Paris attacks: “We don't have any credible information, at least as yet, to indicate who was responsible, who sponsored this act. That is clearly one of the things that we have to make a determination of. I will say this, that AQAP remains the most dangerous of the al Qaeda cells, the al Qaeda organizations, and we are constantly focused on them.”
Holder on General Petraeus: “Well, I don't want to comment on - I don't want to comment on what is an ongoing - an ongoing matter. I will say that, frequently, those things that are leaked to the media are done so by people who are not in a position to know, and are frequently inaccurate. “
Full transcript available after the jump.
Today on CNN’s State of the Union, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told Gloria Borger the Obama administration has no strategy to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq. In addition, Senator McCain discussed the nature of the terrorist attacks in Paris and the possibility of indicting General George Petraeus. Text highlights and a transcript of the discussion are below.
McCain on General Petraeus: “He deserves better treatment than have a leak to "The New York Times" about a recommendation, which is a violation of his rights and any citizen's rights.”
McCain on the nature of the attack in Paris: “The nature of that attack showed a degree of professionalism that no lone wolf could have carried out. And right now, in training camps throughout particularly Syria, where we are leaving Bashar al-Assad alone with some incredible hope that the Iranians will work with us, which is bizarre, but right now in Syria, they are training people to go back to the country they came from, and commit acts of terror. That was the view of the head of British intelligence, not just mine.”
McCain on the Obama Administration’s foreign policy failure: “When we didn't leave a residual, a sustaining force behind in Iraq, and when the president turned down the advice of his head national security advisers not to arm the Free Syrian Army, and a number of other decisions, that laid the groundwork for ISIS. And now we have a situation where the largest extremist caliphate in history is now in Iraq and Syria, and we have no strategy. We have no strategy to degrade or defeat it.”