Why Islamic States Can’t & Don’t Defeat Terror: Excuses Instead of Willpower

Human Rights Voices, April 13, 2017:

In a UN report on countering terrorism, Muslim states present a series of excuses for terrorism, including “foreign occupation” (i.e. Israel), “xenophobia,” and “alienation.” The report, “Capability of the United Nations System to Assist Member States in Implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy,” was released on April 13, 2017 and contains the following statements:

Pakistan: “11. We believe that without addressing the underlying and root causes of terrorism, we will only be fighting its symptoms. We have always advocated that … foreign occupation, denial of the right to self-determination and political and economic injustice, as well as political marginalization and alienation contribute to the spread of terrorism. Therefore, it is important not to delink terrorism from its political context.”

Turkey: “6…preventive efforts in the framework of pillars I and IV should focus on combating intolerance, social exclusion and all forms of xenophobia.”

Saudi Arabia on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation: “3.. terrorism cannot be addressed in isolation from political contexts.”

Date
April 13, 2017
Title
Capability of the United Nations system to assist Member States in implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Report of the Secretary-General, A/71/858

Attempts to define terrorism perpetrators as “victims”

The UN’s shift in focus to preventing violent extremism has become a tool to attack the counter-terrorism operations of developed countries. The latter are accused of offenses against the supposedly aggrieved extremists, offenses such as engaging in systemic religious discrimination and human rights violations. The special focus on prevention is abused to delegitimize self-defense or lawful “security” responses. False narratives of victimization reduce essential military options. At the same time, actual drivers of terrorism and violent extremism are selectively omitted (like antisemitism, rejection of free speech, misogyny, and homophobia).

Secretary-General

  • Capability of the United Nations System to Assist Member States in Implementing the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, Report of the Secretary-General, A/71/858, April 13, 2017
    Written reply by Pakistan: “11. We believe that without addressing the underlying and root causes of terrorism, we will only be fighting its symptoms. We have always advocated that … foreign occupation, denial of the right to self-determination and political and economic injustice, as well as political marginalization and alienation contribute to the spread of terrorism. Therefore, it is important not to delink terrorism from its political context.”
  • Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, Report of the Secretary General, A/70/674, January 7, 2016
    “27…Violations of international human rights law committed in the name of state security can facilitate violent extremism by marginalizing individuals and alienating key constituencies, thus generating community support and sympathy for and complicity in the actions of violent extremists. Violent extremists also actively seek to exploit state repression and other grievances in their fight against the state. Thus, Governments that exhibit repressive and heavy-handed security responses in violation of human rights and the rule of law, such as profiling of certain populations, adoption of intrusive surveillance techniques and prolongation of declared states of emergency, tend to generate more violent extremists…”

General Assembly

  • The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review, A/70/L.55, July 1, 2016
    “Reaffirming Member States’ determination to continue to do all they can to resolve conflict, end foreign occupation…”
  • 2016 United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy Review, July 1 and 7, 2016
    • Algeria’s Statement, July 7, 2016
      “To be more explicit, the international community can not flee its responsibilities with regard to realization of the right to self determination of all peoples that are still under foreign occupation and alien domination. We welcome, in this regard, the reaffirmation through this year’s resolution of Member States’ determination to continue to do all they can to resolve conflict, end foreign occupation…”
    • Lebanon’s Statement, July 7, 2016
      “When dealing with counter terrorism, we must also keep in mind that it should not be associated with other principles recognized under international law, such as the right to self­ determination and to resist foreign occupation. In this regard, my delegation would like to denounce the attempts from one delegation to label the legitimate right to resist foreign occupation as terrorism…”
    • Saudi Arabia’s Statement on Behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, July 1, 2016
      “The OIC affirms that there is a need to make concerted determined efforts to effectively address the root causes, drivers and conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism, including preventing unlawful use of force and aggression, ending foreign occupation…”
  • ‘Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward,’ hosted by the United Nations and the Government of Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, April 7-8, 2016

    Organization of Islamic Cooperation: “We’re confronted with a faceless enemy, with no face or creed, which lurks in the shadows of fear and frustration, breeds on despair and disillusionment, and is fed by foreign occupation…It’s a manifestation of growing anger, hatred, and sense of helplessness against continuing wars, injustice, oppression, and the denial of fundamental freedom and rights, particular to those of Palestinians… Muslims are suffering from the scourge of terrorist groups and the Islamophobic policies and discourse.”

    Pakistan: “Why is violent extremism growing in areas which have faced persistent foreign intervention and occupation where people have long been struggling for their legitimate right of self-determination?… It is very clear that violent extremism is being pushed by … foreign occupation … a key factor in the recent rise of violent extremism has been … continued foreign occupation… Will not the rising trends of xenophobia and Islamophobia contribute to strengthen the extremists?… In recent years there’s been a disturbing rise of extreme right-wing parties driven by xenophobic Islamophobic impulses in the West.”

    Syria: “Violent extremism is a multidimensional phenomenon, thus fighting and preventing it should not rest on a selective approach to its goals and root causes. That includes foreign occupation, discrimination and xenophobia.”

    Iran: “In this connection, extremist ideology and hate speech in the media against Muslims should not be condoned in the name of freedom of expression, which helps create conditions conducive for the spread of violent extremism.”

    Jordan: “Among the drivers of violent extremism are unresolved and protected conflicts and foreign occupation. All efforts should, therefore, be focused on resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and ending occupation, which provides pretext for recruiting purposes and spreading violent extremist ideologies.”

    Qatar: “We reiterate the importance of the Plan of Action to prevent violent extremisms and to eradicate all the drivers, such as the continuing conflicts, occupation… Facing such a challenge, Mr. Chairman, requires an international joint response and a comprehensive strategy to end conflicts in the world, namely: ending the Israeli occupation of Arab and Palestinian territories and establishing an independent and sovereign State of Palestine… Also, some parties are using violent extremism acts in order to fuel Islamophobia and other acts of terrorism. Attacking religious symbols would also give more excuses to extremists and their recruiters.”

    Egypt: “There are other main drivers to violent extremism or terrorism that were not identified in the Plan of Action, such as … racism, and xenophobia, defamation of religion… the Action Plan did not include a reference to all the drivers within states leading to violent extremism and, therefore, to terrorism such as Islamophobia and actions that are insulting to Islam and to the Prophet under the pretext of freedom of expression as well as treating Muslims as second class citizens as well as other reasons.”

    Kuwait: “And we call upon the need … to look into the reasons behind this phenomenon, like … occupation…”

    Bahrain: “Israeli occupation of Arabic lands and Palestine for a long time are main factors, are reasons behind this phenomenon.”

    Oman: “[T]here is a need to address all aspects of Islamophobia… occupation are among the causes that provoke extremism.”

    Sudan: “I mean the main manifesto of those political parties is based on this anti-Muslims tendency and anti-Arabs, and I think this is very, very alarming. So the Islamophobia and many, I mean, challenges I think needs to be-needed to be addressed… We are facing, or rather this comes in the roots of many of the international problems that we are facing nowadays, including … Islamophobia, and the provocative media that is targeting Islam and the figures of Islam…. Foreign occupation is indeed the incubator, the main incubator that breeds terrorism and violent extremism… We are facing, or rather this comes in the roots of many of the international problems that we are facing nowadays, including the international occupation issue…”

  • Egypt’s Statement at the ‘Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism – The Way Forward,’ April 7, 2016
    “The Report or Plan by the SG [UN Secretary General] lay down 5 main drivers namely; Lack of socioeconomic opportunities – Marginalization and discrimination- Poor governance, violations of human rights and the rule of law- Prolonged and unresolved conflicts- Radicalization in prisons. I would agree with both socioeconomic opportunities and prolonged and unresolved conflicts as well as long-time grievances as we have seen in Palestine, especially Gaza… Meanwhile, there are other main drivers to violent extremism or terrorism that were not identified in the SG Plan of Action such as (1) foreign domination and occupation that deny peoples the opportunity to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination, (2) racism and xenophobia, (3) defamation of religion… “
  • General Assembly Debate on Secretary General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, February 12 and February 16, 2016
    • Algeria’s Statement, February 16, 2016
      “The struggle against violent extremism and terrorism must also include the rejection against xenophobia and Islamophobia, which are emerging as the new faces of violent extremism.”
    • Iran’s Statement, February 16, 2016
      “Foreign occupation, which is per se a manifestation of violent extremism, has been used to incite violence out of desperation and hopelessness.”
    • Lebanon’s Statement, February 16, 2016
      “Addressing root causes, drivers, political grievances, or whatever we want to call them, of violent extremism, is crucial: foreign occupation … and impunity, tend to create fertile ground for violent extremism.”
    • Malaysia’s Statement, February 16, 2016
      “We are concerned at the increase of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, resulting in the upsurge of Islamophobia, a phenomenon which is an affront to the human rights and dignity of Muslims.”
    • Egypt’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “Additionally, the plan has not contained a reference to all the reasons inside the states leading to violent extremism, which in turn gives rise to terrorism such as Islamophobia and other reasons…Let us be candid. If there is a serious desire to take action, the international community must realize that Israel’s continued occupation of Palestine is one of the main reasons behind the proliferation of violent extremism leading to terrorism in addition to internal interference in the internal affairs of states, offending Islam and the Prophet (peace be upon him) on the pretext of freedom of expression, treating Muslim citizens as citizens of second class in some other states…”
    • Israel’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “Unfortunately, in Israel the threat of terrorism is all too real. For decades, Israel has been at the forefront of confronting terror and radical ideology. Over the course of the past few months alone, 30 Israelis have been killed by terrorists, and over 300 have been injured in hundreds of attacks… We must not allow excuses for terror – ‘no ifs and or buts’ – terror is terror is terror… Some in this chamber seek to infuse politicization into this discussion – but this background noise must not be allowed to hijack this important topic…”
    • Jordan’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “I would like to state that the continued Israeli-Palestinian conflicts and the failure to achieve just and permanent solution that fulfills the aspirations of the Palestinian people will lead to more violence and hatred.”
    • Maldives’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “Islam is increasingly being associated with terror and extremism. Islamophobia, as a spectrum of negative expressions continues to expand rapidly…”
    • Pakistan’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “Injustices done to peoples under foreign occupation, denial of the right to self-determination, long-festering and unresolved international disputes … create conditions that are exploited by violent extremists and terrorists to propagate their twisted ideologies…Negative stereotyping, stigmatization, discrimination and intolerance all need to be rectified to prevent violent extremism… Xenophobia, in particular Islamophobia, is on the rise in the West. This has so far gone unchecked and unfortunately unprincipled, xenophobic politicians have sought to build their political fortunes by spreading fear and deliberate mischaracterization of people of other faiths or culture…”
    • Qatar’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “Attempts by some entities to use single violent incidents and link it with no evidence to specific religions such as Islamophobia [are] misleading and thwart the efforts to verify the reasons behind terrorism. Offending symbols of specific religions give pretext to the extremists to recruit their supporters.”
    • Saudi Arabia’s Statement on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), February 12, 2016
      “On a comprehensive approach to tackle terrorism, the OIC believes that due attention and concrete plan of actions must address the following aspects and dimensions of the phenomenon of terrorism…The deep impact and legacy of historical injustices done to colonized peoples or those under occupation where sufferings and the forced destruction of their national institutions, culture, and identity and the denial of their rights to self-determination. The potential of external actors penetrating terrorist and extremist groups for the purpose of serving their own political agenda, and the threat of non-Arab and non-Muslim fighters…The OIC expresses serious concern over the increase of intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, resulting in the upsurge of Islamophobia, a phenomenon which is an affront to the human rights and dignity of Muslims…In this regard, the OIC calls upon all states to prevent any advocacy of religious discrimination, hostility, or violence and defamation of Islam by incorporating legal and administrative measures which render defamation illegal and punishable by law and also urges member and observer states to adopt specific and relevant educational measures at all levels…”
    • Sudan’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “We cannot talk about violent extremism without mentioning foreign occupation, which is the main incubator of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as well as of violent extremism conducive to terrorism…”
    • Syria’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “My delegation stresses that efforts of preventing violent extremism will not succeed unless the international community put an end to the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan and other occupied Arab territories, and stop the violent extremism and terrorism perpetrated by Israeli settlers against the Arab citizens living under occupation. The Israeli violent extremism is backed by the extreme Israeli governments that refused and rejected international legitimacy resolutions, and seeks to create, in the occupied territories, a one religion state that excludes the followers of other faiths.”
    • Venezuela’s Statement, February 12, 2016
      “…the long-term solution to the threats posed today by violent extremism must absolutely require political solution to conflicts in countries like … Palestine. These protracted crises further exacerbate conflicts and serve as a breeding ground for violent extremism, for bolstering organized transactional crime; they facilitate the flow of financing and training of foreign terrorist fighters and, therefore, expanding the capacity of action for terrorist organizations.”
    • United Arab Emirates’ Statement, February 12, 2016
      “The Plan of Action needs to address other factors that propel extremism, most notably foreign occupation and ‘State terrorism.'”
  • General Assembly High-Level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation: Fostering Peaceful, Inclusive Societies and Countering Violent Extremism, April 23, 2015
    • Syria’s Statement, April 23, 2015
      “Mr. President, those that think that groups such as Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra, Boko Haram, Jemaah Islamiya occurred spontaneously or by accident are deluding themselves or they are just choosing to look away. There are real networks that explain how these groups developed. The most visible are Zionism, the fatwas that have been issued and the extremist educational programs, and the authorization by certain governments of terrorism and extremism as a tool for implementing political agendas that are very doubtful in Syria or elsewhere.”

6 thoughts on “Why Islamic States Can’t & Don’t Defeat Terror: Excuses Instead of Willpower

  1. All the bombs in the world are useless against Muslim terrorists because millions of them are living among us in our democracies while undermining and terrorizing us in our own nations

    Muhammad declared TOTAL WAR against all non Muslim humanity 1400 years ago. His current followers are Terrorizing Plundering Conquering Raping Slaughtering at will 80% of non Muslim humanity called KUFFAR/ Infidels be they Christians Buddhists Hindus Jews and all others

    Contrary to what most of the criminally negligent Media Academia Politicians and Clergy tell the world this NOT a CIVILIZATION WAR but a war of BELIEFS (Theological) and hence can only be defeated on the battlefield of KNOWLEDGE!

    The whole of Islamic theology stands or falls based entirely on a single IDEA: That Allah the god of Muslims is the SAME as the God of the Bible.

    Everything to do with Islam, Muslims, Muhammad, Sharia, Quran and Sunna are OBLITERATED in less than TEN minutes by simply PROVING beyond a shadow or even a reasonable doubt that no god called Allah or angel called called Jibril ever revealed ANYTHING to Muhammad who concocted the whole of his Quran while PRETENDING it is from Allah.

    Muhammad is Allah. PERIOD!

    All other explanations, theories, platitudes and explanations are IRRELEVANT and unnecessary
    Since Allah is NOT the God of the Bible, Islam is not a RELIGION. Islam is a CULT; the Cult of Muhammad

    Any challengers to prove me wrong?

    IQ al Rassooli
    Kafir & Proud!

  2. IQ al Rassooli,

    I like your style…thank you for “telling it like it is” and exposing the truth about Islam to anyone who is willing to listen!!! You are a telling the cold hard truth 100%…and I urge people to listen to you! I urge anyone who cares enough and wants to know the truth about Islam to listen to IQ al Rassooli…who exposes the brutal truth about Islam!

    I have been doing my best to study Islam since the early 1980s …while serving professionally as a U.S. Army Special Forces operator training with and/or fighting against Muslims in Beirut, Lebanon at the height of the civil war; Bosnia; and in Iraq. I have firsthand face-to-face real world experience interacting closely and socializing with Muslims. My Master of Science degree studies are in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies from a major private university. For over 34 years I have I have devoted much of my time studying and learning all that I can about Islam so that I can better understand the modus operandi (the mindset, psychology, manner of thinking, and the Islamic Manuals of War) of this most insidious and dangerous of savage enemies of the kuffar.

    As you have articulated so well during the Hagmann & Hagmann interview Islam does not want the kuffar to have Islamic knowledge, knowledge, or knowledge! For a kafir to have knowledge about Islam is not unlike sunlight or holy water to a vampire! That is why the Islamic theocratic doctrine is so difficult to learn, for example, the Koran is not in chronological order, is overly repititious, does not have Mohammad’s life woven through it, and of the 114 suras the largest are up front and the smallest are at the end! This is why one cannot sit down and read the Koran (as if it were a novel or a normal book), because it is designed to be difficult to understand! However, If one were to put the 114 suras into chronological order, weave Mohammad’s life into it, and remove all the repetition, then and only then is it readable and understandable. However, the Koran does not instruct a Muslim how to be a Muslim – what teaches a Muslim how to be a Muslim is the Sunna (Sira and Hadith) of Mohammad. You are correct that Islam is not a legitimate religion, it is only a Cult of Personality about Mohammad.

    One small point, Palestine is not a state….the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is currently comprised of 56 states plus the Palestinian Authority.

    Thanks to Hagmann & Hagmann for having you on their program.

    Continue to be the fearless truth-teller! Thank you sir!

    Armed Infidel

    • Hey Armed Infidel, if you were in Lebanon during that civil war, that would make you about my age.

      I encourage my readers to read Bill Warner’s Abridged Koran to understand the full context of Mohammed’s “revelations” as they happen in chronological time. He was a fraud. And in addition to I. Q. Rasooli, the best discussions on this come from David Wood and Robert Spencer.

      • Yea, I turn 30 years old next month!! 😏

        Great advice on I.Q. Rasooli, Bill Warner, David Wood, and Robert Spencer!

        The entirety of Bill Warner’s (https://www.politicalislam.com) body of work on Islam is masterful and reasonably priced! Mr. Warner has made Islam so easy to learn that even a liberal can understand it! Which is kind of hard to believe…😂

        Concerning his “An Abridged Koran,” Mr. Warner writes, “The Koran may not be understood on it own. The key to its understanding is the life of Mohammed. If you read the Sira and Hadith first, then you will find the Koran can be comprehended. Resist the temptation to jump into the mystery of the Koran without reading “Mohammed and the Unbelievers” and “The Political Traditions of Mohammad.”

        De Oppresso Liber my friend!
        Have a safe and joyful Easter

    • Thank you ArmedInfidel for your kind remarks

      Muslims have not once in almost 30 years been willing to debate me or collect a dime from over $1,500,000 worth of challenges

      NOTHING in all what people reveal how DEPRAVED Muhammad and his followers are is as CATACLYSMIC to Islam as proving that their god called Allah is NOT the same as the God of Jesus Moses and Abraham that they allege he is

      This FACT immediately and unconditionally DISCREDITS Muhammad as a prophet and the alleged divine origin of his Quran thus utterly negating the Muslim claims that Islam is a RELIGION when in fact it is a CULT; the Cult of Muhammad

      Slowly but most assuredly, our messages are getting through and will eventually overcome Islam

      IQ al Rassooli
      Kafir & Proud!

      • It is my honor and pleasure to fight along side you sir! Let me leave you with the profound and memorable closing statement of a speech given by the great Geert Wilders on April 29, 2009 at the Free Speech Summit, Mar Largo, Palm Beach, Florida:

        Why I Am in America Fighting for Free Speech.

        Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, of course, we in Europe, we in the
        Netherlands, I myself, have not forgotten to whom we owe our Liberties.
        Our Liberties were bitterly fought for by American Soldiers. American
        soldiers fought, bled, and died for the European freedom. American
        soldiers did not die for an Islamized Europe, they died for a free
        Europe. We owe, we owe something to those brave men, those brave American
        men, their legacy can not be squandered and cannot be given away.

        The third President and his spiritual father of this great Nation, once said
        and I quote: “The price of Freedom is eternal vigilance” as so often Thomas Jefferson was right.

        Our freedom must be safeguarded, and it is, we, ourselves, as we are
        sitting here, that must do so, that must act. A period of inattention of
        dropping our guard, for even a short while, might cost us our freedom,
        just like that. It has happened before in history, please let us not
        allow it to happen again.

        Everything we stand for has to be defended, everything we are, everything
        we have, with all our might, our identity, our culture, our democracy,
        our freedom and our civilization is at stake.

        We owe it, Ladies and Gentlemen, to our children..

        So Ladies and Gentlemen, I leave you with the expression of our
        determination. We will never give up, we will never give in, we will
        never never, ever, surrender.

        Thank You.

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