Islam, Sport & Terrorism

2013-Olympic-Rings-Sochi-300x186By Paul Wilkinson:

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will commence in early February. Instead of the usual pleasurable anticipation, the Russian authorities are rightly concerned as to what plans Islamic terrorists have in store. Terrorists from Dagestan in the Caucasus, where Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev intended to join the insurgency, are within striking distance of Sochi to launch an attack, as Rachel Molschky writes here.

Islamists see sport as ‘un-Islamic’ and therefore fair game to push their religious and political agenda by attacking spectators and participants alike. The brutal double Volgograd suicide bombings on consecutive days in late December by Muslims, and then the recent discovery of six men who had been fatally shot and left in cars booby-trapped with bombs in southern Russia, have sent a chilling reminder of the threat that Caucasus Emirate leader, Doku Umarov, made to Moscow last summer concerning the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: “Call off the Games or hundreds of people die.”

There is a ready supply of female suicide bombers, and (as of August 2013), “in the last 12 years, 46 women have turned themselves into suicide bombs in Russia, committing 26 terrorist attacks (some attacks involved multiple women). Most of the bombers were from Chechnya and Dagestan.Anna Nemtsova explains further that these women, known as ‘Black Widows’, typically have life trauma that pushes them into a radical mindset. Some will marry an Islamist who gets killed and becomes a martyr for the cause, but the widows left behind become marginalised by society and their peer group, so begin their own journey to martyrdom.

Sport is seen as a way of bringing different countries, religions and cultures together, and gives pleasure to billions of people. Indeed many Muslims enjoy sport, especially cricket and football, but unsurprisingly, the fundamentalists find conflict because only sports mentioned during Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime by Hadith, (for example, archery, swimming, polo, etc.) are ‘permissible’. Only where Islam exists can such a potent mix occur and then pose a danger to sport.

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Female Suicide Bombers

Mayhem at the site of the Sbarro suicide bombing in 2001. Photo Source: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-friends-account-from-minutes-before-the-sbarros-bombing/

Mayhem at the site of the Sbarro suicide bombing in 2001. Photo Source: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-friends-account-from-minutes-before-the-sbarros-bombing/

By  Rachel Molschky:

It’s no phenomenon. A large number of suicide bombers are women. Though Islamic women have very few rights other than the right to get arrested for adultery after getting raped, the right to receive a beating by their husbands, fathers or brothers, or the right to be murdered in an honor killing for “suspiciously” talking on the phone, becoming “too Westernized,” or getting an education, one right their male counterparts freely grant them is the right to become suicide bombers. Yes, Muslim women are free to blow themselves up along with as many innocent victims as possible.  And they do.

In 2001, The High Islamic Council in Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa in order to motivate more women to become suicide bombers. In 2002, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, once the spiritual leader of Hezbollah and responsible for the 1983 Beirut bombing which killed 241 American and 58 French servicemen, gave his blessing not only for suicide bombings in general, but also to the equality of women in this venture. Known to be against honor killings and domestic abuse against women, and therefore applauded for his stance on women’s rights, even in the Western media, his view of women as equals extended to those who contribute to Allah’s cause by blowing themselves up: “It is true that Islam has not asked women to carry out jihad, but it permits them to take part if the necessities dictate that women should carry out regular military operations or suicide operations.” The fact that this man was revered for his support of women just goes to show the media is desperate to find anything to paint Muslims in a good light.

The former Hamas spiritual leader, Sheikh Yassin, and Egypt’s Yusuf al-Qaradawi were also evidently pioneers in the fight for Muslim women’s rights, as both have encouraged women to commit the heinous act of suicide bombing, and doing whatever they have to do in order to get the job done. That includes not wearing a hijab, not getting their husbands’ permission or having a male escort. It is all ok because it is for Allah.

One motivation is the glory they’ll receive in the afterlife. Murdering innocent people, even children, is celebrated in the Muslim culture if they think it will further Islam. And they become immortalized after streets, schools and other things are named after them. In her book Female Suicide Bombers,author Debra D. Zedalis writes, “there are ‘religious, nationalistic, economic, social and personal rewards’ for suicide bombers… religion offers the moral justification for committing seemingly immoral acts. Nationalistic fanatics court suicide bombers and use rhetoric to stir up feelings of patriotism, hatred of the enemy, and a profound sense of victimization.”

Zedalis goes on to explain the financial rewards given to the families of the bombers and the reason why women are now vital to this form of Muslim terrorism: the enhanced media attention it brings. There seems to be a greater shock value when the perpetrator was female, and more women desire this role of Shahida, a female “martyr.” Killing innocent people is their form of martyrdom.

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Al-Qaeda’s Female Suicide Bomber Death Cult

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Islamist terrorists have long used women as suicide bombers, but now their combatant role has expanded with al-Qaeda’s formation of an all-female jihadist fighting unit whose primary mission is purportedly to attack Coalition targets in Afghanistan.

The discovery of the all-girl military group, dubbed the “Burkha Brigade,” came to light in a recent online video that showed a bevy of fully covered women firing off a wide selection of heavy weaponry, including machine guns, assault rifles, and rocket-propelled grenades.

The women enlistees are thought to have been recruited from Chechnya, the semi-autonomous republic in the Russian Federation and a state which has long provided fertile ground for producing female jihadists.

That disturbing history was most notably on display in 2002 when bomb-strapped Chechen women were among 50 Islamist militants who held over 800 people hostage in Moscow’s Dubrovka Theater. In that assault nearly 130 civilians were killed.

While Muslim women, dressed as males, have in the past fought alongside Islamist militants, the creation of an all-female fighting force adds a new twist in the escalating use of women combatants by al-Qaeda, the Taliban and other Islamist terror groups in the region.

Yet, while the overall use and effectiveness of the all-girl fighting brigade remains unclear, it is likely that its formation will not eclipse the feminine combative role most favored by Islamist terrorists: suicide bomber.

That terrifying function is, unfortunately, ideally suited for women given Islamic restrictions against searching females. Those taboos often allow Muslim women to hide explosive-laden suicide vests underneath their burqas and pass undetected through security checkpoints.

It should be noted that while women are highly valued by jihadists as human projectiles, children and the mentally impaired used in that same capacity are equally prized by Islamist terrorists.

The Taliban, in particular, has a predilection for utilizing youthful suicide bombers given that nearly ninety percent of the estimated 5,000 suicide bombers trained in Pakistan are under the age of 16. As Pakistani Taliban commander Qari Hussain once explained, “Children are tools to achieve God’s will, whatever comes your way you sacrifice it.”

However, not to be outdone, al-Qaeda has shown an appreciation for utilizing the mentally impaired for its suicide operations. Al-Qaeda in Iraq energetically used this tactic when it employed mentally handicapped women, many with Down Syndrome, to carry out suicide attacks against American and Coalition forces during the Iraq war.

Nevertheless, the use of women as human explosives has gained growing admiration among Jihadist circles. This admiration has been evidenced since 2010 by the growing swell of al-Qaeda and Taliban-run suicide training camps along the Afghan-Pakistan border designed to specially train female bombers.

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