Islamists use false moral equivalence to blunt post-jihad negative PR

pc0179By Adam Savit:

In the wake of the recent jihadist murder in London, Editor Sheila Musaji of the American Muslim published an article entitled “Mohammed Saleem and Lee Rigby both victims of senseless, extremist violence.”  In it, she draws equivalence between the brutal murder of soldier Lee Rigby in London, and the brutal murder of a Muslim man in the city of Birmingham, England (not London as she mistakenly writes) the month before:

“Both of the victims were innocent of any wrongdoing.  Both crimes were equally unprovoked, brutal and vicious.  Both victims were killed in a particularly horrific attack.  The families of both victims are suffering equally.  Why then, the difference in public outrage at the perpetrators and interest or compassion for the victims?”

Why the difference?  Because the butchery of Rigby has global political implications. A British soldier was slaughtered in broad daylight and purposely displayed on a busy public street to maximize propaganda value, and then the murderers deliberately told the world about their motivation in detail.  On video.

The more telegenic killer, Michael Adebolajo, made clear that he was murdering in the name of Islam, complete with direct references to the Quran:

…[W]e are forced by the Qur’an, in Sura At-Tawba [the 9th “sura,” or chapter of the Koran] through many ayah [verses] in the Qu’ran, we must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

He then delivers an explicit threat that no British man, woman, or child would be free from jihadist targeting as long as they refuse to run their government based on the dictates of shariah, rather than popular will:

You people will never be safe. Remove your governments, they don’t care about you. You think David Cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? You think politicians are going to die? No, it’s going to be the average guy, like you and your children.

In stark contrast, Ms. Musaji herself notes that no individual or group has taken credit for the Saleem murder in the month since his death, and that the U.K. authorities are treating it as a ‘possible’ racially motivated attack.  Even if the motivation was racial, the Saleem murderer(s) slinked back into the darkness and stayed silent, as is the typical modus operandi of criminals who are notseeking to make political hay out of their attack.

Islamists in the West are understandingly uncomfortable with condemning jihadist acts, because the jihadists have many of the same goals as their non-violent fellow travelers.  The non-violent Islamists use methods that they believe are more effective than terrorism, including infiltration of civil society, legal intimidation, and media propaganda.  As a matter of strategy, they prefer to focus on the “backlash” against Muslim communities following jihadist events in the West rather than the jihadist events themselves.

The mainstream British press has focused on the “200 Islamophobic incidents since Lee Rigby’s killing,” even though those apparently include thought crimes such as “offensive” Tweets, and an 85-year-old woman yelling in front of a mosque.

Meanwhile, Sheila Musaji has contrived a case of “retroactive backlash,” in which the brutal murder of a Muslim man in April is conflated with a jihadist assault on the very foundations of the British nation a month later.

Even the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, in the form of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), is trying to inject itself into the exploding U.K. “backlash” scene from across the pond. They have just released new security guidelines for UK mosques through the website.  The Egypt-based site openly promotes the religious screeds of the late militant Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb, perhaps the most prominent Muslim Brother in history.

Just another case of Islamists covering for Islamists.  Nothing to see here.

Source: Center For Security Policy


Three Convicted in Massive British Terror Plot


Irfan Khalid, Ashik Ali and Irfan Naseer

Irfan Khalid, Ashik Ali and Irfan Naseer

IPT - by John Rossomando:

A court in Birmingham, England has convicted three men of plotting to carry out a suicide bombing campaign inspired by the late terrorist mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki.

Irfan Khalid, Ashik Ali and Irfan Naseer were radicalized by Awlaki’s lectures and by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula’s Inspire magazine, which regularly featured the terrorist mastermind’s articles prior to his death in a September 2011 drone strike.

Police found lectures by al-Awlaki on Khalid’s cell phone, including “The Book of Jihad,” “It’s a War against Islam,” “Brutality towards Muslims” and “Stop Police Terror.”

According to the Telegraph, Khalid encouraged his fellow plotters to listen to al-Awlaki’s lectures.

Additional CD-ROMs containing talks by al-Awlaki were found in Khalid’s grandparents’ home. The terrorist leader’s messages were also found stored in Ali’s laptop and cell phone.

The trio experimented with making bombs using ammonium nitrate they removed from sports injury cold packs. Experts told the court they could have developed a viable improvised explosive device (IED) using their bomb-making recipe.

Such tactics resemble the sort of “Open Source Jihad” tactics advocated in Inspire that call for small groups or individual jihadists to make bombs and other weapons using readily available ingredients.

“They wanted to commit their own 9/11. They were critical of the July 7 [2005] bombers because they didn’t kill enough people,” said Marcus Beale, assistant commissioner of the West Midlands Police, the Guardian reported. “From evidence we presented to the court there were 8-10 bombs that they wanted to deploy, a mixture of suicide bombs and IEDs. So in terms of their capability, if they delivered on the plans that they had they would have committed mass murder on a horrendous scale.”

A coordinated series of bombings in London in 2005 killed 52 people in what is known as the 7/7 attacks.

Another of the plans the trio discussed involving the attaching of blades to the wheels of cars to mow down pedestrians came directly from an Inspire article titled, “The Ultimate Mowing Machine.”

Al-Awlaki has been tied to numerous other terror plots, including: Maj. Nidal Hasanand the Fort Hood shooting, Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab‘s plot to blow up an airliner with a bomb in his underwear and Faisal Shahzad‘s plot to blow up a truck in Times Square. The 9/11 Commission Report also stated he was tied to two of the 9/11 hijackers.

Although al-Awlaki might be gone his message lingers in his videos that are still for sale in Islamic bookstores and in more than 2,000 YouTube videos.