Our regular tipster JP sent me an email today outlining his own take on these matters, and proposing some interesting ideas for Gates of Vienna readers:
Subject: Shape-shifting jihad- - - - - - - - -
Do you or your blog’s readers think that perhaps shape-shifting jihad or culture-specific jihad is a useful way to approach the modern form of Islamic jihad?
By this I mean that Islam adapts itself to a host culture by adopting those characteristics or cultural specifics that would provide acts of jihad with a form of camouflage.
There is no suggestion here that this occurs in a conscious or planned manner. Rather it just happens for reasons as yet unclear. Where one mode or style of jihad is dominant, other forms are not necessarily excluded.
USA: Random massacres. Britain: The polite or civil jihad conducted primarily in committees, and subsequently over cups of tea, chats about cricket, etc. London July 2005 is the exception that proves the rule. France: Aux Barricades! Chaotic street fighting. Belgium: Lesser version of the above. Scandinavia: Welfare jihad. Holland: Political assassination. Germany: Bureaucratic and legal jihad. Some street fighting, but this is usually frowned upon. Italy: Chaotic. Australia: Bondi Beach jihad.
And so on. Of course, jihad is pretty much pick-’n’-mix depending on what works best, given local conditions.