Bill Warner: Winning the Jihad War

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Political Islam, by Bill Warner, June 14, 2016:

The Kafirs lost 50 to 1 in the Orlando nightclub jihad.

The reason for choosing to kill homosexuals is found in Islamic doctrine. The Koran condemns homosexuals, but offers no penalty for the crime. The Hadith (traditions of Mohammed) calls for a death sentence.

But this latest jihad killing is just one of thousands that have happened around the world. Why are we losing? We are losing the war, because we keep offering reasons to excuse Islam for the jihad.

Jihadists are never lone wolves. Every jihadist has a perfect partner in the jihad in Mohammed and Allah.

Don’t see, don’t tell. Actually, we have a stupid motto of: “If you see something, say something.” But if you report a problem about a Muslim, it will be ignored and you can be called a bigot.

We accept Sharia as another set of religious laws, like Jewish law. However, the Sharia contains evil in the form of jihad, hatred of Kafirs, killing homosexuals and apostates. All of Sharia is contaminated with evil.

We call jihad extremism. But 24% of the Koran of Medina is about jihad. If it is in the Islamic doctrine, then it is not extreme, but normal.

We call jihad imams extremist. If an imam talks about the doctrine of jihad, he is not extreme, but speaking about doctrine.

We say that Islam needs reform. How do you reform a Koran that is complete, perfect, universal and eternal?

Those who talk about political Islam are called Muslim haters, but we just talk about a political doctrine.

We cannot criticize a religion (except Christianity). Well, political Islam is not a religion, it is a political system.

Our politicians back tying the hands of law enforcement. Clergy defend Islam and refuse to complain about the killing of Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists.

So, how do we win? Our strategy: It’s the Islam, stupid! We need to attack a political doctrine by knowing it and use the right language. Every Muslim shall be held accountable for all of the jihad, Kafir hating actions and words of Mohammed and Allah. We must defeat political Islam by using political attack methods of humor, irony, ridicule and criticism of a political system.

It’s the Islam, stupid!

The Narrative and what we are not allowed to say

Screen-Shot-2015-10-08-at-2.03.24-PM-1024x408About That New Speech Code for Lawyers – Andrew McCarthy wonders if lawyers will get to prove cases against jihadist terrorists anymore.

And Steve Coughlin explains how the CVE narrative prevents us from speaking the truth about jihad:

 

Is the world going in the direction of Orwell’s 1984?

What are you going to do about it?

CJN columnist: Asking Muslims to denounce ISIS “violates the delicate multicultural balance”

Mira Sucharov. Photo: screenshot YouTube TheFletcherSchool

Mira Sucharov. Photo: screenshot YouTube TheFletcherSchool

CJN,  April 7, 2016:

Mira Sucharov, an Ameinu board member, is associate professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa and a regular columnist at Haaretz, The Globe and Mail and the Canadian Jewish News.

In an op-ed article “Democracy Means Individuals Can Choose” (CJN, December 22, 2015), Sucharov criticized the “recent call for Muslims in Canada and the United States to publicly denounce acts of terrorism” because such a call “violates the delicate multicultural balance.”

The following are excerpts from her article:

“Which is why the recent call for Muslims in Canada and the United States to publicly denounce acts of terrorism committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) and others inspired by them, is understandable – but ultimately wrong…

“Demanding that sort of stand taking by others in a civic forum violates the delicate multicultural balance that is intrinsic to a liberal democracy where the individual is the only meaningful object and subject of political action.”

Sucharov did not reply to CIJnews’ request to provide references to the “recent call for Muslims in Canada” to denounce terrorism she mentioned in her article.

Muslim organizations and individuals in Canada denounce terrorist attacks committed by the Islamic State. On November 17, 2015, the highest Muslim religious authority in Canada, the Canadian Council of Imams (CCI), issued a statement “vehemently” denouncing “ISIL killings and attacks in Paris and around the world.”

In recent years, the Canadian Council of Imams, headed by Iqbal Al-Nadvi, also condemned the ISIS attack in Brussels, the terrorist attack in Ottawa, the abduction of Christian girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, the sectarian violence in the Muslim world, and the terrorist attack in Toulouse.

Iqbal Al-Nadvi serves also as the Amir (President) of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Canada. On its official website, ICNA Canada shares with its members, followers and supporters the book “Riyad us Saliheen”. The book which appears on ICNA Canada site adds modern commentary to the verses from the Qur’an and hadith.

The following are excerpts from the book which deal with the duty of jihad and and its offensive role in fighting heresy in the world in order to bring about an Islamic global dominance:

Polytheists and infidels should be invited to Islam, and if they reject the invitation, then Jihad be made against them…

l. The objective of Jihad. This objective warrants that one must struggle against Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (polytheism) and the worship of falsehood in all its forms. Jihad has to continue until this objective is achieved. This contention is supported by a Hadith, to the effect that Jihad will continue till the Day of Resurrection…

It is incumbent on the Muslims to wage Jihad against them to wipe out Kufr and Shirk and raise the banner of Tauhid everywhere.

This Hadith strongly refutes the people who distort the Islamic concept of Jihad and hold that Islam preaches defensive war only. It is an apologetic approach because defensive war has to be fought in any case by every nation and country. Thus, it is a compulsion and needs no justification.

The real distinction of Islam lies in its enjoining Muslims to wage war for upholding the truth beside fighting for their own defense.

The domination of Kufr, Shirk and falsehood is darkness, heresy and tyranny, and the objective of Islam is to purge the world of all these evils.

It aims at liberating man from the worship of man, set them on the path of worship of Allah, and to provide a just and equitable society to mankind.

Wherever in the world there is tyranny, ignorance and heresy, Muslims are bound to fight such evils and finish them by means of Jihad.

There is also a third form of Jihad which is waged against countries where Muslims are victims of aggression, suppression and cruelties of the non-Muslims. It is incumbent upon Muslims to liberate their brethren in Faith from the clutches of the non-Muslims by means of Jihad…

It is evident from this Hadith that so long as Kufr [disbelief] is present in this world, it is necessary to wage Jihad against it to finish it off, and so long as all the disbelievers do not openly accept Islam and adopt the Islamic way of life, Muslims are duty- bound to make Jihad against them.”

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Read about Riyad-us Saliheen

To understand how the concept of jihad has evolved read Jihadist Ideology: The Core Texts

The Islamic definition of terrorism is the killing of a Muslim without right. 

Stealth jihadists use language deceptively. Learn the definitions of Islamic terms here: Islam’s Deceptive Use of Western Terminology

Obama: Islam Inherently Violent? Absurd!

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That’s something only the “Republican base” believes. Along with all too many Muslims.

Frontpage, by Robert Spencer, March 31, 2016:

Barack Obama is amused.

“I’m amused,” he said in remarks published Tuesday, “when I watch Republicans claim that Trump’s language is unacceptable, and ask, ‘How did we get here?’ We got here in part because the Republican base had been fed this notion that Islam is inherently violent, that this is who these folks are. And if you’ve been hearing that a lot, and then somebody shows up on the scene and says, well, the logical conclusion to civilizational conflict is we try to make sure that we’re not destroyed internally by this foreign civilization, that’s what you get.”

Where would anyone get the crazy idea that Islam was inherently violent? Well, the day’s headlines might give us that very strong impression, but Obama would tell us (and has told us) that those Muslims who are screaming “Allahu akbar” as they murder non-Muslims are, despite appearances, not really Muslims at all, but just people who have twisted, hijacked, misunderstood the Religion of Peace.

It is, true, however, that there are plenty of Muslims who tell us that Islam is inherently violent. Here are a few of them:

“Jihad was a way of life for the Pious Predecessors (Salaf-us-Salih), and the Prophet (SAWS) was a master of the Mujahideen and a model for fortunate inexperienced people. The total number of military excursions which he (SAWS) accompanied was 27. He himself fought in nine of these; namely Badr; Uhud, Al-Muraysi, The Trench, Qurayzah, Khaybar, The Conquest of Makkah, Hunayn and Taif . . . This means that the Messenger of Allah (SAWS) used to go out on military expeditions or send out an army at least every two months.” — Abdullah Azzam, co-founder of al-Qaeda, Join the Caravan, p. 30

“If we follow the rules of interpretation developed from the classical science of Koranic interpretation, it is not possible to condemn terrorism in religious terms. It remains completely true to the classical rules in its evolution of sanctity for its own justification. This is where the secret of its theological strength lies.” — Egyptian scholar Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd

“Many thanks to God, for his kind gesture, and choosing us to perform the act of Jihad for his cause and to defend Islam and Muslims. Therefore, killing you and fighting you, destroying you and terrorizing you, responding back to your attacks, are all considered to be great legitimate duty in our religion.” — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his fellow 9/11 defendants

“Allah on 480 occasions in the Holy Koran extols Muslims to wage jihad. We only fulfill God’s orders. Only jihad can bring peace to the world.” — Taliban terrorist Baitullah Mehsud

“Jihad, holy fighting in Allah’s course, with full force of numbers and weaponry, is given the utmost importance in Islam….By jihad, Islam is established….By abandoning jihad, may Allah protect us from that, Islam is destroyed, and Muslims go into inferior position, their honor is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligation and duty in Islam on every Muslim.” — Times Square car bomb terrorist Faisal Shahzad

“So step by step I became a religiously devout Muslim, Mujahid — meaning one who participates in jihad.” —Little Rock, Arkansas terrorist murderer Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad

“And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives, and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for Jihad.” — Texas terrorist bomber Khalid Aldawsari.

Obama would dismiss all these as “extremists” who are not really Muslim at all and have nothing to do with Islam. Yet one also might get the impression that Islam is inherently violent from the authoritative sources in Sunni Islam, the schools of Sunni jurisprudence (madhahib):

Shafi’i school: A Shafi’i manual of Islamic law that was certified in 1991 by the clerics at Al-Azhar University, one of the leading authorities in the Islamic world, as a reliable guide to Sunni orthodoxy, stipulates about jihad that “the caliph makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians…until they become Muslim or pay the non-Muslim poll tax.” It adds a comment by Sheikh Nuh Ali Salman, a Jordanian expert on Islamic jurisprudence: the caliph wages this war only “provided that he has first invited [Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians] to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya)…while remaining in their ancestral religions.” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.8).

Of course, there is no caliph today, unless one believes the claims of the Islamic State, and hence the oft-repeated claim that Osama et al are waging jihad illegitimately, as no state authority has authorized their jihad. But they explain their actions in terms of defensive jihad, which needs no state authority to call it, and becomes “obligatory for everyone” (‘Umdat al-Salik, o9.3) if a Muslim land is attacked. The end of the defensive jihad, however, is not peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims as equals: ‘Umdat al-Salik specifies that the warfare against non-Muslims must continue until “the final descent of Jesus.” After that, “nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus’ descent” (o9.8).

Hanafi school: A Hanafi manual of Islamic law repeats the same injunctions. It insists that people must be called to embrace Islam before being fought, “because the Prophet so instructed his commanders, directing them to call the infidels to the faith.” It emphasizes that jihad must not be waged for economic gain, but solely for religious reasons: from the call to Islam “the people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the sake of religion, and not for the sake of taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree to the call, in order to save themselves from the troubles of war.”

However, “if the infidels, upon receiving the call, neither consent to it nor agree to pay capitation tax [jizya], it is then incumbent on the Muslims to call upon God for assistance, and to make war upon them, because God is the assistant of those who serve Him, and the destroyer of His enemies, the infidels, and it is necessary to implore His aid upon every occasion; the Prophet, moreover, commands us so to do.” (Al-Hidayah, II.140)

Maliki school: Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), a pioneering historian and philosopher, was also a Maliki legal theorist. In his renowned Muqaddimah, the first work of historical theory, he notes that “in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.” In Islam, the person in charge of religious affairs is concerned with “power politics,” because Islam is “under obligation to gain power over other nations.”

Hanbali school: The great medieval theorist of what is commonly known today as radical or fundamentalist Islam, Ibn Taymiyya (Taqi al-Din Ahmad Ibn Taymiyya, 1263-1328), was a Hanbali jurist. He directed that “since lawful warfare is essentially jihad and since its aim is that the religion is God’s entirely and God’s word is uppermost, therefore according to all Muslims, those who stand in the way of this aim must be fought.”

This is also taught by modern-day scholars of Islam. Majid Khadduri was an Iraqi scholar of Islamic law of international renown. In his book War and Peace in the Law of Islam, which was published in 1955 and remains one of the most lucid and illuminating works on the subject, Khadduri says this about jihad:

The state which is regarded as the instrument for universalizing a certain religion must perforce be an ever expanding state. The Islamic state, whose principal function was to put God’s law into practice, sought to establish Islam as the dominant reigning ideology over the entire world….The jihad was therefore employed as an instrument for both the universalization of religion and the establishment of an imperial world state. (P. 51)

Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Shari’ah and Law of the International Islamic University in Islamabad. In his 1994 book The Methodology of Ijtihad, he quotes the twelfth century Maliki jurist Ibn Rushd: “Muslim jurists agreed that the purpose of fighting with the People of the Book…is one of two things: it is either their conversion to Islam or the payment of jizyah.” Nyazee concludes: “This leaves no doubt that the primary goal of the Muslim community, in the eyes of its jurists, is to spread the word of Allah through jihad, and the option of poll-tax [jizya] is to be exercised only after subjugation” of non-Muslims.

All this makes it clear that there is abundant reason to believe that Islam is indeed inherently violent. It would be illuminating if Obama or someone around him produced some quotations from Muslim authorities he considers “authentic,” and explained why the authorities I’ve quoted above and others like them are inauthentic. While in reality there is no single Muslim authority who can proclaim what is “authentic” Islam, and thus it would be prudent not to make sweeping statements about what “authentic Islam” actually is, clearly there are many Muslim who believe that authentic Islam is inherently violent.

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FBI counter-terror expert sees historic Islam pivot

CCTV image of three suspected jihadists in Brussels airport bombing March 22, 2016

CCTV image of three suspected jihadists in Brussels airport bombing March 22, 2016

WND, by Leo Hohmann, March 25, 2016:

The Muslim Brotherhood and its various offshoots have chosen 2016 as the year they will turn their focus away from the Middle East and toward the Western democracies seen as ripe for revolutionary activity, says a former FBI counter-terrorism specialist and Islam expert.

The revolutionary jihad movement that swept through the Middle East and North Africa as part of the “Arab Spring” is starting to take root in Europe with attacks already carried out on Paris and Brussels, said John Guandolo.

This movement will eventually spread to the United States, said Guandolo, a former Marine and instructor at the U.S. Army War College who now provides training to law enforcement agencies that want to learn more about the jihadist network in the U.S.

That network is operated, he said, by the International Muslim Brotherhood through its many front organizations. Among them are the Muslim-American Society, or MAS; Muslim Student Association, or MSA; Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR; Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA; and North American Islamic Trust, or NAIT.

John Guandolo

John Guandolo

Guandolo, author of the book “Raising a Jihadi Generation,” said the Muslim Brotherhood is teaming up with the Black Lives Matter movement to create violent events that will surprise many police agencies in cities across the U.S.

He said parts of the strategy leaked out at the annual convention of the Muslim-American Society on Dec. 28, 2015, in Chicago.

Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, was very upfront about the U.S. Muslim community’s embracing of Black Lives Matter.

“We have direct evidence of Muslim Brotherhood-Hamas working with anarchists and Black Lives Matter,” Guandolo told WND. “You have Nihad Awad saying, ‘Black Lives Matter is our matter,’ and ‘2016 is our year to make our mark.’”

At that same convention, another Muslim Brotherhood operative, Khalilah Sabra, the executive director and project developer for the Muslim Society of America’s Immigrant Justice Center, was even more blunt.

“We are the community that staged a revolution across the world,” she said. “If we can do that, why can’t we have that revolution in America?”

Watch video of Nihad Awad and Khalilah Sabra speaking at the MAS-ICNA Convention:

Khalilah Sabra

Khalilah Sabra

Guandolo sees a further coming together of the Muslim Brotherhood entities and the forces of radical revolutionaries associated with Black Lives Matter.

“Sabra is a senior executive in the Muslim Brotherhood, but she also represents the Department of Justice in their executive office of immigration review, and she’s saying we had a revolution in the Middle East, why can’t we have one in the U.S.?” Guandolo said. “That is astonishing. These two movements are taking parallel paths.”

While Brussels was one of the most unprotected and jihadist-friendly cities in Europe, other cities are also vulnerable, not only in Europe but in America, he said.

Making the same mistakes

Guandolo said the U.S. is probably less than 10 years behind Europe in terms of the advancement of Islam.

“You have a different situation here. We’re much larger than any of the countries in Europe, and we have some significant cultural differences. But we are making the same mistakes,” Guandolo said.

“We have Jewish and Christian leaders falling over themselves to kiss the asses of Muslims, and they clearly have no clue to what Islam teaches — when Muslims are teaching one another — nor do they understand the jihadi network here and that almost all the major U.S. Muslim organizations are dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Guandolo is advising several states right now on security issues and has uploaded a wealth of information, including original source documents from the Muslim Brotherhood, on his website, Understanding The Threat.

“I do get a lot of these questions from state leaders, and I tell them, ‘You’re going to see individual acts of jihad,’ but you should think in terms of one precipitating event,” he said.

For example, in California a couple years ago, there was an attack on the power grid.

“And if they had not been able to shut that down quickly, you would have had a large portion of California without power for up to a year,” Guandolo said. “We still don’t know who did that, but it was a handful of individuals armed with weapons and wire cutters, and that could have been a huge precipitating event followed by riots and shootings. You just can’t make this stuff up. They are preparing the battlefield in every way, and we are asleep at the wheel.”

Guandolo still works in law enforcement and once commanded a SWAT unit in Washington, D.C.

“I can tell you most SWAT teams are in no way prepared for what is coming,” he said. “And I’m not talking about their equipment. They are just not mentally prepared for real, raging battle, a battle that can last eight to 10 hours on the streets. They’re not prepared for that, but that’s where we are heading.”

10,000 ISIS fighters ready to launch attacks?

While the Islamic movement is still largely focused on the Muslim world – trying to get Muslims to be Shariah compliant and to support jihad in places like Egypt, Syria, North Africa and Asia – that is getting ready to change.

“Formerly more moderate countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey and Jordan,” he said, are being pressured to become more hardline.

“So their focus, per their stated strategy by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood since 2010, really was focusing on the Muslim world. But this is the year that their strategy is supposed to turn,” Guandolo said. “They’re entering that time where they turn focus to the West.”

“So just imagine that instead of 400 fighters in Europe ready to launch attacks, just imagine if it were 10,000 of them going into Italy and storming Rome,” he added. “We think that’s incomprehensible but I would say we need to prepare for that. That day is coming. Our leaders have no clue about the history of the West’s battle with Islam. The West has fought nine wars with Islam. It’s getting ready to happen again.”

Among the presidential candidates, Guandolo sees some who he considers a work in progress and some who will never wake up to reality because they have too many ties to the wrong people.

None of the candidates are schooled in the strategies of the Muslim Brotherhood to the extent that is needed, he said, but Ted Cruz and Donald Trump offer hope that they can get up to speed based on some of their early choices as foreign-policy advisers.

Walid Phares

Walid Phares

Trump, for instance, is getting advice from Walid Phares, a former senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and Joseph E. Schmitz, a former Defense Department inspector general, both of whom Guandolo says “get it” about Shariah and jihad being the basis of Islamic teaching worldwide. These men received critical reviews in the New York Times, which said that, other than Phares, they were unknown to insiders, who were “left scratching their heads.”

In an interview Thursday with WND and Radio America, Phares, a Lebanese Christian scholar and Fox News terrorism analyst, said the fight against Islamic terror needs to be waged at the ideological level, not just with aggressive law enforcement.

Cruz’s choices of former Pentagon official Frank Gaffney was mocked by Politico, which said Cruz was drawing “from the anti-Islam fringe.”

If the establishment media are lambasting the choices by Trump and Cruz, that’s good news for conservatives who have been unhappy with the weak response of President Obama, who refuses to even utter the words “Islamic terrorism.”

Guandolo said Trump’s selection of Joe Schmitz is particularly hopeful.

“I know he understands Shariah and how it doesn’t work in our system, and he certainly understands the Muslim Brotherhood is all over this country and he understands their network,” Guandolo said.

“But then you have Mrs. Clinton, who just came out and said ‘we have a few extremists’ in Islam. Really? How many is a few? I don’t even know what that means at this point.”

States grappling with Muslim influx

Guandolo said even the most well-prepared, most conservative states, like Texas, have yet to fully grasp the extent of what they are up against. Texas has received more Muslim refugees than any other state other than California since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“In a state like Texas it’s interesting to look at the dynamics. There’s a huge jihadi presence there but you have a huge problem with false pride,” he said. “People are of the mindset ‘this is Texas, we’ll kick their butts,’ but the people they’re working with in the Muslim community are all jihadis. There’s also a huge number of people in the security community that understand what’s going on, that get it, but they fear they won’t be allowed to take action.”

Part of the Muslim Brotherhood strategy is to cast any criticism of Islam as “Islamophobic” thereby pitting Americans against Americans.

That strategy is working, Guandolo says.

“A lot of the problem is you’ve got communities battling themselves, as far as identifying the threat and what to do about it,” he said. “Humans will long tolerate great abuses, but there’s going to come a tipping point. The problem is that the tipping point for Americans – if it comes too far after the bad guys have had an advantage – we’re in trouble. That’s what’s happened in Europe. You’re dealing with leaders that are just psychotically disconnected from reality.”

The Brotherhood’s “Explanatory Memorandum” captured by the FBI in a 2004 raid lays out a strategy to use America’s own leaders and its own liberal policies to destroy the U.S. from within.

“The Muslim Brotherhood says it will destroy America … ‘by our hand,'” Guandolo said. “And so if they can get the leaders on their side while at the same time the people are waking up to what is really happening, it is their goal to destroy our faith, not just our faith in God but faith in our system, in our leadership, in our security apparatus. When citizens lose that faith and their leaders become so corrupt – not in the sense that they’re stealing money but in that they are not fulfilling their duties to protect – then you have set the stage for exactly what the Islamic jihadis want. So when they strike there is not an adequate response.”

The Explanatory Memorandum also revealed that nonviolent “civilization jihad” and later violent jihad will be launched from the mosques.

The U.S. now has upward of 2,500 mosques, and Guandolo says at least 75 percent of them are controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood through NAIT and other organizations.

The coming tragedy

“So think about a Paris-type scenario in your town or city, where you have two or three explosions and grenades going off. Then you just marry up two or three other events around the country. They don’t have to be big events, just two guys going into a school with grenades and start sawing people’s heads off,” he said. “You will have Americans losing their minds. Government will say, ‘Simmer down, we don’t know what this was,’ when everybody who still has a functioning brain knows exactly what it was.”

Guandolo says the Brotherhood has been developing its network of mosques in the U.S. since the 1980s.

He said the key to understanding Islam is to listen to what the top Islamic thinkers and imams are saying to other Muslims, then disregard what they say to non-Muslims.

“Islam is what Islam says it is. When Muslims teach Muslims, when they teach one another, they say jihad is obligatory and Muhammad is the perfect example of a man and he is Allah’s messenger and he just went out and did jihad,” Guandolo said.

‘The worst of all creatures’

Is there a peaceful, mystical form of Islam?

Guandolo says there is, but you won’t find it preached in any mainstream American mosque.

“It’s in the homes of people who may self-identify as Muslims and are teaching their children there is a way to live outside of Shariah, but the fact is that is not taught in any mosque or Islamic school. And what they teach is what Islam is.”

He points to Surah 98:6 of the Quran.

“Allah said in Surah 98:6 that non-Muslims are the ‘worst of all creatures.’ That does not mean everyone who self identifies as a Muslim is living according to Shariah, but that is not Islam as taught in the mosque. When someone seeks to impose Shariah on someone else, they’re a threat and we need to be aggressively pursuing them and we are not.”

Connecting Paris and now Brussels Attacks

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Center for Security Policy, March 25, 2016:

Frank Gaffney spoke with Michel Gurfinkiel on Secure Freedom Radio yesterday. Gurfinkiel is the founder and president of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute and the Shillman/Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

The focus of their discussion was the recent terror attack in Brussels. Gurfinkiel says that the attacks were expected by many in the security field and that numerous industry publications were predicting such an attack in February.

Gurfinkiel also compared the Brussels attack to the Paris attack of last fall:

“Belgium is a country of about 10 million inhabitants, there were something like 33 to 35 casualties, we don’t know about a few people who are in a very tight situation from hospital, there were at least 150 persons wounded, which means that proportionately to the population of Belgium, this is of the same size as the November 13th attacks in Paris.”

He also said that the attack turned Brussels into a “ghost city” almost instantly as people took shelter inside and transportation shut down.

An interesting point to note, Gurfinkiel said that Salah Abdeslam who has ties to both attacks, is a man of Moroccan descent who had citizenship in both Belgium and France.

According to Gurfinkiel, the world is viewed by Jihadists in two ways; the Islamic world and the non-Islamic world. Places like Belgium and France, where Muslims are expected to respect the law of the land while enjoying religious freedom are seen as enemies of Jihad for resisting Islam, merely for putting the nation’s laws before Islam.

“In fact there is a very thin difference between the so called moderate and fundamentalist Islam and the Jihadist Islam. The only difference is that while Jihadists say let’s make war to the West right now the moderate fundamentalists say no, we have another option which is to spread peacefully and wage war only in specific instances when somehow the West will resist some of our demands.”

Too many people in the West seem to be in denial about all of this.

We are at war, whether they believe it or not.

Secure Freedom Radio:

TRANSCRIPT

MICHEL GURFINKIEL, Founder and President of the Jean-Jacques Rousseau Institute, Shillman/Ginsburg Fellow at the Middle East Forum: Podcast: Play in new window

  • What we now know about the terrorist attacks in Belgium
  • Connection between attacks in Paris and Brussels

(PART TWO): Podcast (podcast2): Play in new window

  • Salah Abdeslam’s background
  • Difference between jihadist and fundamentalist versions of Islam

(PART THREE): Podcast (podcast3): Play in new window

  • End goal of the Muslim Brotherhood
  • Consequence of mass Muslim migration in Europe

(PART FOUR): Podcast (podcast4): Play in new window

  • Failure of intellectual and political elites to address the threat the Muslim Brotherhood poses to the West
  • Global view of Islamist radicals

(PART FIVE): Podcast (podcast5): Play in new window

  • Leaders of the Muslim world and their views concerning Shariah law
  • European attitudes concerning anti-Semitism
  • Using the ‘Israeli Model’ of counterterrorism

ISIS: “Holy war is an integral part of Islam”

unnamed (16)By Counter Jihad, March 25, 2016:

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a video response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels.  The attacks were carried out in ISIS’s name by an independent network of Muslim terrorists.  The video both endorsed their action, and repeated ISIS’s frequent call for more of what the ISIS leader calls “volcanoes of jihad.”

ISIS’s video statement reminded Muslims of the duty of jihad.  “Every Muslim who is well aware of the history of Islam, knows that the holy war against infidels is an integral part of Islam,” according to the video.

They’ve got a point.

The word jihad occurs in the Koran in 164 separate verses.  Jihad as war is set apart from the tribal warfare common to Mohammed’s lifetime, and sanctified as a special and divinely-blessed activity.  It is both a duty and an opportunity to gain in divine favor, and to enrich one’s self through the seizing of the goods of non-Muslims who do not yet submit to Islam.

Islam’s greatest philosophers endorsed this position.  Avicenna, the Persian philosopher frequently cited by Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike, wrote of jihad in this way.  Jihad was in a class of beneficial acts, he said, that were good not only for the soul but for “worldly benefits,” because you got to plunder the enemy.  (This is in his Metaphysics of the Healing, Book Ten, Chapter Three, if you are following along at home.)  He went on to write that, “as for enemies and those who oppose the law, [the legislator] must decree waging war against them and destroying them — after calling on them to accept the truth — and [decree] that their property and women must be declared free for the spoil.” (That’s in Book Ten, Chapter Five.)

Likewise, in Reliance of the Traveler:  The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, Ahamd ibn Naqib al-Misri states that “Jihad means to wage war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada, signifying warfare to establish the religion.”

This has been a consistent feature of the writings of the finest minds in Islam for a thousand years, in other words.  They are the ones behind Islamic reformer Sultan Shaheen’s remarks that “For hundreds of years now, major Muslim theologians have been engaged in creating a coherent theology of intolerance and violence in order to expand the Islamic reach.”  He clarified, “Luminaries of Islam have established a theology which primarily says that Islam must conquer the world.”

That’s all ISIS is saying.  When are we going to be honest about the depth of the problem?

Europe’s terror enclaves hidden in plain sight

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USA Today, by David A. Andelman, March 21, 2016:

PARIS — For four months, the top minds and most lethal guns in the combined security forces of France and Belgium, not to mention the computer services of Interpol, have bent every resource toward unearthing one individual — the logistical mastermind of the Paris terrorist attacks that left 130 dead last November.

Last Tuesday, four members of a Belgian anti-terrorist squad, accompanied by twoFrench liaison officers, knocked on a door in an Arab-dominated neighborhood ofBrussels. It was a routine “verification of domicile” in an apartment identified as “cold” — unoccupied, water and electricity cut for weeks. But this routine door knock uncovered the first trace of Salah Abdeslam since he slipped through the porous French-Belgium border the day after the attacks — a single fingerprint on a water glass left behind as the inhabitants fled, which incidentally it took two days to identify. Friday, Abdeslam was seized in a mass raid in the same Arab quarter where he’d grown up and where he’d apparently been hiding for months, in all but plain sight.

One stark reality has been largely lost amid the ecstasy of success in capturing, alive, Europe’s single most wanted fugitive. How was this possible — that he could remain concealed so close to home for so long? And above all, what does that mean for the ability to uncover more such plots still being hatched in Europe or the United States?

The first item for Abdeslam’s interrogators will be to determine just how wide his net might be. Sadly, most likely not all that wide, or deep. Small cells, operating autonomously, seem to be the rule. Any number of such cells may well be lurking out there — each operating independently with its own lethal mission. And per capita, there are more Belgian extremists — more than 400 — who’ve made their way to the battlefields of Syria and the ranks of Islamic State than from any other country, while France, Britain and Germany lead in terms of absolute number of ISIL recruits from European countries.

Without being overly churlish in denying the prime minister of Belgium and president of France their victory laps at a joint press conference, it would be useful if each would take a hard look at just why Abdeslam was able to remain on the loose for so long under the noses of those turning over what they thought was every rock. An instructional exercise on both sides of the Atlantic.

For a time, after the November bloodbath, there was talk of “no-go” zones in major European cities — areas, particularly Arab-dominated — where police have been unable to penetrate routinely, without the kind of massive show of force that preceded the seizure of Abdeslam. The reality is that these are less no-go zones in terms of places cops don’t dare go, than places where they get few useful results when they do show up. The police, quietly, with sensitivity and understanding, with a deep knowledge of the languages and customs of each such neighborhood, need to be there all the time. And they’re not.

More than 20 years ago, the Count Alexandre de Marenches, long-time head of French intelligence, told me that the greatest threat to his nation’s security was “an entire nation living within our country whose language we do not speak, whose customs and religion, whose hopes and fears we do not understand.” He was referring, even then, to the Islamic communities that have only multiplied in recent years and promise to multiply even further with the arrival of thousands of new refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s a question worth posing not only in Francophone Europe, but in the United States as well — the danger of the multiplication of communities where little intelligence emerges and few forces of order are truly plugged in.

In the specific case of Abdeslam, there’s the excuse that French speaking and Flemishspeaking Belgian cops have difficulty communicating, and neither group has much expertise in Arabic. There are other issues as well — the conflict, particularly in France, between domestic and international intelligence agencies, historically all too often at odds.

All of these are issues worth an urgent look in the United States. Here ISIL sympathizers can’t simply jump in a car in Iraq or Syria, pass porous frontiers and in a matter of days wind up in sympathetic communities only blocks from the targets of potentially deadly attacks. Still, America, too, must understand enemies sheltering among us. Complacency in America may be as deadly a sin as ignorance in Europe.

David A. Andelman, a member of the USA TODAY Board of Contributors, is editor emeritus of World Policy Journal and, with the Count Alexandre de Marenches, longtime head of French intelligence, co-author of The Fourth World War: Diplomacy and Espionage in the Age of Terrorism. Follow Andelman onTwitter: @DavidAndelman

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Islamic Encroachment: the Western Poverty and Lack of Education Syndrome

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Modern Diplomacy, by David Bukay, March 19, 2016:

Western political culture concentrates on the issue of poverty, misery, economic distress, social despair and lack of education that lead to homicide bombings in particular and terrorism in general. This political-cultural perception finds out a direct link between oppression, poverty and humiliation to terrorism and homicide bombings.

This follows by the assumption that remedy is addressed from its root cause: removing poverty and hunger, and providing the population with high education will lead to economic prosperity, that in turn leads to political moderation, to a democracy and open society, and that will put an end to terrorism.

Fawaz Gerges, an Arab Christian from Lebanon residing in the US, is an example of Western apologists and appeasing approach: for him,

Muslims are politically oppressed and socially repressed in their countries of birth in the West. They face racial profiling, perceived as a plague of nihilism that must be kept in isolation. Welcome nowhere, they have become the pariahs of the twenty-first century. They do not understand why they are being punished for the crimes they have not committed.

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Muslims under the age of thirty make up about 60 percent of the world’s Islamic population, yet only a tiny fraction turns to violence and terrorism.

This is also the case with the prominent Norwegian journalist Sven Egil Omdal, who believes that economic factors and social exclusion of Muslim immigrants explain the radicalization of the Muslims. He condemns those “who focus on Islamic ideas or religion or culture.” Moreover, for him “Jihad is caused by European and Western xenophobia, oppression and racism, rather than the Islamic religion and culture xenophobia. Omdal compares Israel to Nazi Germany. Israel’s jihadist Muslim enemies, openly advocate its genocide, are not to be blamed.

State Department Spokesperson, Marie Harf, told MSNBC in February 2015 that the U.S. needs to focus on the root causes that leads people to join terrorist groups, such as “lack of opportunity for jobs: “We cannot win the War on Terror, nor can we win the war on ISIS by killing them. We need to find them jobs. We need to get to the root cause of terrorism and that is poverty and lack of opportunity in the terrorist community.”

There is so much delusion in Harf’s statement and in many other claims in Western governments that one could fill volumes analyzing this profound ignorance. The same misunderstanding that Harf espouses was held by Presidents Clinton and Bush and is still maintained President Obama, who said that Boko Haram terrorist group is a “byproduct of poverty and inadequate social services.”

For Secretary of State, John Kerry, Jihadists are poor and miserable. However, if Kerry were correct in his ‘poor Jihadist’ myth, and terrorism is simply a byproduct of poverty, why isn’t Haiti and Bolivia terrorist states? Why isn’t the world plagued with African suicide bombers? This gives us a look into the federal government’s inability or unwillingness to change conventional wisdom, even when confronted with facts and credible academic studies. CIA Director John Brennan said that the recruits to the Islamic State, at least 20,000 fighters from more than 90 countries join the organization because of economic reasons. That is why the U.S. has spent and will continue to spend billions of Dollars on the assumption that poverty causes Jihad terrorism, but again and again it is proven that Jihad followers are better educated and wealthier.

Unfortunately, this so nice formula, seems so simple and logical solution, so pervasively accepted in the West, is exactly the mirror image which reflects Western fallacies and misconceptions. This is totally mistaken and is perhaps the main cause why Western civilization stumbles and fail, and why Islam will occupy the world. The chronic cluelessness of the root-cause apologists of Jihad never ceases to amaze and to embarrass. Obviously, the purpose of having a job is to improve one’s family’s life, and joining a terrorist group is not exactly a promising career choice, but more death wish. However, this so deeply rooted approach must be clearly understood and totally eliminated, as it has become the highest barrier to overcome Islamic terrorism.

It is outrageous, but not surprising if one looks at the political pattern that even 9/11 and especially since the Islamic Caliphate State (ICS) burst onto the scene have not changed the conceptions. President Obama even went so far as to deny that the Islamic State is neither Islamic nor a state; both of which it clearly is. This is what happens when you deny the existence of an ideology that people clearly see in front of their eyes.

The poverty lack of education syndrome stems mainly from the following sources:

First, culturally, Westerners cannot comprehend the ‘illogical extreme behavior’ of the Muslims, the fanatic barbarian inhumane activity, seems inconceivable to the Western mind.

Second, the media, which is the most important means of molding and shaping public opinion, uses again and again this view, and seemingly supports it without checking it.

Third, this view is highly connected ideologically with Marxist-Bolshevik academia members. Their ideological make up clearly fits their attitude in supporting “oppression,” “colonialism,” and other 19th century slogans.

Fourth, the mirror image, advanced by sociologists and criminologists, and is so prevalent in Western mind (‘we are all the same culturally’), brings us to believe in social deprivation as the cause of miseries, and the remedy of it will remove all troubles.

Fifth, this view fits so much Western values, attitudes and beliefs, as it seems to be the succeeding code of Western civilization, and therefore it fits everywhere.

This approach is more than ridiculous let alone cannot be substantiated and corroborated by scientific data. Moreover, data crystal clear proves the opposite. Indeed, it proves ignorance, lack of understanding and detachment from reality. It exactly exemplifies the mirror image which reflects Western twisted approach. To begin with, it is well known that persons armed with knowledge are ideologically-motivated and tend to extremism. On the contrary, persons who are poor and ignorant do not have the time, the knowledge, and the ability to organize and to fight for ideas.

It is a syndrome: a fanatic ideology, even a religious zealotry, increases directly with higher education. The causes and motivations for terrorism, violence and anarchism are an integral part of fanatic ideology and religious zealotry. It is proven time and again all along history: not only that poverty and education are not intertwined, but poverty leads to crime; never to terrorism.

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Muslim Brotherhood Defenders: ‘We’re Calling For Jihad Because Of Oppression’ [VIDEO]

Screen-Shot-2016-03-18-at-3.33.09-PM-e1458333877804Daily Caller, by Kerry Picket, March 18, 2016: (go to the link for video)

WASHINGTON — An Islamist organization sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood defended the Brotherhood’s mission of “uncompromising jihad.”

The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy hosted a press conference Thursday afternoon at the National Press Club, in an effort to stifle legislation sponsored by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz that would designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization. Panelists specifically criticized Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who took the country’s presidency following a 2013 coup of Egypt’s then-Muslim Brotherhood government.

Radwan Masmoudi, a panelist at the conference, insisted to The Daily Caller the necessity of “uncompromising jihad” saying that not all jihad is violent.

“I think we need uncompromising jihad against all terrorist regimes in the Arab world. Jihad is not just violence.  This is another miscommunication or misunderstanding. Jihad is struggle. That’s the correct interpretation for jihad in the Arab world language,” Masmoudi said. “Look it up in the dictionary. Jihad is struggle. It could be violent. It could be peaceful. It could be many forms of jihad. And, yes, we’re calling for jihad, because of oppression — not just in Egypt but everywhere. Jihad is non-violent. Jihad is peaceful resistance…”

Fellow panelist Nader Hashemi took offense to TheDC’s question. He responded, “You seem to be only interested in one form of terrorism — one group’s education of terrorism. You mention 2015 — the website from the Muslim Brotherhood. Do you know what’s been happening in Egypt since the coup up to 2015? I just quoted from the Human Rights Watch report. It described General al-Sisi’s coming to power in an orgy of violence as a ‘likely crime against humanity.’ That’s far worse than terrorism. Are you willing to condemn that? I don’t think so, because I don’t think you’re really interested in questioning terrorism.”

Angrily, he added, “You’re interested in defending an ideological position. You have every right to do so. You have the First Amendment, but I just don’t take your question seriously if you’re going to frame it in such a narrow way. And trying to condemn the Muslim Brotherhood in 2015 for what they put up on their website, while not talking about or acknowledging what happened and what is happening over the last 2 ½ years in Egypt, which human rights watch wrote is a likely crime against humanity and possibly the biggest killing of civilians in human history. That’s Human Rights Watch’s characterization of General Al Si Si’s rise to power. Unless you acknowledge that I cannot take your question seriously.”

Counter-terrorism expert Patrick Poole calls Hashemi’s and Masmoudi’s defense of the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission of jihad laughable.

“When the MB called for ‘uncompromising jihad in the way of martyrdom’ they weren’t talking about yoga classes and self-improvement. For them to claim that the Jan 2015 call is anything but a call to violence is fundamentally dishonest. The statement published last May by the Muslim Brotherhood clerics un-mistakenly authorized retribution against politicians, judges, security officials and supportive media personnel in Egypt. To interpret that as anything but a call for violence is equally dishonest,” Poole told TheDC in a statement.

Poole notes that Hashemi’s comments regarding jihad against the Egyptian state “is nothing short of a restatement of the violent takfiri doctrine established by Muslim Brotherhood theorist Sayyid Qutb in his book, ‘Milestones,’ that the MB apologists are now trying to say they reject.”

Qutb, a late Egyptian fundamentalist scholar, is known as the man who helped inspire 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden to ideas on jihad.

“This is precisely the doctrine that the 9/11 Commission report identified as inspiring Al-Qaeda’s worldview authorizing violence against Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” said Poole. “We see here that it doesn’t take much for them to drop their mask of moderation and return to their roots of the tactical use of terror, which is exactly why Cruz is right that they should be designated.”

Masmoudi also argued earlier that despite Muslim Brotherhood affiliate organizations from various countries being determined as engaging in or supporting terrorism by the U.S. government, the Brotherhood at large does not condone violence.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is an international movement and maybe school of thought.  These groups are not organized or linked in any direct way.  They’re mostly — they started fifty years ago as members of the Muslim Brotherhood whether in Kuwait or Palestine or Morocco or in Tunisia. Since then, they’re independent Islamic movements,” Masmoudi said.

He added, “Now some of them like Hamas or others may have joined or committed terrorist activities or acts but to come and say that all Muslim Brotherhood — all groups that are associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, that this school of thought, from Morocco to Jordan to Egypt to everywhere, this is not very untrue, because the people that are involved are very small in number compared to the majority.”

“In Egypt—the Muslim Brotherhood has an official position of denouncing violence. It’s clear. You can read all of their statements. Their official position is they’ve never advocated violence. They’ve never encouraged their [supporters] to violence. In fact, they always condemn violence. Now its possible that some of their members, especially younger members and younger generations after the coup were involved in activities or terrorist activities or violence or whatever,” he said.

Poole called Masmoudi’s claim that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has never engaged in violence as false.

“During the 1930s, 40s and early 50s, the MB in Egypt operated a terror cell called the ‘secret apparatus’ that killed foreigners, judges, and eventually the Prime Minister. That’s what prompted Nasser to crack down on them in 1954. Even the New York Times back then reported on their terrorist activity. The MB there has essentially returned to those days,” Poole said.

Nigeria: 500 Christian Villagers Slaughtered by Islamist Extremists

A torched Nigerian village after a previous attack by Boko Haram (Photo: © Reuters)

A torched Nigerian village after a previous attack by Boko Haram (Photo: © Reuters)

Clarion Project, March 17, 2016:

Extremist Muslim herdsmen have slaughtered close to 500 Christian farmers in central Nigeria in a series of ongoing attacks over the last month.

The attackers are reportedly still hiding out in the villages, making it too dangerous for survivors to return and bury the dead.

“We have corpses littered in the field like a war fought in the Roman Empire by Emperor Nero,” said Steven Enada, a development advocate campaigning against the killing, speaking to Morning Star News.

The slaughter has also left 7,000 Christian villagers displaced.

One survivor said he took the risk of coming to one of the villages with a delegation from the Nigerian president. “Entire villages were burned down completely by Fulani herdsmen. Unidentified corpses of these Christians were discovered, properties were looted by these Fulani invaders. As I speak to you, Fulani herdsmen are living in the deserted villages. I couldn’t believe what my eyes saw,” he said.

“Our people were massacred and houses burned down by the Fulani herdsmen,” said another survivor.

Leaders of the herdsmen said that the killings were in retaliation for the slaughter of 10,000 cows by the Christian farmers, a claim vehemently denied.

However, Emmanuel Ogebe, a human-rights lawyer who was part of a fact-finding mission, said logistically, killing such a large number of cattle would have been physically impossible for the Christian farmers.

“Such a mass slaughter would take weeks, and the skeletal remains of the cows would completely dot the landscape of Agatu, and the stench would permeate the air,” he said.

Rather, Ogebe said he feels the motivation was religious jihad, with extremists planning to take over the villages, as evidenced by the fact that the herdsmen were still occupying the villages.

Andy Obeya, who was part of a relief team that visited the villages along with media and activists, said only Christians and church buildings were destroyed in the attack. “There was not a single burnt mosque, where everything else was razed,” Obeya said.

While corpses were found everywhere, Obeya noted the team observed thousands of live cattle grazing on people’s farms.

Sources report the killings are continuing in the area where survivors fled.

Meanwhile, in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno, the Islamist terror group Boko Haram was believed to be responsible for an attack on a mosque in the city Maiduguri.

Authorities report at least 22 people were killed and 18 wounded when a female suicide bomber sneaked into the mosque during early morning prayers, detonating a bomb. Another bomber blew herself up outside the mosque as survivors were fleeing.

Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education is forbidden,” originated in Maiduguri and has been responsible for 20,000 deaths since 2009. Over two-million Nigerians have been internally displaced due to the group’s attacks.

A year ago, the group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Watch: Boko Haram Is Deadlier Than ISIS. Why Don’t We Care?

The Jihad in Ireland

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By Counter Jihad, March 17, 2016:

An Irish Muslim named Sajid Aslam left his family in Ireland and went to join the armies of the Islamic State.  He is far from alone.  Though Ireland is a country of only five million people — and its Muslim population a tiny fraction of that number — it has contributed more fighters to ISIS than the massive nation of India with its vast Islamic population.  Ireland has also contributed seven times as many ISIS fighters per capita as the United States of America.

Recently a religious leader in Ireland raised concerns with the police about the visit of radical preachers from Kuwait. Muslim leaders in the Irish nation asked that the preachers sign an anti-extremism pledge that they authored.  The terms of the pledge would require these radical preachers to reject al Qaeda and ISIS as well as to praise Irish gays and lesbians.

“I am not in favour of banning foreign preachers but I am in favour of being very careful about bringing foreign speakers to speak to Muslims in Ireland,” said Dr Al Qadri, who is the Imam of the Al-Mustafa Mosque in Blanchardstown and chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council….

“I believe foreign speakers should be asked to sign a statement in which they condemn Osama bin Laden, ISIS and all extremist militants, call for tolerance and respect for all people including the LGBT community, respect democracy and the permissibility to vote in western countries,” he said….  “They don’t believe in democracy and to them, Osama Bin Laden is a hero. . . Dr Al Khamees is very outspoken against Shia Muslims, not just highlighting the difference in theology, but speaking of them in a very insulting and derogatory and sectarian manner,” he said.

The problem is that such pledges are completely unreliable. Under the Islamic law principle of taqiyya, it is perfectly fine — and can even be mandatory — to lie when it is useful to the cause of spreading Islam. There is no reason to think that even such a pledge as this would not be given gladly, and falsely, in order to have the chance to spread the dangerous ideology.

And it is dangerous.  According to the media advertising the event, one of the radical preachers held a fatwa session to give legal opinions on questions from the audience.

“He could be asked all type of questions in regards to living as a Muslim in the West,” said Al Qadari.  “This could range from religious affairs to political affairs such as democracy, engagement with non-Muslims, homosexuality and people will expect and assume the verdicts he will give are binding on them.”

Al Qadri said that both Kuwaiti were preachers of Wahhabism, the sect of Islam that produced both al Qaeda and the Islamic State.  We know what kind of answers such men would give.  They would likely lead to radicalized Muslims, who might follow other Irish Muslims in joining ISIS or stay to fight at home.

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“Allah Told Me” to Stab Canadian Soldiers

hassanali-0.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoBy Counter Jihad, March 16, 2016:

In a not very surprising turn of events, the man who stabbed two Canadian soldiers claims that Allah told him to do it.

“While at the scene the accused stated that ‘Allah told me to do this, Allah told me to come here and kill people’,” Saunders said. Police had earlier said his first name was spelled Ayanie.

Security officials have been on alert for lone attacks since October 2014, when a gunman attacked Canada’s Parliament after killing a soldier at a nearby war memorial.

This falls into a much larger pattern than the one described.  In May of 2013, a British Fusilier named Lee Rigby was killed in the streets of Woolwich, a city near London.  Two Islamic converts ran him down with a car and then attacked him with knives.  He was only a short distance from his barracks.

In Chattanooga, a man who had converted others to Islam and taught them to shoot AR-15 rifles in the woods shot US Marines and Sailors.  The FBI says that we may “never know” the motive in Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez’s shooting of American servicemembers.

This followed the worst mass murder on a US military installation in American history, the Fort Hood shootings executed by Nidal Hassan.  Hassan, who had shouted “Allahu ­akbar!” during his attack involving the discharge of 200 rounds into 45 of his fellow soliders, was reported to have been in contact with al Qaeda-linked imams.

This followed the fragging of fellow soldiers by Hasan Karim Akbar, whose birth name was Mark Fidel Kools but who had changed it after converting to Islam.  He had written before the attack that “I may not have killed any Muslims, but being in the army is the same thing. I may have to make a choice very soon on who to kill.”  He chose to kill his fellow American soldiers.

In France just last year, a year marked by two major Islamist attacks on Paris, a man named Ayoub el-Qahzzani decided to commit murder on a train.  He was only stopped by the American servicemen who happened to be on that train.

In the latest incident in Canada, the response has been to raise questions about the stabber’s mental health. This follows a pattern so well-established that it has been mocked in multiple Saturday Night Live skits, most famously this one:

If only there were some common factor we could identify in these repeated attacks.  If only there were, we could devise a strategy.

Amphetamines and the Islamic State

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Counter Jihad, March 7, 206:

Paul Kan is a Professor of National Security at the United States Army’s War College, and one of the leading experts on the relationship between the drug trade and jihad.  His latest documents the ways in which ISIS is being fueled by the consumption of drugs:

ISIL and other jihadist groups have not been deterred by Islam’s theological proscription against drug use and intoxication. They are able to rationalize their use of drugs as doing what is necessary to defeat their enemies. In fact, members of jihadist groups from West Africa to the Hindu Kush consume a wide range of narcotics as a way to enable their violent operations….

The drug of choice for ISIL members is an amphetamine known as Captagon…. A Lebanese Captagon manufacturer who supplies drugs for various groups fighting in Syria says that those who consume the drug “have a thirst for fighting and killing and will shoot at whatever they see. They lose any feeling or empathy for the people in front of them and can kill them without caring at all. They forget about their mother, father, and their families.” …

In 2014, ISIL captured a pharmaceutical plant in Aleppo that produced Captagon. The drug is cheap and easy to make. Many of its precursor chemicals come into Syria across the Lebanese and Turkish borders.

In using the drug trade to fund its operations, ISIS is following a route well-paved by jihadist organizations before it.  The control of the opium production in Afghanistan funded mujaheddin operations against the Soviets before it became a major source of revenue for the Taliban against the United States.  Iran has leveraged control over the opium pipeline between Afghanistan and the Levant to create a fundraising stream for its Revolutionary Guards Corps, which profits wildly as the major distributor of narcotics in the region.  In addition to funding its own operations, the IRGC is also able to support Iranian proxy forces such as Hezbollah through its opium operations.  Hezbollah refines the opium into heroin, which has given the terrorist organization both a major fundraising stream as well as a entry point into coordination with Latin American drug cartels.

ISIS, however, is using its own product to stimulate jihadist violence.  Unlike narcotics, which tend to relax the mind and body, ISIS has settled upon an amphetamine as its chief product both for sale and consumption.  As Dr. Kan’s article describes, this drug urges the mind and body to greater efforts while eliminating the capacity for remorse or sympathy.

As with other aspects of ISIS’s ideology, the drug it is selling widely enable lone-wolf attacks far removed from its direct lines of communication.  These amphetamines are fed into a network of Muslim communities infiltrated by ISIS for recruitment and propaganda purposes as well.  The union of drugs and a theology proselytizing violence represents a threat that security organizations in the West must take seriously.