Christian Persecution in 2015 at ‘Levels Akin to Ethnic Cleansing’

Police beat a Pakistani Christian. (Photo: © Reuters)

Police beat a Pakistani Christian. (Photo: © Reuters)

Clarion Project, Jan. 20, 2015:

Persecution of Christians is on the rise, with 2015 the most violent year in modern history for members of the faith. That is the conclusion of a new report by Open Doors USA, a non-profit group that has been monitoring Christian persecution worldwide since 1955.

The group says last year persecution of Christians reached “a level akin to ethnic cleansing,”

The report notes, “Islamic extremism remains by far the most common driver of persecution: in eight out of the top 10, and 35 out of the top 50 countries, it is the primary cause. A rise in Islamic extremism sees Pakistan at its highest position ever, and Libya entering the top ten for the first time.”

Worldwide, the report notes, according to conservative estimates and excluding North Korea, Syria and Iraq (where records do not exist), over 7,000 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons in this past year  – a rise of almost 3,000 from the previous year.

Close to 2,400 churches were attacked or damaged – over double the number for last year.

In addition, the report also states “all the time, beneath these ‘headline’ events, there is constant, low-level, localized persecution. Christians are driven out of their communities, refused burial, denied jobs or education. Churches are torn down because of local opposition or mob rule. For millions of Christians, the everyday persecution happens in their village, or even among their family.”

The following are some of the main outtakes from the report:

Islamic extremism has been crossing borders:

The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL) has moved beyond Syria and Iraq and into Libya. Boko Haram has spread to Cameroon and Chad, and al-Shabaab into Kenya. Meanwhile, many smaller extremist movements have declared themselves part of the ISIS group of caliphates. Even the West has felt the tremors. Bombs in Paris, gunfights in California, holidaymakers killed on a Tunisian beach: in a globalized world, there is no such place as abroad anymore.

Many parts of the Muslim world are becoming more Islamic:

All over the Middle East especially, Muslims are becoming more fundamentalist, partly out of fear that extremists may take over. However, there is a counter-trend as many Muslims search for a new identity as they turn away in disgust from extremism. Many are choosing Christianity as a faith instead.

African countries continue to move into the top 50:

Islamic extremism in the world today has two hubs, one in the Middle East, the other in sub-Saharan Africa. Sixteen countries in the top 50 are from Africa, seven in the top 20. In numerical terms, if not in degree, the persecution of Christians in this region dwarfs what is happening in the Middle East.

More states are lawless, and minorities suffer violence:

Much of Syria and Iraq has become effectively lawless, with Christian communities especially targeted. In lawless Libya, migrant Christians from Sudan, Egypt and Eritrea were brutally executed, and the tiny Muslim-background believer church has been driven even further into hiding. In Yemen, Saudi-led forces make it even harder for the few Christians remaining.

Never have so many Christians been on the move:

The “migrant crisis” is not limited to the Mediterranean. Tens of thousands of Christians fled the 12 Islamic Sharia states of northern Nigeria. In Kenya, Christians are fleeing the Muslim majority areas. Every month, thousands leave Eritrea, braving desert and trafficking gangs. Even Pakistani Christians are fleeing to countries in South East Asia.

Ethnic cleansing is back as an anti-Christian tactic:

In the Middle East and Africa, persecution increasingly takes the form of ethnic cleansing. In middle-belt Nigeria, Christians have been forcefully removed from their homes and indigenous land by the Hausa-Fulani settlers. In Sudan, Nuba Christians have been indiscriminately targeted and killed. The intent is to remove or even exterminate Christians.

Get a preview of Clarion Project’s upcoming film, Faithkeepers, about the violent persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. The film features exclusive footage and testimonials of Christians, Baha’i, Yazidis, Jews, and other minority refugees, and a historical context of the persecution in the region.

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Why America Needs To Get Ready For A ‘100-Year War’ With Radical Islam

A masked Palestinian boy wearing the headband of Hamas's armed wing takes part in a rally marking the 28th anniversary of Hamas' founding, in Gaza City December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem - RTX1YLQ9

A masked Palestinian boy wearing the headband of Hamas’s armed wing takes part in a rally marking the 28th anniversary of Hamas’ founding, in Gaza City December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem – RTX1YLQ9

Daily Caller, by Russ Read, Jan. 16, 2016:

The war against radical Islamic terrorism could go on much longer than anyone is expecting, and the enemy may not give the U.S. any choice but to fight it.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich was quite sober in his address Wednesday on the subject of the politics of dealing with radical Islam. Speaking to a room of people packed to the brim on Capitol Hill, Gingrich outlined in a clear and concise manner his belief that combating the terrorist forces within radical Islam will take as many as 100 years. He noted that the choice to go to war had already been made by the enemy, and the U.S. will eventually have no choice but to respond in a massive way.

Though he certainly had ample criticism for President Barack Obama’s current strategies for countering terrorism, calling the President “delusional,” he was willing to point blame for the current situation in multiple directions. “You have to look seriously at why did we fail in Iraq … in Afghanistan.” Gingrich believes that the commission set up to investigate the attacks on September 11, 2001, failed. So too did both Bush and Clinton, and especially Paul Bremer, Bush’s envoy to Iraq after the initial 2003 invasion.

He opened his remarks with a comparison of today’s time to that of former British prime minister Neville Chamberlain just before the outset of World War II. Unlike others who have attempted to draw the comparison as a slight, the former history professor took a different tack.

“Chamberlain was not weak” he explained, referring to the former prime minister crushing his opposition in parliament at the outset of the war, “[he believed] almost any future was worth getting to that did not involve World War II.”

Gingrich said Chamberlain certainly had a point, highlighting the massive death and destruction left in the wake of the conflict. “Look at the scale of World War II, you cant argue that it was successful,” he explained.

He outlined the point that people knew then that another war was going to be bloody, much like those who look at the war on terrorism realize its going to be bloody now.

“It’s not irrational to ask how to avoid that,” said Gingrich, “we could be involved in a 70 to 100 year war … this is going to be hard to communicate,” he continued.

Reality, though, sometimes trumps one’s preferences, and Gingrich believes that the reality of the threat posed by Islamic radicalism and the terrorism it spawns requires a very difficult, and bloody, form of vigilance.

“We are having a difficult time coming to grips with how large this problem is … this is a clash of civilizations,” he said.

Despite current disagreements over how to confront radical Islamic terrorism, Gingrich is optimistic that leaders will come to his point of view, if only because things will get to a point where they have no choice but to do so. He outlined three points that he predicts will occur in the process that will eventually lead to people acknowledging the severity of the problem:

“One. This is going to be a very hard to win the argument about, because if you do win the argument, you’ve now undertaken a project of historic depth involving an enormous amount of blood.”

“Two. It will happen eventually because the enemy won’t give you any choice … the threat is so obvious, that people will say, just as they did with World War II … OK, we have no choice. The challenge for those of us who are trying to win this is to shorten the amount of time it takes … for us to get there.”

“Three. You have several different blocs engaged in this [argument].”

Gingrich believes those camps run across a spectrum. On one end you have those “who want the enemy to win.” You also have “an entire academic left which is so anti-Western … that they can’t really imagine there is a threat to us that we haven’t earned.”

Yet another political cabal knows there’s a problem, but doesn’t have the will to confront it. “You have the group who sort of know that, OK, we out to do something, but after all, we shouldn’t disrupt the culture of the State Department, we shouldn’t disrupt the patterns of the U.S. military.”

Gingrich alluded that these are the same people who have contributed to U.S. failures abroad. He believes these are the individuals who said “we should wage an Iraqi campaign that doesn’t disrupt the Army, as opposed to we should change the Army as much as we have to to win the Iraq campaign.”

On the opposite end of the spectrum, he believes there is “a minority, but a growing minority, that breaks into two units.” The first is a small, but crucial “intellectual pattern … which has always been worried about security … has always thought America was worth defending, and needed defending.”

The other much larger portion is a growing bloc whose view is “if I think you are going to come and try to kill me, I’d like to kill you before you come and try to kill me.” Gingrich refers to this mentality as the “Roman model of defense,” the idea that “I really don’t want to fight you, but if I do have to fight you I am going to wipe you out.” He points to the U.S. bombing of large population centers in Germany and Japan as an example of how the U.S. has genuinely wished to avoid war, but reacts to threats with tremendous force.

Gingrich believes that the same mentality that has led the U.S. to fight and win against its adversaries before should, and will, be the mentality applied to the question posed by radical Islamic terrorism.

“We have probably been the most ferocious [country] with the application of force once provoked,” he noted. He believes those who are worried about being attacked are “going to keep growing for a practical reason.” Gingrich believes this growing faction will inevitably be one the one to force change in policy.

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Islamic Jihad: Symptom of a Western Cause

mBy Raymond Ibrahim, Dec. 16, 2015:

Origianally posted at PJ Media

As someone specializing in Islamic jihadism, one would expect I’d have much to say immediately after jihadi attacks of the sort that recently occurred in San Bernardino, or Paris, or Mali, where a total of about 180 dead.  Ironically, I don’t: such attacks are ultimately symptoms of what I do deem worthy of talk, namely, root causes.  (What can one add when a symptom of the root cause he has long warned against occurs other than “told you so”?)

So what is the root cause of jihadi attacks?  Many think that the ultimate source of theongoing terrorization of the West is Islam.  Yet this notion has one problem: the Muslim world is immensely weak and intrinsically incapable of being a threat.  That every Islamic assault on the West is a terrorist attack—and terrorism, as is known, is the weapon of the weak—speaks for itself.

This was not always the case.  For approximately one thousand years, the Islamic world was the scourge of the West.  Today’s history books may refer to those who terrorized Christian Europe as Arabs, Saracens, Moors, Ottomans, Turks, Mongols, or Tatars[1]—but all were operating under the same banner of jihad that the Islamic State is operating under.

No, today, the ultimate enemy is within.  The root cause behind the nonstop Muslim terrorization of the West is found in those who stifle or whitewash all talk and examination of Muslim doctrine and history; who welcome hundreds of thousands of Muslim migrants while knowing that some are jihadi operatives and many are simply “radical”; who work to overthrow secular Arab dictators in the name of “democracy” and “freedom,” only to uncork the jihad suppressed by the autocrats (the Islamic State’s territory consists of lands that were “liberated” in Iraq, Libya, and Syria by the U.S. and its allies).

So are Western leaders and politicians the root cause behind the Islamic terrorization of the West?

Close—but still not there yet.

Far from being limited to a number of elitist leaders and institutions, the Western empowerment of the jihad is the natural outcome of postmodern thinking—the real reason an innately weak Islam can be a source of repeated woes for a militarily and economically superior West.

Remember, the reason people like French President Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are in power—three prominent Western leaders who insist that Islam is innocent of violence and who push for Muslim immigration—is because they embody a worldview that is normative in the West.

In this context, the facilitation of jihadi terror is less a top down imposition and more a grass root product of decades of erroneous, but unquestioned, thinking.  (Those who believe America’s problems begin and end with Obama would do well to remember that he did not come to power through a coup but that he was voted in—twice.  This indicates that Obama and the majority of voting Americans have a shared, and erroneous, worldview.  He may be cynically exploiting this worldview, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s because this warped worldview is mainstream that he can exploit it in the first place.)

Western empowerment of the jihad is rooted in a number of philosophies that have metastasized into every corner of social life, becoming cornerstones of postmodern epistemology.  These include the doctrines of relativism and multiculturalism on the one hand, and anti-Western, anti-Christian sentiment on the other.

Taken together, these cornerstones of postmodern, post-Christian thinking hold that there are no absolute truths and thus all cultures are fundamentally equal and deserving of respect.  If any Western person wants to criticize a civilization or religion, then let them look “inwardly” and acknowledge their European Christian heritage as the epitome of intolerance and imperialism.

Add to these a number of sappy and silly ideals—truth can never be uttered because it might “hurt the feelings” of some (excluding white Christians who are free game), and if anything, the West should go out of its way to make up for its supposedly historic “sins” by appeasing Muslims until they “like us”—and you have a sure recipe for disaster, that is, the current state of affairs.

Western people are bombarded with these aforementioned “truths” from the cradle to the grave—from kindergarten to university, from Hollywood to the news rooms, and now even in churches—so that they are unable to accept and act on a simple truism that their ancestors well knew: Islam is an inherently violent and intolerant creed that cannot coexist with non-Islam (except insincerely, in times of weakness).

The essence of all this came out clearly when Obama, in order to rationalize away the inhuman atrocities of the Islamic State, counseled Americans to get off their “high horse” and remember that their Christian ancestors have been guilty of similar if not worse atrocities.  That he had to go back almost a thousand years for examples by referencing the crusades and inquisition—both of which have been completely distorted by the warped postmodern worldview, including by portraying imperialist Muslims as victims—did not matter to America’s leader.

Worse, it did not matter to most Americans.  The greater lesson was not that Obama whitewashed modern Islamic atrocities by misrepresenting and demonizing Christian history, but that he was merely reaffirming the mainstream narrative that Americans have been indoctrinated into believing.  And thus, aside from the usual ephemeral and meaningless grumblings, his words—as with many of his pro-Islamic, anti-Christian comments and policies—passed along without consequence.

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Once upon a time, the Islamic world was a super power and its jihad an irresistible force to be reckoned with.   Over two centuries ago, however, a rising Europe—which had experienced over one millennium of jihadi conquests and atrocities—defeated and defanged Islam.

As Islam retreated into obscurity, the post-Christian West slowly came into being.  Islam didn’t change, but the West did: Muslims still venerate their heritage and religion—which impels them to jihad against the Western “infidel”—whereas the West learned to despise its heritage and religion, causing it to be an unwitting ally of the jihad.

Hence the current situation: the jihad is back in full vigor, while the West—not just its leaders, but much of the populace—facilitates it in varying degrees.  Nor is this situation easily remedied.  For to accept that Islam is inherently violent and intolerant is to reject a number of cornerstones of postmodern Western thinking that far transcend the question of Islam. In this context, nothing short of an intellectual/cultural revolution—where rational thinking becomes mainstream—will allow the West to confront Islam head on.

But there is some good news.  With every Islamic attack, the eyes of more and more Western people are opened to the true nature of Muhammad’s religion.  That this is happening despite generations of pro-Islamic indoctrination in the West is a testimony to the growing brazenness of the jihad.

Yet it still remains unclear whether objective thinking will eventually overthrow the current narrative of relativism, anti-Westernism, and asinine emotionalism.

Simply put, celebrating multiculturalism and defeating the jihad is impossible.

However, if such a revolution ever does take place, the Islamic jihad will be easily swept back into the dustbin of history.  For the fact remains: Islam is terrorizing the world, not because it can, but because the West allows it to.

[1] Although the original Mongol-Tatar conquerors were not Muslim, most of them eventually converted to Islam—finding natural appeal in its divine validation for conquest, rapine, and plunder—and articulated their later wars on Christendom and others in the name of jihad.

RAYMOND IBRAHIM is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist.  His books include Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007).

Americans killed by Islamic jihad and Loretta Lynch says her main concern is possible backlash against Muslims?

LLBy Justin O. Smith, Dec. 5, 2015:

One more horrific and heinous Islamic terror attack, in a long list of many others, was perpetrated against America by Chicago born Syed Farook and Pakistan born Tashfeen Malik, on December 2nd 2015 at approximately 11:00 am PT. They opened fire on a Christmas party inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, CA using modified variants of .223 AR-15s, and eighty-five rounds later, fourteen decent Americans __ mothers, fathers, sons and daughters __ lay murdered, with 21 more wounded, as many others placed desperate cellphone calls for help and thought these were their last moments of life.

The discovery of three bombs in the IRC, that failed to explode, slowed the search for the terrorists, who were initially thought to still be in the building. Five hours later, the terrorists were found and killed near their home in Redlands in a firefight, as they fired 76 rounds and the police responded with 380 rounds; in the aftermath, 2500 more rounds of ammunition and twelve more bombs wired for remote detonation, in a manner similar to the Boston bombs, were found in their home.

FBI reports reveal that Malik had passed Homeland Security screening, and she had returned with Farook from his second trip to Saudi Arabia on a K-1 “fiancee” visa and a Pakistan passport. Farook had also made a trip to Pakistan, and he had been in contact with Muslims abroad who are persons of interest to U.S. authorities; he was also in touch with islamofascists in the Los Angeles area.

Imagine the sinking feeling felt by authorities, when they discovered that Malik had pledged her allegiance to the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi on Face Book, as the attack was ongoing. This made many security analysts suggest since, that she was Farook’s trainer, and she had planned from the start to meet someone online, who was willing to bring her to America, for the sole purpose of harming America.

Any logical thinking person didn’t need to hear FBI Director James Comey call this “an act of Islamic-inspired terrorism”, once news reports indicated multiple shooters were in the facility. How many cases has anyone ever witnessed of a disgruntled employee recruiting another person to help them attack a business?

On December 4th, the FBI Director announced on C-SPAN that none of Farook’s contacts “were of such significance that it raised the level of alert at the FBI.” Really? This should keep people awake at night.

Although the FBI refused to name Muzzamil Siddiqi, as one of the islamofascist “jihadists” in contact with Farook, for the New York Times’ December 3rd story, anyone following the terrorist networks knew Farook and Malik were Islamic terrorists immediately, when Hussam Ayloush, executive director for CAIR-Los Angeles, and Farhan Khan, Farook’s brother-in-law, made a disingenuous televised statement. They condemned the attack and offered “heartfelt condolences to the families and the loved ones of all those killed or injured.” Standing there beside both men and also offering empty words was Muzzamil Siddiqi, who is a known active supporter of Islamic terror in America and abroad.

Siddiqi is the director of the Islamic Society of Orange County and a former president of the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim Brotherhood organization. He is also an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror financing plot, and he released the Muslim Brotherhood memo, ‘Civilization – Jihadist Process’, to followers in May 1991, that calls for the destruction of Western civilization from within and “sabotaging its miserable house.” One of Siddiqi’s close associates was Sheik Omar Rahman, the Blind Sheik, who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; and, one should also note that Adam Gadhan, former spokesman for Al qaeda and fellow terrorist, is a product of the ISOC.

Siddiqi wrote in the ‘Pakistan Link’ on October 18th 1996: “We must not forget that Allah’s rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction.”

Adding insult to injury on December 3rd, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Reverend Welton Gaddy delivered a load of manure in their unbelievably insensitive, disgusting and despicable statements at the Muslim Advocates Annual Dinner, in the wake of the murders of fourteen Americans by Islamic terrorists. Their main concerns were focused on any possible “backlash” from the San Bernadino attack against Muslims and Muslims being “free in America”, when they should have been asking these Muslims what, if anything, they proposed to do in an effort to stop future terror attacks that emanate from the ranks of their damnable brethren __ these Sons and Daughters of Mohammed.

Why was Loretta Lynch appeasing this group of Muslims, instead of demanding they take all measures to stop the ever increasing Islamic terror attacks in America?

Why did Rev. Gaddy exclaim, “If Muslims aren’t free in America, no one is”, when fourteen Americans just had their freedom __ their rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” __ taken from them?

Muslims are free in America. They just aren’t free to wantonly murder their way across America. Their rights in America end, when they act against the U.S. Constitution and their actions violate the rights of others, endangering and ending the lives of U.S. citizens.

This administration and future administrations must target Muslim communities with deep surveillance, and don’t tell America how offensive and “islamophobic” this will seem to Muslims. The cold hard reality is that Baptists, Catholics and Jews aren’t gunning down people and blowing them up, and frankly, I find Americans killed at the hands of Islamic terrorists offensive.

Maybe it’s time U.S. Muslims felt the consequences __ backlash __ from their failure or unwillingness to cut out the violent heart of the Islamic ideology. Let’s advocate the deportation of all non-citizen Muslims and refuse to allow any Muslim into America: This will not stop all acts of terror, since Muslim citizens are acting against the nation too, but perhaps it is a start for now.

I am sick of seeing Our Beloved America attacked repeatedly by these islamofascists, with barely a cough coming from the Oval Office. Obama and Attorney General Lynch aren’t protecting us from “enemies foreign and domestic” effectively and forcefully, doing just the bare minimum. Their continued denial of an Islamic terrorism problem in America is only emboldening Muslims, who hate us, and laying the groundwork for a certain devastating and massive terrorist attack, especially in light of recent successes by the Islamic State. Consequently, whether or not our communities exhibit San Bernadino’s same level of training and professionalism, all Americans must help their community stay vigilant and prepare to defend themselves or die, in the face of the next deliberate terrorist attack on our homefront, even if it entails carrying one’s personal weapon daily.

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Dec. 5, 2015 (The Blaze) Former Congressman Unleashes on Attorney General in Rant Against Islam: ‘Go Ahead and Prosecute Me. I Dare You.’

A former U.S. congressman urged Attorney General Loretta Lynch to arrest him after she warned on Thursday that her office would take a more aggressive approach to those spewing anti-Muslim rhetoric.

“I think Islam has a real freaking problem, alright?” Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh said in a video posted to his Facebook page. “There is a cancer in Islam, and if they’re not going to learn to assimilate, I don’t want them in this country.”

“You got a problem, Loretta Lynch, with me saying that? Then throw me in jail,” Walsh, a conservative talk show host, argued. “I think Islam is evil. I think Islam has a huge problem. I think most Muslims around the world are not compatible with American values. I don’t want them here.”

Walsh continued to slam Lynch in his video for the comments she made at Muslim Advocate’s 10th anniversary dinner one day after law enforcement officials say two people opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California, leaving 14 people dead and more than one dozen injured. According to reports, the wife pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on her Facebook page just moments before the attack.

“When we talk about the First Amendment we [must] make it clear that actions predicated on violent talk are not American. They are not who we are, they are not what we do, and they will be prosecuted,” Lynch said at the banquet. “My message not just to the Muslim community but to all Americans is: we cannot give in to the fear that these backlashes are really based on.”

Walsh, who now hosts his own radio program, served in Congress from 2011 to 2013.

In text that included some stronger language accompanying his video, which has been viewed more than 110,000 times as of Saturday morning, Walsh continued to argue that “most Muslims around the world are terrorists, support terrorism and/or support Sharia Law.”

“Any Muslim that is a terrorist or supports terrorism should be killed,” Walsh wrote. “If ‘Moderate’ Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism, they are our enemy and we should call them out and kick them out of this country.”

“Is that ‘anti-Muslim rhetoric’ that ‘edges toward violence,’” he continued. “Go ahead and prosecute me. I dare you.”

Why the Islamic State tells supporters to swear allegiance before dying

Long War Journal, by Thomas Joscelyn, Dec. 4, 2015:

The FBI announced earlier today that the shootings in San Bernardino, California were an “act of terrorism.” The FBI’s conclusion is undoubtedly based on multiple pieces of evidence, including what may turn out to be a key fact.

Tashfeen Malik, who has been identified as one of the two terrorists responsible for the massacre, reportedly swore allegiance to the head of the Islamic State during the first minutes of the attack. Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, killed 14 people and wounded more than 20 others.

According to multiple press reports, Malik swore her fealty to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi on social media. US officials have told CNN, The New York Times, and NPR that Malik pledged bay’ah (oath of allegiance) to Baghdadi and his self-declared “caliphate” before she and her husband were even finished terrorizing the Californian city.

The Associated Press interviewed an executive at Facebook who said that Malik “posted the material under an alias account at 11 am Wednesday,” just minutes after the shooting spree began. Facebook discovered the account, took it down and then reported its findings to law enforcement officials.

Assuming that Malik did swear allegiance to Baghdadi as has been reported, her behavior is entirely consistent with what the Islamic State’s propagandists tell believers to do.

For example, the 12th issue of the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq, which was titled “Just Terror,” specifically told any would-be follower to “record his will, renew his bay’ah [oath of allegiance], carry the Khilafah banner, and strike the crusaders and their pagan and apostate allies wherever he can find them, even if he is alone.”

This passage is addressed to “every such muwahhid [Muslim who emphasizes the unity of Allah] barred from hijrah” — that is, every believer who cannot make his or her way to the lands of the “caliphate.” The Islamic State says that each individual should “purify himself of the branches of lesser hypocrisy that hold him back from performing jihad in his location.”

Therefore, not only does the Islamic State encourage supporters to carry out attacks in their home countries (a common motif), but also wants them to document their allegiance to the “caliphate.”

Baghdadi and his men claim to be the only rightful rulers throughout the entire Muslim-majority world. As such, they demand that all real believers submit to them and be obedient.

Indeed, the necessity of obedience and the pitfalls of disobedience are another prominent theme in the 12th issue of Dabiq.

One article in Dabiq, entitled “Advice to the Mujahidin: Listen and Obey,” was previously published in a magazine compiled by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has rejected Baghdadi’s “caliphate.” (The Islamic State notes that the article was written “before” AQAP became “the partisan Yemeni branch,” meaning before AQAP publicly rebuked Baghdadi and his loyalists.)

“The first piece of advice — following my advice to fear Allah and be mindful of Him — is to listen to and obey those whom Allah has given authority over the affairs of the mujahidin,” the author advised.

The AQAP ideologue continued by warning that “[t]here are many instances where a group of brothers were taken captive or arrested because one of them disobeyed the security precautions they were instructed with by the emir [leader].” It is “obligatory on you, my noble brother, to harshly denounce anyone who disobeys the leader, and to assist your leader and your brothers in preventing any disobedience and mistake that the Ummah [worldwide community of Muslims] and the mujahidin would pay the price for,” he argued.

The Islamic State’s decision to republish al Qaeda’s material is ironic. Baghdadi was once the loyal follower of Osama bin Laden and then Ayman al Zawahiri. But the man who wants to be known as “Caliph Ibrahim,” and urges obedience, broke his bay’ah to al Qaeda’s senior leadership as he built his own jihadist entity.

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Regardless, the Islamic State emphasizes the necessity of obedience and warns that disobedience is a sure path to the fires of Hell. A graphic (seen on the right) included in Dabiq’s 12th edition cites Islamic texts to make this point. A Muslim can either join the state or nation of believers by swearing bay’ah to the leader, or die in a state of ignorance.

“Whoever withdraws his hand from obedience will meet Allah on Resurrection Day without having any excuse,” one saying attributed to the Prophet Mohammed, and reproduced in Dabiq, reads. “And whoever dies without having a bay’ah binding him, dies a death of jahiliyyah [state of ignorance].”

The precise details of Malik’s post on Facebook still need to be confirmed. But if she or husband swore allegiance to Baghdadi it wouldn’t be the first time that an Islamic State supporter has obeyed the group’s commands in this regard. Amedy Coulibaly, who attacked a Jewish market in Paris in January 2015, swore allegiance to Baghdadi in a video shortly beforehand. And Elton Simpson, who attempted to open fire at an event in Texas dedicated to drawing the Prophet Mohammed, posted his fealty to the “Emir of the Faithful” (a title reserved for the Caliph) on Twitter shortly before he was gunned down.

In Iraq and Syria, fighters often record their last will and bay’ah to Baghdadi before carrying out a suicide operation. So, this is a common practice.

In addition to its ideological justifications, the Islamic State has practical reasons for urging supporters to announce their oath of allegiance to the “caliphate.” It makes for good propaganda if the jihadists are successful.

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Senior Editor for The Long War Journal.

An Islam of Their Very Own

image-see-no-evil-triangleNational Review, by Andrew McCarthy, Dec. 4, 2015:

The day after the San Bernardino jihadist attack that left fourteen dead and even more wounded, my old boss, Rudy Giuliani, came out and said what most sane people are thinking. After hours of pained, halting, incoherent babbling by public officials from President Obama on down about whether the mass-killing by two heavily armed, obviously well-trained Muslims constituted a terrorist attack, Rudy exploded:

You can come to one clear conclusion with the information they have right now. This is an act of terror. The question was motivation. . . . The question here is not, is it an act of terror. We’re beyond that. When you got two assault weapons, two handguns, you’re in body armor, you got a home that’s booby-trapped. You’ve [ACM: meaning “they’ve”] been practicing to do this. . . . If you can’t come to a conclusion at this point that this was an act of terror, you should find something else to do for a living besides law enforcement. I mean, you’re a moron.

Hard to argue with that.

But look, if you actually speak with the police and federal agents conducting the investigation into the attack, you figure out pretty quickly that they are not morons. They are actually very good at what they do. So why is it that, upon seeing two-plus-two, they can’t call it four when Islam is involved?

I’ve been trying to explain this for many years, beginning in Willful Blindness, a memoir about prosecuting terrorists in the Clinton era, and in a stack of columns here at National Review, including one from a few years back that described how our government, under administrations of both parties and the bipartisan Beltway ruling class, has constructed “an Islam of their very own.”

Rudy is right that what they’ve done is moronic, but there is a logic to it. It goes like this.

The government denies that terrorism is caused by Islamic doctrine. This is a triumph of willful blindness and political correctness best illustrated by former British home secretary Jacqui Smith, who might as well have been speaking for our government when she branded terrorism as “anti-Islamic activity.” That is: the savagery is not merely unrelated to Islam but becomes, by dint of its being violence, contrary to Islam. This must be so because the British government, like our government, insists Islam is a “religion of peace.”

Now, this is absurd, of course. There are various ways of interpreting Islam, and millions of Muslims manage to “contextualize” Islamic scripture’s numerous commands to conduct holy war, reasoning that these divine injunctions applied only to their historical time and place and are no longer relevant. Yet, even if you buy this line of thinking, that does not make Islam a peaceful belief system. Verses like “Fight those who believe not in Allah,” and “fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war,” are not peaceful injunctions, no matter how one “contextualizes” them.

More to the point, the stubborn reality is: There will always be a large percentage of Muslims who believe these scriptures (and the many others like them) mean exactly what they say.

Our government is in denial of this. Unwilling to deal with Islam as it is, the government must make up an Islam of its very own. Regardless of the abundance of evidence to the contrary, the government holds that Islam is a religion of peace, case closed. (Such a laughable case has to be closed because it cannot withstand even slight examination).

Therefore, to the government, terrorism committed by people who happen to be Muslim is not in any way a reflection of any legitimate interpretation of Islam — even if Islamic supremacist ideology, which endorses jihadist violence, is so mainstream that tens of millions of Muslims adhere to it. Remember, here in America as in Western Europe, the violence is deemed anti-Islamic. That is what has been dictated to our law-enforcement agents by their superiors. If those were your instructions, you’d be babbling like a moron, too.

So, what are the policy implications of the government’s constructing its own fantasy Islam, the one and only principle of which is pacifism? Here are a few of the worst.

It means that Islamic doctrine can never be cited as the cause of terrorism. This leads, for example, to the preposterous government handwringingover “radicalization”: You are apparently supposed to believe young people, all of whom just happen to be Muslim, spontaneously become violent radicals — as if there were no doctrine or body of thought that was inducing the radicalization. You are only to say they have been “radicalized” — never mention by what.

Fantasy Islam also leads inexorably to the irrational decree that terrorist organizations like ISIS and al Qaeda are not Islamic. You are to conclude that they are either wanton killers or that they have “hijacked” and “perverted” Islam into something that it is not — something that cannot be dignified with the name “Islam” because Islam, after all, is a religion of peace.

The most ludicrous fallout of this line of thinking is the one Rudy rightly labels moronic: The apparent inability of government officials to call a mass-murder attack by Muslims a terrorist attack. But again, if you follow the government’s official party line, you understand the reluctance of these officials: The only terrorists the government acknowledges as terrorists are formally designated terrorist groups — ISIS, al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah. As we’ve seen, the government has pronounced these groups to be anti-Islamic.

Thus, if the police come upon a mass-murder attack that is clearly instigated by Islamic doctrine, they are not permitted to conclude that it is terrorism because they’ve been directed to maintain that Islam is against terrorism. Consequently, the agents believe they cannot call terrorism terrorism unless and until they uncover evidence proving that the Muslim mass-murderers have some tie to a designated “non-Islamic” terrorist group, such as ISIS or al-Qaeda.

It is rare for such evidence to be uncovered early in an investigation. And the fact of the matter is, such evidence will often never be uncovered because it doesn’t exist. It will frequently turn out that the Muslims who’ve committed the atrocity have been “radicalized” by Islamic doctrine, straightforwardly interpreted as Islamic supremacism by their fellow Islamists at the local mosque and Islamic center. They don’t need mediation, help, or instruction from ISIS or al Qaeda. They already share the same ideology as these groups, the goal of imposing Allah’s law (sharia). All they really need in order to execute terrorist attacks is paramilitary training. That is readily available in many Muslim communities; you don’t need to go to an al-Qaeda or ISIS training camp to get it.

Notice that there is a treacherous flipside to our government’s insistence on making up its own content-free, obsessively peaceful Islam. Not only can terrorism never be associated with it. Anyone who is publicly associated with Islam by the government must be deemed peaceful. This is how we fall into the trap of allowing the Muslim Brotherhood, the world’s most influential Islamic supremacist organization, to infiltrate the policy-making organs of counterterrorism.

The government, particularly under the control of President Obama, acknowledges the Brotherhood as an Islamic organization — notwithstanding the ham-handed attempt by the intelligence community a few years back to rebrand the Brotherhood as “largely secular.” Under the government’s imaginary Islam, acknowledging a group as Islamic perforce gives them a clean bill of health: They are deemed “peaceful,” “moderate,” and steadfastly opposed to terrorism.

And never you mind that Hamas is the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, that the Brotherhood has a long history of terrorist violence, and that major Brotherhood figures have gone on to play leading roles in terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda. The beautiful thing about making up an Islam of their very own is that government officials never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

And that’s why they won’t say the terrorist attack in San Bernardino is the terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

***

San Berardino Attack was NOT workplace violence

gbThe Gorka Briefing, by Dr. Sebastian Gorka, Dec. 4, 2015:

This was a well-prepared plan by people who have an ideological commitment to holy war, to jihad in the name of Allah, and that’s what they did yesterday in that government building. On Fox last night with Megyn Kelly.

RUSH TRANSCRIPT:

KELLY: “Trace, thank you. The trip to Saudi Arabia. Trip to Pakistan. Apparently born to two Pakistani parents as was his wife. And the wife is a whole story unto herself. We will get to her in a minute.

The FBI has taken over this investigation. And my next guest just happened to have been with the FBI in Los Angeles while this attack was unfolding. Dr. Sebastian Gorka provides counterterrorism training to the FBI and special forces. Serving major general distinguished theory at marine corps university. he has a fascinating website as well. thegorkabriefing.com. he is the real thing. Doctor, thank you for being here. you are on the program ten days ago saying we’re on our own. That it’s going to happen. And today as we sit at 9:16 p.m. eastern time, we are still being told it might not be terror. it might, it might not be.”

GORKA: “I think that discussion is over. if the report your colleague just gave us, that there is confirmation of not only that this individual was accessing ISIS jihadi propaganda, but also in contact with individuals who had previously been investigated for connections to jihadi groups like ISIS or al Qaeda, I think that train has left the station. You heard the lieutenant himself, first officer on the scene, say unequivocally, this was not a rogue incident. This isn’t a question of somebody who had, you know, an individual grievance with a colleague or who had some kind of psychotic wreak. everything we are hearing reinforces that this was a well-prepared plan by people who have an ideological commitment to holy war, to jihad in the name of Allah, and that’s what they did yesterday in that government building.”

KELLY: “We still like to believe that the FBI would be on to somebody like this. Somebody who is communicating with suspected extremists. somebody building bombs in his apartment, in his house. many of them. somebody arming himself to the gills. Along with his wife who he picked up in Saudi Arabia, came back and married her. We want to believe that people like you are monitoring these people and would know if they are getting toward do something like this. But it’s not true.”

GORKA: “Look, the fact is, i work very closely with the FBI. I’ve worked closely with the NYPD. These organizations are doing incredible work. look at the fact that in the last 20 months, we have killed or arrested 82 ISIS suspects. ISIS supporters on U.S. soil. that is through the amazing work of our federal local law enforcement and our intelligence community. But it is very, very challenging. The report that i mentioned previously, that my company has just published on ISIS as a domestic threat, which your watchers, your viewers can access at tleet threatknowledge.or rg. we have examples of an ISIS dialogue here in the united states pumping out the kind of material that apparently this mass murderer was consuming. And that individual had 48,000 followers on his social media site. So we’ve done a great job at intercepting and stopping those people who want to do jihad here in America. But who knows how many more there are. That’s the real question and it is fundamentally a human challenge, a human intelligence challenge.”

KELLY: “What is being done to encourage the development of that intelligence by this administration.

GORKA: What is being done to stop it, that’s the better question. You’ve had your own experience in New York with Mayor de Blasio shutting down some of the most incredibly powerful intelligence initiatives of the NYPD. Over the last several years, we have seen this at the federal level. We’ve had the attempt by the administration to excise, to censor training and the materials used to prepare our operators. For example, the word jihad should not be used. Should be deleted from power point slides, from materials, because it could be deemed inflamed to Muslims. This is where you see politics getting into the intelligence cycle where you see censorship disport dis distorting the function. I have talked to them and they know this will endanger Americans if you allow political correctness into our national security mission.”

KELLY: “That is where we pick it up with our next guest. Doctor, thank you.”

GORKA: “Thank you, Megyn.”

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How Political Correctness May Hamper the Fight Against ISIS

Some Interesting San Bernardino Developments…

The ISIS Study Group, Dec. 4, 2015:

In an update to 02 DEC’s “The Flames of War Come to San Bernardino, CA,” we learned that 12 IEDs (pipe bombs) were constructed at the Redlands residence (although some were utilized in the initial attack but failed to detonate) that Sayid Rizwan Farooq (variant-Farooq Sayid, Syed Farook) was spending so much time at along with what we know now is six other individuals – who are still out and about. Personally we find it rather amusing that this whole attack could’ve been prevented had one of the neighbor’s living near the Redlands residence wasn’t so worried about hurting people’s feelings. Well, that guy’s sense of “social justice” is why we have 14 of our fellow Americans dead. That’s on your conscience, buddy – we hope you see the faces of each victim killed by the people who didn’t want to offend every night for the rest of your life. Anyways, the IEDs weren’t the only things the police found at the Redlands place – apparently they also found quite a bit of ammo there in addition to the 1,400 .223 rounds and 200 9mm rounds found on the bodies of our two dead jihadists. There are a lot of questions surrounding how Sayid acquired the weapons. We know that some were purchased legally and some weren’t (e.g. the assault rifles). We know that the previous owner of the weapons Sayid purchased is an individual named Enrique Marquez, but things get rather fuzzy after that. None of the equipment this cell acquired was cheap, yet the authorities are trying their hardest to downplay this as much as possible, with some in the media and government implying that this was “workplace violence.”

Authorities Search Redlands Home Tied To Suspect Syed Farook
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/12/02/authorities-search-redlands-home-tied-to-suspect-syed-farook/

The Flames of War Come to San Bernardino, CA
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=9672

The explosive devices confiscated from the Redlands residence Source: The ISIS Study Group

The explosive devices confiscated from the Redlands residence
Source: The ISIS Study Group

The Redlands residence Source: KCal 9

The Redlands residence
Source: KCal 9

Anybody with an ounce of common sense knows this was a cell that received a great deal of support from external facilitators. Our sources informed us that one of the pieces of literature found in Sayid’s home was a copy of “A Social Justice in Islam” by Sayid (variant-Sayyid) Qutb which is available on Amazon. Sound familiar? He was a leading

Sayid Qutb Source: The ISIS Study Group

Sayid Qutb
Source: The ISIS Study Group

figure in the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) who was executed in 1966 for his involvement in a plot to assassinate then-Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser. He wrote over 24 books and best known for his work advocating the political role of Islam, which can be found throughout “A Social Justice in Islam.” One of the things that may interest our dear readers and anybody in the FBI is that Qutb shared a very special hatred for America and its culture in particular. He was the driving force behind the MB’s involvement in terrorism and a case can also be said that he was one of the primary sources of inspiration for al-Qaida (AQ) and later on the Islamic State (IS). Oh, and btw, Sayid Qutb’s brother Muhammad was the mentor for current AQ leader Dr. Aymen al-Zawahiri. In fact Muhammad was apparently the one who recruited Zawahiri into MB and later Egyptian Islamic Jihad-which would go on to form the backbone of AQ. Muhammad’s lectures on his brother’s work laid the foundation of Zawahiri’s militant mindset. He wasn’t the only core AQ guy who went “all-in” on Sayyid Qutb’s work through his brother Muhammad – the late-Osama bin Laden and his brother-in-law Muhammad Jamal Khalifah both developed a relationship with Muhammad. Anwar al-Awlaki – of which IS named their Western foreign fighter unit in honor of – was also a student of Sayid and Muhammad Qutb’s teachings. Of course people are well aware of the other personal mentor of bin Laden: Abdullah Azzam. In fact the 9-11 Commission cited Qutb’s work as the foundation of the modern Sunni terrorist.

9-11 Commission: The Foundation of The New Terrorism
http://www.9-11commission.gov/report/911Report_Ch2.htm

The Philosopher of Islamic Terror
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/23/magazine/the-philosopher-of-islamic-terror.html

Islamism, fascism and terrorism (Part 2)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/DK08Ak03.html

Imam’s Path From Condemning Terror to Preaching Jihad
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/09/world/09awlaki.html?pagewanted=5&hp&_r=0

Is this the man who inspired Bin Laden?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/nov/01/afghanistan.terrorism3

Sayid Farooq’s admiration of the MB was probably why the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was so quick to respond. The damage-control was in overdrive last night. The guy CAIR had speaking in the press conference in response to the attack was Muzammil Siddiqi, and he’s a very interesting guy. Why? Well, despite his comments made in the press conference, Breitbart was able to dig up the following gems Siddiqi has said over the years:

“America has to learn — if you remain on the side of injustice, the wrath of God will come!” – From a White House protest against Israel in 2000

Here’s video of that 2000 rally against Israel:

“Those who die on the part of justice are alive, and their place is with the Lord, and they receive the highest position, because this is the highest honor…” – Said during a 1995 speech

You can find additional tidbits of info from the following Breitbart article:

Speaker at CAIR Presser After Shooting Once Said That Suicide Bombers Die For ‘Justice’
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/03/speaker-cair-presser-shooting-said-suicide-bombers-die-justice/

Siddiqi has been a naughty boy himself. He’s currently the Director of the Islamic Society of Orange County (ISOC) and formerly the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) that’s also affiliated with the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT). He still serves on the ISNA’s board of directors and is the NAIT Chairman. Now why does the Islamic Society sound familiar?Its because this is the very same Islamic Society whose Boston and Oklahoma City (OKC) branches have connections to the OKC lone-wolf beheader, the Boston Bombers, Khalid Sheik Muhammad courier Aafia Siddiqi and the late-IS senior propagandist Ahmed Abousamra. You can get the background info right here:

Islamic State Propagandist from Islamic Society of Boston Allegedly Killed in Airstrike
https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/06/01/islamic-state-propagandist-from-islamic-society-of-boston-allegedly-killed-in-airstrike/

Boston Bomber’s Mosque Tied to ISIS
http://nypost.com/2014/09/07/jihadi-behind-beheading-videos-linked-to-notorious-us-mosque/

OKC Beheader Associations With Terror-Link Islamic Society
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=2224

ISIS-Inspired Beheading and Other Activity Increases Inside The US
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=2144

Islamic State wants to Trade Female Prisoners
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=1312

Muzammil Siddiqi Source: Breitbart

Muzammil Siddiqi
Source: Breitbart

The so-called “moderate” Siddiqi has been a big advocate for countries where homosexuality is punishable by death and has also been one of the leading voices for pushing the Sharia Law agenda in America. You may also find it interesting that the ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 in the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and its ties to Hamas. It was even mentioned multiple times in internal MB documents from the late-80s and early-90s that was seized by the Feds and introduced in the trial. One of the things mentioned in these documents was how the process of settlement in the US was a “civilization-jihadist process.” They view settling in the US as part of the process to destroy the West from within by sabotaging its society by using its lax laws and its culture to their advantage.

MB Docs seized for Holy Land Trial

But there’s more. Siddiqi’s Mosque had hosted a lecture by Omar Abdul Rahman aka “the Blind Sheik” of 1993 World Trade Center Bombing notoriety and overall “Godfather” of all things AQ and IS. From the New Yorker (Reference “Azzam the American: The Making of an al-Qaida Homegrown”):

In December, 1992, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a prominent Egyptian cleric and Islamic radical also known as the Blind Sheikh, visited the Islamic Society to lecture about jihad, and Siddiqi sat beside him to translate. Abdel Rahman dismissed nonviolent definitions of jihad as weak. He stressed that a number of unspecified enemies had “united themselves against Muslims” and that fighting them was obligatory. “If you are not going to the jihad, then you are neglecting the rules of Allah,” he said. The opportunities for jihad were virtually everywhere, ranging from apostate Middle Eastern regimes to “those who are taking the wealth of Muslims from petrol or from oil.” As he spoke, a red toolbox, with a slit cut into its lid for donations, was passed around the room. Videotapes of the lecture were later offered for sale at the society’s bookstore.

Azzam the American: The Making of an al-Qaida Homegrown
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/01/22/azzam-the-american

Equally as noteworthy is the fact that Adam Yahiye Gadahn aka “Azzam the American” (Reference – “Azzam the American: The Making of an al-Qaida Homegrown“) was a parishioner at Siddiqi’s ISOC. Siddiqi is said to have “kicked” him out of the Mosque-but we suspect that had more to do with the unwanted attention he was drawing to the institution. You may or may not recall Gadahn’s role as the American mouthpiece to AQ who was killed earlier this year during an airstrike. He was a special case in that he was born a Jew who converted to Islam in 1995 and spent a great deal of time in Pakistan.

Adam Gadahn, American mouthpiece for al Qaeda, killed
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/23/world/adam-gadahn-al-qaeda/

Adam Gadahn Source: The ISIS Study Group

Adam Gadahn
Source: The ISIS Study Group

You’re probably asking yourself, “why is the ISIS Study Group mentioning all this, and what does any of it have to do with the San Bernardino attack?” Its because our friend Sayid Farooq had stopped going to the Islamic Center of Riverside and started going to the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco (ISCN) – which is another branch of the greater ISNA just like the ISOC. In fact, many senior figure associated with the ISOC have participated in events hosted by the ISCN. That’s how CAIR was able to dig up his brother-in-law Farhan Khan so quickly – they already knew it would come back to them and they needed to preempt any unwanted attention that would come from the attack. With the Islamic Society’s long list of ties to terrorists its no wonder that they would have a slick operator like Siddiqi speaking in the press conference.

San Bernardino shooting suspect stopped attending mosque two years ago
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-bernardino-shooting-suspect-serious-about-studying-the-koran-20151203-story.html

The ISCN Source: The ISIS Study Group

The ISCN
Source: The ISIS Study Group

As if that isn’t shady enough, Sayid has been in direct contact with people in the LA-area who are currently under investigation on involvement in terrorism. Although simply going to Saudi Arabia isn’t a crime, wouldn’t these ties and his trip to the Kingdom raise some red flags? Of course they would – but it doesn’t fit the narrative being pushed by the government at the local and federal-level, which is precisely why they continue to not give a straight answer on the go pros the jihadist “Bonny and Clyde” were wearing. Why would they wear go pros? They wanted to record the attack for future use in a propaganda video. Law enforcement officials are puzzled at how such a “happy Muslim couple” could engage in such activities. They obviously weren’t paying attention to what happened in Paris and how Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s cousin Hasna Ait Boulachen was not only a “happy Muslim,” but one that appeared very “moderate” as demonstrated by her reputation as a “party girl” (check out “Abdelhamid Abaaoud DEAD-What Happened? Will USGOV Finally Take This Threat Seriously?“). From our end we think there’s a possibility that Sayid may have met with a terror facilitator during his Saudi Arabia trip – quite possibly the individual who recruited him into the jihadist community. The fact that he had no prior record likely made him even more attractive to terror recruiters (as we’ve seen in other attacks across the globe). Unfortunately that doesn’t fit into DHS’ narrative so all this will either be buried or dismissed outright without any real digging.

San Bernardino: Shooter was in contact with terror subjects, officials believe
http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/03/us/san-bernardino-shooting/index.html

California Shooting Puzzle: Syed Farook Alleged Terror Contacts ‘Not Significant,’ Official Says — Motive Unclear
http://www.inquisitr.com/2608377/california-shooting-puzzle-syed-farook-alleged-terror-contacts-not-significant-official-says-motive-unclear/

Abdelhamid Abaaoud DEAD-What Happened? Will USGOV Finally Take This Threat Seriously?
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=9490

We posted this early yesterday

We posted this early yesterday

DGSI didn’t think Hasna Ait Boulachen was a terrorist either – they were wrong Source: The ISIS Study Group

DGSI didn’t think Hasna Ait Boulachen was a terrorist either – they were wrong
Source: The ISIS Study Group

These two sure didn’t seem to raise any red flags despite warnings from the Russians and Saudis Source: The UK Sun

These two sure didn’t seem to raise any red flags despite warnings from the Russians and Saudis
Source: The UK Sun

The Feds were just as confused about the Chattanooga Shooter – and they dropped the ball despite an “insignificant link” to terrorism that came from the shooter’s father being on the watch list Source: The Daily Mail

The Feds were just as confused about the Chattanooga Shooter – and they dropped the ball despite an “insignificant link” to terrorism that came from the shooter’s father being on the watch list
Source: The Daily Mail

The motivation is clear – they were looking to kill the “Kafir” or “Kufar,” the “unbelievers.” The collection of jihadist literature such as the works of Sayid Qutb are big indicators that he’s not “mainstream” – his links to the Islamic Society strengthens this possibility. The part about him becoming “more devout” in recent years goes back to what we brought up in “Islamic State: The French Connection” and “Al Hayat Media Center Continues to Saturate North America with its Social Media Outreach for Jihadists.” The same thing applies to recent converts. To say that “there may have been planning” is a piss-poor response by the people charged with protecting the American people. The planning and acquisition of equipment that was involved in this attack likely took months. The 800 lbs gorilla in the room is that Sayid was likely in contact with a foreign facilitator – you know, one of those “insignificant” contacts. Needless to say, we have strong suspicions they were in contact with representatives of the IS External Operations Division. These people had a mission and no, it was most certainly not because of any “workplace grievance” or “climate change.”

Another indicator that this was not workplace violence is that Tashfeen Malik, the wife of Sayeed Farooq posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdaid just prior to the attack. Stay tuned…

Tashfeen Malik, Mother in San Bernardino Massacre, Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Leader: Sources

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/san-bernardino-shooting/tashfeen-malik-mother-san-bernardino-massacre-pledged-allegiance-isis-leader-n474246

Al Hayat Media Center Continues to Saturate North America with its Social Media Outreach for Jihadists
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=2523

Islamic State: The French Connection
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=3875

Also see:

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez attacks Military Locations in Chattanooga
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=7637

Additional IS Attacks Follow Chattanooga Shootings – US Asleep at the Wheel
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=7654

San Bernardino Terrorist Followed Brotherhood-Linked Groups on Twitter

Center for Security Policy, by David Reaboi, Dec. 3, 2015:

On Twitter, San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook followed several accounts associated with Muslim Brotherhood, including the official accounts of Free Syrian Army and the Syrian Revolution Network.

PJMedia’s Patrick Poole found that, while Farook never seemed to tweet from this account, several of the 11 accounts he followed were institutional Twitter accounts with ties to large Islamic organizations in America which have controversial histories and ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other Islamist movements.

It is significant that Farook followed what many in American media would call “mainstream” Islamic organizations, rather than some of the more notorious ISIS-affiliated social media feeds. While these groups have the patina of respectability and often condemn terrorist events in the United States, many rationalize terrorism abroad as legitimate resistance or have, as their goal, the implementation of Islamic law in America.

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WhyIslam @whyislam is an account run by the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), “Dedicated to Clearing Misconceptions, Answering Questions, and Providing Free Material About Islam.” ICNA is an Islamist organization with close ties to the Pakistani extremist Pakistani group Jamaat-e-Islami, which advocates the Islamization of all governments, and can be considered a Subcontinent Muslim Brotherhood. A 2000 press release by the group claimed that, “Jamaat e-Islami’s supporters have an organization in America known as ICNA” and that, “Islam must be translated into political dominance.” ICNA’s charter is just as explicit about its goal, the “establishment of the Islamic system of life” in the world, “whether it pertains to beliefs, rituals and morals or to economic, social or political spheres.” It’s not surprising that, rather than follow the comparatively larger Islamic Society of North America, Pakistani-American Farook followed the Islamic Circle of North America, which traces its organizational and intellectual lineage to the subcontinent.

Muslim American Society @mas_national is a Kansas-based Islamist group very much in the constellation of Muslim Brotherhood entities. Former MAS Secretary General Shaker Elsayed told the Chicago Tribune in 2004 that the organization was founded by the Muslim Brotherhood. MAS has been described as “a major component” of the “Wahhabi Lobby,” Gulf-funded which has influenced American Islam for decades.

CAIR National @CAIRNational is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, founded in 1994 by Omar Ahmad and Nihad Awad, two former employees of the now-shuttered Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Islamic Association for Palestine. CAIR has ties to violent jihad as well. Daniel Pipes writes that, “At least seven board members or staff at CAIR have been arrested, denied entry to the U.S., or were indicted on or pled guilty to (or were convicted of) terrorist charges: Siraj Wahhaj, Bassem Khafagi, Randall (“Ismail”) Royer, Ghassan Elashi, Rabih Haddad, Muthanna Al-Hanooti, and Nabil Sadoun.”

CAIR San Francisco Bay Area @CAIRSFBA The Muslim Brotherhood has long had an active presence in the Bay Area, going back to a pre-9/11 fund-raising visit by al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri in several Silicon Valley mosques. CAIR’s Bay Area branch also has a long record of radicalism. The group—which has honored convicted terror leaders like Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian—released a poster in 2011 that discouraged Muslims from reporting on jihadists in their communities, telling them, “Build a Wall of Resistance; Don’t Talk to the FBI.”

Free Syrian Army @FreeSyrianArmy The Muslim Brotherhood played an early role in the formation of the Free Syrian Army, utilizing in particular the MB’s close relationship with Turkey.  The Brotherhood dominated the political opposition Syrian National Council, and was able to force the election of Texas-based IT professional, and former CAIR member Ghassan Hitto to the position of prime minster, reportedly after U.S. pressure encouraged anti-Brotherhood members to abstain in the vote.  Hitto himself would be ousted in favor of a Saudi-backed candidate. The FSA coordinated with the Syrian National Council from September 2011 until a September 2013 when a pull out by Islamist militias, some with links to Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood collapsed cooperation with the SNC.

Syrian Revolution Network @RevolutionSyria is a Brotherhood-affiliated social media presence that, as Hassan Hassan described in a 2013 article in Foreign Policy, “decides the names for Friday’s protests” tied to the Syrian revolution. The SRN has been called one of several Muslim Brotherhood fronts, and has an active Facebook page.

And the whole “terrorism” debate continues yet again…

jihad_globalTerror Trends Bulletin, by Christopher W. Holton

In the wake of the San Bernardino attack yesterday morning, we are once again witnessing the pointless debate in law enforcement circles, as well as the news media, as to whether the mass shooting was an act of “terrorism.”

This morning on Fox News, a so-called “expert” was dissecting the Justice Department’s official definition of terrorism to justify the FBI’s hesitation in classifying what is, let’s face it, another act of war.

That same “expert” claimed that this was another example of “self-radicalization” over the internet and thus was very difficult to classify.

Fighting through the nausea induced by the talking heads’ ignorance, I managed to utter the word, “Hogwash.”

We must refrain as a country from once again entering into a debate on what amounts largely to semantics about whether or not this latest massacre was an act of “terrorism.”

We need to get away from focusing on the term “terrorism.” Some folks still don’t consider the 1983 Beirut Barracks bombing by Hezbollah which killed 241 Marines, sailors and soldiers an act of terrorism because, by some widely regarded definitions, attacks on combatants under such circumstances cannot be termed “terrorism.”

The San Bernardino massacre and the 1983 attack on the Marine Barracks, though very different, were both acts of JIHAD.

The Jihadis themselves don’t refer to themselves as “terrorists.” But they most assuredly refer to themselves as “Jihadis.”

I say let them own that title. If one of them goes out on his own and shoots up a ticket counter at LAX, beheads a grandmother with a knife in Moore, Oklahoma, or shoots up a county health facility in California, those are acts of Jihad, just as 9-11 was an act of Jihad.

This was never a war on “terrorism.”

We are at war with the Jihadists. They are waging Jihad against us and that takes many forms:

• Outright military confict (see Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs)

• Insurgency (See Iraq, Afghanistan, Algeria, Thailand, Philippines, Pakistan, India, Somalia, Yemen, and others)

• Terrorism (9-11, Paris, train bombings in Spain, 7/7 bombings in the UK, Mumbai, etc)

• Individual acts of violent Jihad (DC sniper, LAX shooting, Ft. Hood, Garland, Texas, Moore Oklahoma, Chattanooga, Tennessee, etc.)

• Financial Jihad (zakat payments to Islamic charities which, by Islamic Shariah law, fund Jihad, Sharia-Compliant Finance)

•Civilizational Jihad (peaceful methods, such as political influence operations (Muslim Brotherhood fronts such as CAIR, ISNA), mass immigration, lawfare, imposing Islamic customs on the West (insisting we play by their rules)).

ALL OF THIS IS JIHAD. JIHAD IS THE KEY. WE SHOULD NOT GET WRAPPED UP IN TRYING TO CLASSIFY IT IN OUR OWN VERNACULAR. ORIENT ON THE ENEMY’S DOCTRINE AND LEARN HOW HE THINKS AND ACTS.

IT’S JIHAD.

 

Jihad Strikes CA: Media Utterly Incoherent as Fox News Promotes Hamas

UTT, by John Guandolo, Dec. 3, 2015:

From the beginning of the attack on Wednesday in San Bernadino (CA) UTT called it jihad.  The modus operandi was very similar to Paris in several ways (gear, vehicle, calm demeanor of the assailants, well-planned attack, and Muslim perpetrators).

We knew from early on in the day the perpetrators were Muslim because many hours after two of the suspects were shot dead, no one in the media would tell us the most basic details about them except their gender.  Major clue #1.

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Fox news analysis included the likely option that “mental illness” was the cause.  The LA Times blamed the “incident” on a dispute between the “shooters” and others at the Christmas party at the Inland Regional Center where the shootings took place.  Other media outlets simply called it “workplace violence.”  All day long viewers were subject to analysts, newscasters, and guests who were free of any clue of what was happening before their very eyes.

The blathering incoherence was stunning.

The FBI gave us no deeper insight into the attack eight hours after it began.  How long does it take to look at the jihadi and tell he is a jihadi?  Since the FBI has zero training for agents about what Sharia adherent Muslim jihadis look like, maybe it was simple ignorance.  Maybe the allah u akbar was not enough of a clue.

The jihadis identified by 1:30 AM EST Thursday are Syed Rizwan Farook (killed by police), his brother, whose true name is still not confirmed, and Tashfeen Malik, a female who was killed by police in the vehicle along with Farook.

In advance of the substantive press conference by authorities, Fox News gave Hamas (doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations or CAIR) the opportunity to set their narrative before facts could get in the way.  At their press conference, Hamas (CAIR) made the family of the jihadis out to be the victims, and told us we really cannot know the motive of the attackers.  Maybe it really was mental illness.

Fox News – once again – allowed the jihadis to promote their agenda on national television.  Between the O’Reilly show providing Hamas years of airtime to execute their propaganda operation, and Fox News in general supporting Hamas terrorists from CAIR, the enemy does not need to do much social media highlight its efforts. That is being done for them by Fox.

Present at the CAIR press conference was California Hamas (CAIR, Los Angeles) leader Hussam Ayloush with one of the most senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders in North America – Muzammil Siddiqi – standing behind him. Next to Siddiqi was Farhan Khan who is married to Farook’s sister Tatiana.  While Khan and Farook’s social media pages make it clear the two were close, Khan claimed he was “shocked” Syed would ever do such a thing as kill people.  Same old lies every time.

Khan is also a jihadi and had advance knowledge of this event.  Bet the bank on that.

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The International Muslim Brotherhood’s most prominent jurist Yusuf al Qaradawi with Hamas (CAIR) leader Hussam Ayloush in L.A. several years ago. (Photo courtesy of the Investigative Project on Terrorism)

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Hamas leader Hussam Ayloush speaking at the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Community Center of Redlands, located a short distance from the jihadi attack in San Bernadino.

For several years, UTT has written, briefed, and consulted with leaders about the threat of the Global Islamic Movement’s network in the United States.  Specifically, UTT has made it clear that as each day passes without aggressive action taken by U.S. law enforcement to destroy the jihadi network in the United States, we reduce the number of options we have to deal with this threat.

Five years ago, we had a wide variety of options and strategies to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood’s Movement here.  As time rolls on, we are backed into a corner and leave ourselves facing the reality that only significant force will extricate this cancer from American society.  And a grave cancer it is.

The first steps which must be taken, after a factual nature of the threat is shared with the American people, must be:  to declare the MB a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO); arrest the top 150-200 of the MB leaders; shut down their key 2000 organizations here; seize their assets; and charge government leaders who are aiding and abetting them with appropriate violations of federal code, including treason.

It would be appropriate to start with the President of the United States and his previous Attorney General.

Since they were the next target of investigation after the prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation in 2008, lets first prosecute CAIR and all of its leaders nationwide, because, after all, they are terrorists.

Hamas is a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization after all.

Republican Presidential candidates responded by asking for prayers for the victims of this attack.

President Obama and Hillary Clinton responded to the attack in San Bernadino by calling for more gun control.

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Also see:

The Flames of War Come to San Bernardino, CA

The Inland Regional Center Source: Mario Anzuoni (Reuters)

The Inland Regional Center
Source: Mario Anzuoni (Reuters)

The ISIS Study Group, Dec. 3, 2015:

At approximately 1100 hrs (SoCal time) a shooting began at the Inland Regional Center (MAP,) (MAP2)located at the Southern California Inland Empire (San Bernardino) in what has the makings of a cell-based attack. Two members of this cell were wearing full kit (BDUs, body armor etc) along with assault rifles. Thus far the casualty count is 14 dead, 17 wounded – but that number will likely change within the next 24-48 hrs. The primary target appeared to have been a gathering (Christmas party) at the center. As for the attackers, local police were able to find two of these individuals and neutralized them, a man and a woman. The third individual (getaway driver?) was arrested. So is this a case of “workplace violence” or the dreaded “climate change” that creates terrorists? Hardly – but the Obama administration would love to have you believing that.

San Bernardino shooting live updates: Syed Farook named as a suspect in attack that killed 14
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-bernardino-shooting-live-updates-htmlstory.html

14 PEOPLE KILLED IN SHOOTING AT INLAND REGIONAL CENTER IN SAN BERNARDINO
http://abc7.com/news/14-people-killed-in-shooting-at-san-bernardino-social-services-facility/1106844/

One of the individuals involved has been identified as Pakistani-American Raheel Sayid Rizwan Farooq (variant-Farooq Sayid, Syed Farook). Our friend Sayid here studied Finance and Business Administration at Cal State Fullerton and found work in the banking sector. He also did a gig at a Domino’s Pizza before finally snagging a job as a health inspector for the county (yeah, a bit of a career change, isn’t it?). He was also described to us as being a “devout Muslim.” Publicly the media and law enforcement are only talking about the two who were killed, but there are more involved on the facilitation side. The facilitators are likely managing other cells. Its also worth noting that Sayid’s home address being in Corona yet he spent a lot of time at another residence in Redlands that we suspect belonged to his brother – although this is unconfirmed. Our sources report that the guy’s neighbors had concerns about him and the people coming and going from his residence – we found the part about bringing over packages to be very, very interesting. BTW, we hear 3-4 individuals were staying at the Redlands residence. Interestingly enough, there was a suspected IED found at this location. We’re working to flesh out the details that will be in follow up articles.

EXCLUSIVE: Father of San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Farook says son worked as health tech inspecting restaurants, hotels
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/suspect-involved-calif-massacre-identified-article-1.2453471

Sayid in happier times Source: The ISIS Study Group

Sayid in happier times
Source: The ISIS Study Group

A more “professional-looking” Sayid Source: The ISIS Study Group

A more “professional-looking” Sayid
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Sayid is quite the “family man,” isn’t he? Source: The ISIS Study Group

Sayid is quite the “family man,” isn’t he?
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Social media accounts known for being official Islamic State (IS) mouthpieces had posted some rather interesting things:

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Source: The ISIS Study Group

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Source: The ISIS Study Group

And here’s some more from IS fanboys:

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You can get the translations of what was Tweeted out in the following VOCATIV piece:

EXCLUSIVE: ISIS Adherents Praise San Bernardino Massacre, “America Burning”
http://www.vocativ.com/news/256909/isis-san-bernardino-mass-shooting-america-burning

Sayid is assessed to be the lead planner for the attack and the individual most likely to be in contact with the guy facilitating their operation. Furthermore, the woman who was killed – identified as Tafsheen Malik – may be his wife or girlfriend (still working to confirm), which isn’t that uncommon in the jihadist world – it just tends to occur outside of the US (check out “The Women of ISIS and “Sexual Jihad” for more info). Another thing to consider is that the equipment used and the weaponry utilized aren’t things that come cheaply and makes the possibility of a separate guy facilitating the operation more likely. Sayid was likely the one in contact with this individual. The way the attackers targeted the Regional Center is also indicative of planning and training that probably took place over a period of months. The High Desert and Big Bear-areas offer a plethora of locations suitable for such training without drawing the unwanted attention of law enforcement. They went in fast and hard, hitting their target and doing a tactical withdrawal. Sayid’s presence at the party prior to the attack was likely him casing the target just before “showtime.” As of this writing its too early to say if this event has any connections to the IS External Operations Division. Its also worth noting that although the IS propaganda outlets have praised the attack, they have not yet claimed responsibility. That said, the posts they made on social media does imply that someone in the structural IS leadership may have known about the plot in advance, although that’s conjecture on our part. As you probably figured by now, the situation remains fluid (like the Paris attack we covered recently). When we come across more information, we will update accordingly…

Another interesting tidbit on Sayid is that he traveled to Saudi Arabia to pick up his wife he met online.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-syed-farook-had-traveled-to-saudi-arabia-married-appeared-to-live-american-dream-co-workers-say-20151202-story.html

The Women of ISIS and “Sexual Jihad”
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=1321

Also see:

ISIS: Target America
http://isisstudygroup.com/?p=1196

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And this from Breitbart:

EXCLUSIVE–Islamic State Supporters Speculate Whether Lone Wolf Jihadists Carried Out CA Mass Shooting

The Logic of Islamic Intolerance

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Frontpage, by Raymond Ibrahim, Dec. 2, 2015:

A sermon delivered by popular Saudi Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid clearly demonstrates why Western secular relativists and multi culturalists—who currently dominate media, academia, and politics—are incapable of understanding, much less responding to, the logic of Islamic intolerance.

During his sermon, al-Munajjid said that “some [Muslim] hypocrites” wonder why it is that “we [Muslims] don’t permit them [Western people] to build churches, even though they allow mosques to be built.”  The Saudi sheikh responded by saying that any Muslim who thinks this way is “ignorant” and

Wants to equate between right and wrong, between Islam and kufr [non-Islam], monotheism and shirk [polytheism], and gives to each side equal weight, and wants to compare this with that, and he asks: “Why don’t we build them churches like they build us mosques? So we allow them this in return for that?”  Do you want another other than Allah to be worshiped?  Do you equate between right and wrong? Are Zoroastrian fire temples, Jewish temples, Christian churches, monks’ monasteries, and Buddhist and Hindu temples, equal to you with the houses of Allah and mosques? So you compare this with that? And you equate this with that?  Oh! Unbelievable, for he who equates between Islam and kufr [non-Islam], and Allah said: “Whoever desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter he will be among the losers” (Koran 3:85).  And Prophet Muhamad said: “By Him in whose hand is the life of Muhamad (By Allah) he who amongst the Jews or Christians hears about me, but does not affirm his belief in that which I have been sent, and dies in his state (of disbelief), he shall be of the residents of Hellfire.”

What’s interesting about the sheikh’s zealous diatribe is that, although “intolerant” from a Western perspective, it is, in fact, quite logically consistent and reveals the wide gap between Islamic rationalism and Western fantasy (despite how oxymoronic this dichotomy might sound).

If, as Munajjid points out, a Muslim truly believes that Islam is the only true religion, and that Muhammad is its prophet, why would he allow that which is false (and thus corrupt, cancerous, misleading, etc.) to exist alongside it?  Such gestures of “tolerance” would be tantamount to a Muslim who “wants to equate between right and wrong,” as the sheikh correctly deplores.

Indeed, not only does Islam, like traditional Christianity, assert that all other religions are wrong, but under Islamic law, Hindus, and Buddhists are so misguided that they must be warred against until they either accept the “truth,” that is, converting to Islam, or else being executed (Koran 9:5). As for the so-called “people of the book”—Jews and Christians—they may practice their religions, but only after being subdued (Koran 9:29) and barred from building or renovating churches and synagogues and a host of other debilitations that keep their (false) religious practices and symbols (Bibles, crosses, etc.) suppressed and out of sight.

From an Islamic paradigm—where Allah is the true god and Muhammad his final messenger—“intolerance” for other religions is logical and difficult to condemn.

The “altruistic” aspect of Islamic “intolerance” is especially important.  If you truly believe that there is only one religion that leads to paradise and averts damnation, is it not altruistic to share it with humanity, rather than hypocritically maintaining that all religions lead to God and truth?

After blasting the concept of interfaith dialogue as beyond futile, since “what is false is false—even if a billion individuals agree to it; and truth is truth—even if only one who has submitted [a Muslim] holds on to it,” the late Osama bin Laden once wrote that “Battle, animosity, and hatred—directed from the Muslim to the infidel—is the foundation of our religion. And we consider this a justice and kindness to them” (The Al Qaeda Reader, pgs. 42-43).

Note the altruistic justification: It is a “justice and kindness” to wage jihad on non-Muslims in the hopes that they convert to Islam.  According to this logic, jihadis will always be as the “good guys”—meaning that terrorism, extortion, sex-jihad, etc., will continue to be rationalized away as ugly but necessary means to altruistic ends: the empowerment of, and eventual world conversion to, Islam.

All of this logic is alien to postmodern Western epistemology, which takes for granted that a) there are no objective “truths,” certainly not in the field of theology, and that b) religion’s ultimate purpose is to make this life as peaceful and pleasant as possible (hence why “interfaith dialogue” in the West is not about determining the truth—which doesn’t exist anyway—but finding and highlighting otherwise superficial commonalities between different religions so they can all get along in the now).

The net result of all this? On the one hand, Muslims, who believe in truth—that is, in the teachings of Islam—will continue attacking the “false,” that is, everything and everyone un-Islamic.  And no matter how violent, Islamic jihad—terrorism—will always be exonerated in Muslim eyes as fundamentally “altruistic.” On the other hand, Western secularists and multiculturalists, who believe in nothing and deem all cultures and religions equal, will continue to respect Islam and empower Muslims, convinced that terrorism is an un-Islamic aberration destined to go away—that is, they will continue disbelieving their own eyes.  Such is the offspring of that unholy union between Islamic logic and Western fallacy.

Islam, Jihad, and our Ignorance

mosqueinabujaPolitically Short, by Nick Short on Nov. 28, 2015:

“Ignorance kills. In war, ignorance brings defeat, especially for those who are sworn to support and defend us,” writes Stephen Coughlin in his latest book Catastrophic Failure: Blindfolding America in the Face of Jihad. Coughlin continues, “While ignorance is not a crime for the average person, it is for professionals concerning subject matter that is the object of their professions. Why shouldn’t this hold true for national security professionals? For them, one requirement is that they know the enemy by undertaking real threat identification of entities that constitute actual threats to the Constitution and people of the United States.”

The refusal to account for the doctrinal elements of Islam in our national security analyses constitutes the professional malpractice that Coughlin was alluding to as our threat doctrine has been reduced to strategic incomprehension and incoherence. In wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris that took the lives of 130 and injured 350 others, Coughlin ominously warned back in April that this strategic incoherence in the War on Terror “will increasingly be measured by news stories that reveal senior leaders’ inability to answer basic questions about the nature of the enemy and his environment. It will also manifest itself in official responses to terrorist attacks that become progressively less reality-based.” Yet, as Americans, Parisians, and virtually every citizen living within Western society grows more outraged by yet another failure of intelligence in stopping the latest jihadist attack, “those professionally and constitutionally tasked with keeping them safe continue to lack awareness, understanding, and even professional curiosity about the doctrines that drive the enemy to action,” notes Coughlin.

For our enemies, the implementation of Islamic law known as sharia is both the objective and the basis in which they routinely states their justification for attack. Our enemy openly declares that they are engaged in a global jihad as Islamic law serves as their doctrinal driver to commit murder in order to establish an “Islamic state”, or Caliphate, governed by Islamic law.  Osama bin Laden stated the following in 2002:

Muslims, and especially the learned among them, should spread Shari’a law to the world — that and nothing else. Not laws under the “umbrella of justice, morality, and rights” as understood by the masses. No, the Shari’a of Islam is the foundation. … In fact, Muslims are obligated to raid the lands of the infidels, occupy them, and exchange their system of governance for an Islamic system, barring any practice that contradicts Shari’a from being publicly voiced among the people, as was the case in the dawn of Islam. … They say that our Shari’a does not impose our particular beliefs upon others; this is a false assertion. For it is, in fact, part of our religion to impose our particular beliefs upon others. … Thus whoever refuses the principle of terror[ism] against the enemy also refuses the commandment of Allah the Exalted, the Most High, and His Shari’a.

“Jihad in the cause of Allah” is what the enemy claims it is doing, whether it be the now deceased leader of al-Qaeda or the current leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. To the exclusion of all other reasons, including “underlying causes” such as economic deprivation, “climate change”, or poverty, the root cause always traces back to Islam itself and the enemy doesn’t just make this claim. What the jihadis say they will do tracks exactly with what they do.

The concepts of jihad given expression by so called “extremists” can be found in the body of Islamic law as defined by recognized authorities and authoritative sources as the legal description has remained consistent across the 1400 year span that incorporates today’s recognized authorities. Defined as “warfare against non-muslims to establish the religion,” the rules of Islamic law pertaining to jihad have remained consistent regardless of whether it was defined by an eighth century Arab, a ninth century Uzebki, a 12th century Spaniard, a 14th century North African, or even a 20th century Arab, Pakistani, Indian, Malaysian or American. “All conformed to the idea that jihad does not end until the world has been made the dar al-Islam,” notes Coughlin, adding “because there is agreement among the scholars on the status of jihad, it belongs to the fixed inner sphere of Islamic law that can never be changed.

“Yet, the requirement of jihad neither begins nor ends with the kinetic aspects of warfare. Coughlin notes that Islamic law divides the world into two states, dar al-Islam (the house of Islam and peace) and dar al-harb (the house of War, which is the world of the infidel and the region of perpetual warfare) with jihad being an unabrogable obligation for Muslims until the dar al-harb is eliminated and the people of the book ‘pay the jizya (tax) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (Qur’an 9: 29).” Anyone who comes from the dar al-harb has the status under Islamic law of harbi (enemy). As a country not governed by Islamic law, the United States resides in the dar al-harb, therefore we Americans are harbi.

To elaborate on this concept, Coughlin cites Majid Khadduri, a professor at John Hopkins University who wrote War and Peace in the Law of Islam (1955) and published his translation of the classic 8th-century treatise Shaybani’s Siyar (1966). The Siyar is among the oldest testaments on international relations and the law of war in Islamic law. Khadduri in War and Peace in the Law of Islam writes:

It follows that the existence of a dar al-Harb is ultimately outlawed under the Islamic jural order; that the dar al-Islam is permanently under jihad obligation until the dar al-Harb is reduced to non-existence; and that any community accepting certain disabilities must submit to Islamic rule and reside in the dar al-Islam or be bound as clients to the Muslim community. The universality of Islam, in its all-embracing creed, is imposed on the believers as a continuous process of warfare, psychological and political if not strictly military.

It’s imperative to understand this concept for even when a fighting jihad is not underway, a “continuous process of warfare” is waged at the psychological and political levels. Khadduri states this as a matter of doctrine— because the “dar al-harb is ultimately outlawed under the Islamic jural order; … the dar al-Islam is permanently under jihad obligation until the dar al-harb is reduced to non-existence.” It is from this context that those who believe, as our current adminstration repeatedly reminds us, that we are “not at war with Islam” can be refuted as Islam has and will continue to remain at war with us as a continuous process of psychological, political, and kinetic warfare.

Through this concept of Islamic warfare, a substantial effort is placed on the “preparation stage”, the object of which is to induce a collapse of faith in the cultural, political, and religious institutions underpinning the target. A very clear example of this doctrine is Pakistani Brigadier General S.K. Malik’s The Quranic Concept of War. As Coughlin explains, “In the Quranic Concept of War, Malik emphasized the importance of laying the groundwork for successful military operations. He explained this preparatory stage as a ‘dislocation of faith’ in the target nation’s sense of security and in the capability of its leaders to defend its territory. The inability of the target population’s leadership to protect its citizens in the face of a terror campaign signals the beginning of kinetic operations in earnest. At some point, dawah (issuing of summons) transitions to jihad.” Elaborating on the concept of dawah, Coughlin highlights that it is “often defined as the ‘invitation’ or ‘call to Islam,” the meaning and purpose of which is more extensive and closely associated with jihad. In fact, much of what is popularly called “stealth jihad” are actions taken in preparation for jihad in the dawah phase of operations as explained by Malik when he states the following:

The Quranic strategy comes into to play from the preparation stage, and aims at imposing a direct decision upon the enemy. Other things remaining the same, our preparation for war is the true index of our performance during war. We must aim at creating a wholesome respect for our Cause and our will and determination to attain it, in the minds of the enemies, well before facing them on the field of battle. So spirited, zealous, complete and thorough should be our preparation for war that we should enter upon the ‘war of muscles’ having already won the ‘war of will’. Only a strategy that aims at striking terror into the hearts of the enemies from the preparation stage can produce direct results and turn Liddell Hart’s dream into a reality. To instill terror into the hearts of the enemy is essential in the ultimate analysis to dislocate his faith. An invincible faith is immune to terror. A weak faith offers inroads to terror.

In the early phases of dawah, one should expect to see an emphasis on penetration and subversion campaigns directed at cultural, political, media, and religious institutions. Actions taken in the early dawah phase are aimed at compromising a community’s core beliefs which substantially contributes to the sense of hopelessness that is exponentially magnified when a jihadist finally commits an act of terrorism. From this perspective and contrary to Western notions of “separation of church and state,” Islam in general defines itself in unitary terms as a complete way of life governed by a single body of law that comes from Allah who retains sole sovereignty. Thus, Islamic law is the legal system “extremists” emulate and seek to impose when fighting jihad both kinetically and non-kinetically.

The refusal to understand the enemy’s doctrine, which tells him not to strike until he has assessed that we are already defeated in our own minds, lends credence to the notion of why we are so routinely caught of guard when a jihadist strikes. Judging by the fact that the FBI currently has nearly 1,000 ongoing ISIS probes in the United States with 82 individuals affiliated with ISIS having been interdicted by law enforcement since March of 2014, the enemy has assessed that the time has come to unleash kinetic attacks as we have already been defeated within our own minds.

“Most importantly,” notes Dr. Sebastian Gorka in his latest ThreatKnowldgeGroup special report on ISIS: The Threat to the United States, “nearly one third of the domestic ISIS cases in the past 18 months involved people who planned to carry out attacks against Americans on U.S. soil. In other words, one third of those interdicted calculated that the best way to serve the new Islamic State and its Caliph, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, is to wage jihad here on the soil of the infidel.” The primary reason that we have seen a 300 percent increase in terrorist arrests in the United States beginning in 2014 compared to the average monthly arrests of al Qaeda suspects since the 9/11 attacks of 2001 is because of the proclaimed caliphate established on June 29, 2014.

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch explains that “the Islamic State’s June 29, 2014, proclamation of itself as the caliphate, which in Islamic theology is the Islamic nation, embodying the supranational unity of the Muslim community worldwide under a single leader, the caliph, is the key to [understanding] its appeal to so many Muslims worldwide.” Spencer elaborates, “the caliph is the symbol of the unity of Muslims worldwide, in traditional Islamic theology, Muslims worldwide constitute a single community [known as an umma] and are rightfully citizens of the Islamic Caliphate.” Moreover, if we look to the book Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law that has the imprimatur of Al-Azhar University in Cairo which is the intellectual heartbeat of Islam, we find that it certifies as conforming “to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community” in which only the caliph is authorized to declare “offensive jihad” in order to “make war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians.” The caliphate, this Sharia manual says, is “both obligatory in itself and the necessary precondition for hundreds of rulings established by Allah Most High to govern and guide Islamic community life.” It quotes the Islamic scholar Abul Hasan Mawardi explaining that the caliph’s role is “preserving the religion and managing this-worldly affairs.”

As Spencer notes, “since the caliph is obligated to wage offensive jihad, we can expect that with the coming of the Islamic State caliphate there will be even more jihad in the wold than here has been recently.” This is because of the appeal that the Caliphate has upon Muslims who are devoutly religious and since the Islamic States’ theology is straightforward with the Qur’anic justifications for their actions being based on the plain words of the text, the appeal will continue as the tens of thousands of Muslims who have already joined ISIS from all over the world testifies to the resonance of their literal reading of Islam’s holy book.

In closing, since adherents to sharia and a strict interpretation of Islam have sworn to destroy us, it is their doctrine that we are required to know. Whether that doctrine is judged by us or this adminstration to be accurate with “genuine” Islam is wholly irrelevant. If it can be demonstrated, which it has been, that the enemy that attacks and kills Americans and seeks to subvert our Constitution refers to and relies on the implementation of sharia to guide and justify his actions, then that is all that matters in terms of the enemy threat doctrine U.S. civilian and military leaders must thoroughly understand and orient upon for the purpose of defeating such foes. As Coughlin concludes, “failing to orient on an enemy’s self-identified doctrines not only violates our own doctrine on threat analysis but renders us unable to defeat the enemy because we have failed properly to identify him.” Such a catastrophic failure of intelligence defies the rules of warfare reaching back to Sun Tzu on the requirement to “know the enemy.” It also completely defies common sense and the canons of professional conduct of our leadership.

We are at war and it’s time we as a nation orient our strategy to reflect it.

Nick Short, a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. Politically Short offers a millennials perspective over today’s news outside the beltway of Washington D.C.

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Former Al Qaeda Terrorist: Another Attack Coming in ‘Two Weeks’

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Megyn, seemingly hearing verses from the Hadith and Quran calling for jihad for the first time, asks “is that radical Islam?”

Fox News Insider, Nov. 17, 2015:

An ex-terrorist who later became a CIA double agent says a second public attack is likely to occur within the next fortnight.

“I believe that within the next two weeks, we will have an attack,” Morten Storm, a Danish former Al Qaeda member, said on “The Kelly File” tonight.

“The people who are on the run at the moment from ISIS in Europe are very desperate, and they know their time’s up, and they will need to do as much damage as possible,” he explained.

Storm said the security situation in Europe has become “quite severe.”

“And I also believe that copycats in America will do their best to do what their brothers have done in Europe,” he said.

Staging an attack here would be “a bit different,” because borders here are more tightly controlled, Storm noted.

But on the other hand, people here have more access to firearms, he said.

He says terrorist militants may focus on “softer targets” in America, such as civilians in “shopping malls,” he said.

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During the interview Storm reads from the Hadith and the Quran to get across to the audience that we need to understand where the jihadists are getting their ideology from. Megyn Kelly, looking extremely alarmed, interrupts him and asks in a shocked tone of voice, “is that radical Islam?!” as if she had never heard those verses before. ***sigh***