The Soviet Union is no more. Its principal inheritor, Russia, is not the big player it once was. Restoring Russia’s lost grandeur by propping up tacky dictators on its borders against the Soviet populations Russia has itself shed, is a far cry from what the KGB had accomplished with far-flung populations. The American Left gave every indication of being ripe for the taking already eleven months before the USSR collapsed, during and in the aftermath of the First Gulf War (January – February 1991), when, although no national anti-war movement emerged, American intellectuals both decried the war and vilified the United States, on the one hand, and lamented the lack of a national anti-war movement, on the other. Twelve years later, by March 2003, when the Second Gulf War broke out, the demoralised American Left could be and was mobilised against their own country and against their own interests. Note that this was a mere eighteen months after 11 September 2001, the second Al-Qaida attack on the World Trade Center. Its first attack on that same target had been on 23 February 1993, and a mere eighteen months after the seemingly self-consuming American nation was left unclaimed by the death of its primary subverter and hence first claimant, the USSR.
In short, for Islam, the defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan gave jihad the boost that would carry it to 9/11, while the end of the Soviet Union itself mobilised jihad to claim the United States, a nation the KGB had orphaned from history and its own people had disowned. American ideologues and businessmen toasted the triumph of the free market over Communism, and failed to notice the ground slipping from under their feet.
If you are able to comprehend the mind that Yuri Bezmenov and his KGB comrades so successfully created in their victims, then you are well on your way to understanding the mind of the Muslim, a necessary condition for jihad, for what the KGB did to their target nations, every madrassa does to every child in their charge, only so much better and so much faster. The madrassas do not demoralise children, for there is as yet nothing to destroy, except potential.
By drawing attention to the terrorist act, they [Western observers] remove it from context, history, and etiology. They not only lose sight of the mind holding the weapon, but they ignore the mind moving the minds: “the mind of jihad.”