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The cheap Arabist film: “The Visitor”

June 2, 2009

The cheap Arabist film: “The Visitor”

  
 
A. Victimhood It is a total reaffirmation of “we Arabs are always innocent victims”.
 
B. Fake grace ‘Mouna’ (mother of “Tarek”) is a “bad” actress, trying so hard to pose as “gracious”, she does a terrible job in convincing, she never really projects it, but rather as a time-bomb, waiting to explode every minute.
 
C. Arabs don’t need to apologize… Richard Jenkins, playing “Walter”, the American professor who all-of-a-sudden falls in love in Tambor-drumming, apologizes again and again for the FED’s arresting ‘Tarek’, an illegal immigrant, especially when he has been deported, he apologizes helplessly to Tarek’s mother for US’ (so called) “treatment”…, yet you don’t hear any apology from Tarek or his mother for what Arabs did to Americans that caused Americans to be wary of Arab immigrants more than of any other immigrants…
 
D. Arab or African? Somehow an Arab (“Tarek”: Haaz Sleiman) stars in African type of (drumming) music, how come? Is this an attempt to “dress” Arabs as Africans, thus alienating some Africans (those carrying a grudge) against whites?
 
E. Why come? If Arabs hate it over here, Why still come and immigrate, legally or illegally? And what is the big “horror” played in the film for a LEGAL deporting of an illegal alien anyway (you hear that phrase “it’s unfair”, again and again, making sure you hear that ‘Arabs have issues’…)?
By the same token it avoids the tale of terrible corruptive and cruel governments such as Syrian, “Palestinian”, etc. where they are running from…
 
F. Stupidity, ‘Tarek’ tries to argue that “I am not a terrorist, terrorists are well connected and protected“… what kind of argument is that? Besides, there are Arab terrorists who are loners, or those well connected but pose as loners… in order not to expose their contacts.
 
G. An immigration issue? Another apparent attempt of alienating is posing “Tarek” as an “immigration” issue, thus another effort is being made by Arabism (the divider) to gather some Latinos’ support against mainstream America.
 

Islamists threaten terror attacks in Germany (For betraying ‘Granddad Hitler’ / Islamo-nazism)

April 23, 2009

Islamists threaten terror attacks in Germany (For betraying ‘Granddad Hitler’ / Islamo-nazism)
adnkronos ^ | 04,22,09

Terrorism: Islamists threaten terror attacks in Germany

Berlin, 22 April (AKI) – The Al-Qaeda linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan on Wednesday released a video threatening the “criminal” German government and citizens of the Jewish faith, according to German media.

In the video, the third released this year, shows a man identified as “Commander Mohammad”, who criticises the presence of German troops in Afghanistan.

The man accuses “the sons of Germany of being in the service of the Jews” unlike “Granddad Hitler”.

Investigators believe the video’s release may be linked to a major Islamist terrorism trial which opened on Wednesday at a high-security court in the northwestern German city of Duesseldorf .

In the trial, three Germans and one Turkish national are accused of planning a series of simultaneous bomb attacks against discos and pubs and the United States airbase in Ramstein and against Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office.

Two of the German suspects are converts to Islam while the third is a German citizen of Turkish descent. They face charges of belonging to a terrorist organisation, plotting murder, and conspiracy to conduct a bomb attack.

The trial is expected to last one to two years. If the defendants are found guilty, they could face prison terms of up to 15 years.

Prosecutors claimed the men were planning to use about 10 times as much explosives as were used in the deadly July 2005 attacks on London transport that killed 56 people and injured thousands.

The plot was at an advanced stage and the attacks could have killed over 50 people, according to police.

Around 300 German federal agents were involved in monitoring the cell for several months, before police swooped in on the group in what was one of Germany’s biggest anti-terror operations to date.

Three of the defendants were arrested in the Germany’s western Sauerland region and the fourth was arrested in Turkey and extradited to Germany in November last year.

Prosecutors say the four men belong to a little-known group called the Islamic Jihad Union with roots in Uzbekistan and ties to Al-Qaeda.

http://www.adnkronos.com/AKI/English/Security/?id=3.0.3239023359


Chilling terror video released on internet

Islamist extremists threaten attacks on Germany

By Einar Koch

A chilling new terror video which warns of attack on Germany has been posted on the internet by Islamist extremists.

The video, created by the Islamic Movement Uzbekistan (IBU), has been released to mark the start of the trial of alleged terrorists in Düsseldorf.

In the short film, a man identified as ‘Commander Mohammad’ criticises Germans and Jews and slams the country’s “criminal government”.

He said: “Your grandfather Hitler killed the Jews, but today your sons are in the service of the Jews.”

Scenes from the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York also appear on the video.

The video – the third one this year to aim threats at Germany – comes from a group supposedly linked to the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

Two weeks ago, an Uzbek website posted a video featuring Moroccan Islamist Albu Ibraheem, who is already well known to security services, which also contained images glorifying 9/11.

According to the security services, this video is a call to radical Islamists, mostly Turks, living in Germany.

There are concerns that an attack in Germany is being planned. State secretary August Hanning said: “We are making preparations.”

The terror trial, which starts today, is the biggest Germany has seen and will take place under strict security measures.

Four suspected terrorists from the Islamic Jihad Union are to appear before the court. They are accused of planning car bomb attacks in Germany’s largest cities.

The BFV security service is concerned about the increasing number of militant Islamists coming into Germany having attended training camps.

Related news
Terrorists have struck again in Pakistan, killing at least 20 in an attack on a police academy.
It was the second terrorist attack in Pakistan in a month – the Sri Lankan cricket team were targeted on March 3 when they left a stadium on the second day of a test match.
The ‘Bonn Bomber’ – Osama bin Laden’s German al-Qaeda terrorist – has threatened to launch bomb attacks in Germany.

http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/world-news/2009/04/22/terror-video-on-internet/islamist-extremists-threaten-attacks-on-germany.html

Major Islamic massacre by twin suicide bombing in Iraq – Diyala province with the capture of Leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

April 23, 2009

Major Islamic massacre by twin suicide bombing in Iraq – Diyala province with the capture of Leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

Iraq Suicide Bomb Attacks Kill or Injure Almost 200 (Update1)

By Caroline Alexander and Ali Sheikholeslami

April 23 (Bloomberg) — Two suicide bombings in Iraq left almost 200 people dead or injured, including Iranian Shiite Muslim pilgrims, as Iraqi security forces announced the arrest of al-Qaeda’s leader in the country.

There were at least 105 casualties among six busloads of Iranians targeted at a roadside restaurant in Diyala province as they traveled to a shrine in Karbala, Iran’s state-run Fars news agency said without providing details. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said 70 were killed or wounded, while Agence France-Presse put the death toll at 45.

While violence has ebbed in the country as a whole after a surge in U.S. troops and as Sunni Muslim insurgents turned against al-Qaeda, the bombings highlight the fragility of the country’s security. There were no immediate claims of responsibility for today’s attacks.

In Baghdad, 31 people died, including 10 police officers, and 51 were hurt in a bombing in a square in the center of the capital, Fars said, citing the city’s police commander. A female suicide bomber carried out the attack, detonating her explosives belt in a crowd of civilians and Iraqi security forces in the Karradah neighborhood, the PUK said.

The al-Qaeda leader was captured by Iraqi security forces in Baghdad’s al-Risafa district, the PUK said on its Arabic- language Web site, citing security spokesman Major General Qassim Atta, who declined to provide further information.

Sunni Insurgents

Shiite pilgrims have frequently been targeted by Sunni insurgent groups, in incidents that Iraqi government officials say are aimed at stoking sectarian violence. Today’s attack on pilgrims is one of the deadliest assaults on Shiite worshippers in Iraq since 149 people were killed in March 2007 while heading to Karbala in buses and on foot. That was among the worst attacks since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Iraqi security officials identified the al-Qaeda leader captured today as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the PUK said. The Interior Ministry said in March 2007 that its forces had arrested al-Baghdadi, a claim it later retracted. In July 2007, the U.S. military said al-Baghdadi never existed.

Analysts have said Abu Omar al-Baghdadi may be a title invented by al-Qaeda to give any non-Iraqi leader of the group in Iraq an identity that would promote acceptance in the country. Last year al-Arabiya television identified al-Baghdadi as Hamid Dawoud al-Zawi. Fars today identified him as Abdullah Rashid Saleh, saying he was born in Baghdad in 1947 and went to Afghanistan in 1987 to meet with Osama bin Laden.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aIiojGZgFYEU&refer=home

75 Killed in Iraq Blasts
Voice of America – April 23, 2009‎
By VOA News Two major suicide bombings in Iraq have claimed the lives of at least 75 people, one of the most violent days in the country in more than a year.
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-23-voa35.cfm

Suicide Bombers Kill More Than 70 in Baghdad, Diyala Province
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2009/04/23/ST2009042302380.html Washington Post

Omar al-Baghdadi, head of an al Qaeda umbrella group called the Islamic State of Iraq, was seized in Baghdad during a major military operation, according to Gen. Qassim Atta, spokesman of the Baghdad Operations Command. advertisement. ISI encompasses most Iraqi insurgency groups, including al Qaeda in Iraq. …
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/04/23/iraq.violence

At Least 75 People Are Killed in Two Attacks in Iraq… Mr. Baghdadi is the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group of Sunni militant forces believed to include Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia. … New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/24/world/middleeast/24iraq.html?hp

Jihadi Fascists battle each other out – LOL

April 19, 2009

Jihadi Fascists battle each other out – LOL

Violent Clashes Between [Islamic Palestinian] Hamas, Islamic Jihad The Media Line – ‎Apr 19, 2009‎ … Islamic Jihad have not been as tumultuous as between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=24880  

[Palestinian Arab] Fatah armed wing says it severed ties with Hezbollah Xinhua – ‎Apr 18, 2009‎ Hezbollah military leaders have frequently admitted that it supports different Palestinian militant groups, mainly Hamas, Islamic Jihad and some groups … http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/18/content_11210496.htm

Islamic Pirates & Jihad – Terror Connection

April 12, 2009
Islamic Pirates & Jihad – Terror Connection
 
Somalia Standoff Generates US Policy Debate
Voice of America – ‎Apr 10, 2009‎
US officials said the group, which controls parts of Somalia, poses a dilemma. They point to its rapid expansion, ties between its leaders and the al-Qaida …
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-11-voa12.cfm
 
The Pirates Challenge Obama’s Pre-9/11 Mentality
Wall Street Journal – ‎Apr 10, 2009‎
As the eminent military historian Sir Michael Howard argued shortly after 9/11, the status of al Qaeda terrorists is to be found in a distinction first made …
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123940383654409651.html
 
Somali Pirates Tied to Jihad
Intellectual Conservative – ‎Apr 8, 2009‎
Since 2003, Somalia has witnessed the growth of a brutal network of Jihad with strong ties to Al-Qaeda. In fact, when the US forces faced a bloody battle in …
http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2009/04/08/somali-pirates-tied-to-jihad/
 
 
Commentary: Take fight to the pirates
CNN – ‎Apr 9, 2009‎
It is time to change strategy and take the fight to the pirates, as our military predecessors did with great success more than 200 years ago.
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/04/09/wilkerson.pirates/
 
Harper’s Magazine – ‎Apr 9, 2009‎
Unconventional warfare, against an unconventional enemy. What a novel idea. We handled things better 200 years ago!
http://harpers.org/archive/2009/04/hbc-90004751
 
Lessons From the Barbary Pirate Wars
New York Times – ‎April 10, 2009‎
We’re talking about the Barbary Wars, about 200 years ago, when pirates from the Barbary Coast (today’s Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Libya) hijacked …
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/weekinreview/12gettleman.html?ref=africa
 
Somalia: Direct connections about Somali pirates and Islamic extremists
Djibouti (HAN) April 10th, 2009  – Unied states regional based military officials and the Somalia Minister for Fisheries Professor Abdulrahman Ibbi, have found no direct ties between the Somalia Coast pirates and the International Islamic terrorist groups, such as Al-qa’ida or Al-Shabab, but continue to search for signs of links between the two factions in the wake of the Indian Ocean hostage incident; that is close of the Somali city of Kismayo, run by Al-Shabab and Al-Itihad groups. It was not clear whether officials were specifically scrutinizing the Somali pirates who boarded the Maersk Alabama on Tuesday and fled in a lifeboat after taking hostage the cargo ship’s captain.
http://www.geeskaafrika.com/somalia_10apr09.htm
 
SOMALIA: Why The Pirates Are Immune From Attack
Strategy Page – ‎Apr 9, 2009‎
There are over a thousand gunmen attached to pirate gangs in the north, although the group operating off the east coast pay “taxes” to al Shabaab for the …
http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/somalia/articles/20090409.aspx
 
 
October 02, 2008
al Qaida + Pirates = Jihad on the High Seas
Al Qaida has claimed responsibility for the increased pirate attacks off the coast of Somalia this year. So far this year there have been around 60 attacks against cargo ships in the Gulf of Aden, in 2007 there was 13. The islamic pirates are currently holding up to 300 crewmen hostage and 14 cargo ships for ransom.
http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/194284.php
 
Somali pirates: Islamist insurgents demand weapons from hijacked …Oct 6, 2008 … The Islamist gunmen from the al Shabaab group opposing Somalia’s weak … British tourists narrowly avoid being captured by Somali pirates …
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/somalia/3140884/Somali-pirates-Islamist-insurgents-demand-weapons-from-hijacked-ship.html

The US/Britain 200 Years war against Islamic pirates – terrorists

April 9, 2009

The US/Britain 200 Years war against Islamic pirates – terrorists

For young Somalis, piracy offers power, prosperity
The Associated Press
There are several known pirate groups in Somalia. One is based in the southern port town of Kismayo, which is controlled by Islamic insurgents. …
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iR9XICoYi0CQt77GJUw5lNAPpG_AD97EGS200

 

Hot Air » Blog Archive » Somali pirates seize American ship, crew … by Ed Morrissey Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates …one cannot get around what Jefferson heard when he went with John Adams to wait upon Tripoli’s ambassador to London in March 1785. When they inquired by what right the Barbary states preyed upon American shipping … So here was an early instance of the “heads I win, tails you lose” dilemma, in which the United States is faced with corrupt regimes, on the one hand, and Islamic militants, on the other—or indeed a collusion between them. …
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/04/08/somali-pirates-seize-american-ship-crew/

A look back at history

Britain’s 200-year jihad (and US facing them)

Britain’s 200-year jihad There are many similarities between the stateless jihad of the 1700’s and ….. The pirate ships set sail for Algeria later that day, with the captives on …
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/008320.php

America’s Earliest Terrorists

Lessons from America’s first war against Islamic terror.

December 16, 2005, 9:55 a.m.
By Joshua E. London
At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected United States president was forced to confront a grave threat to the nation — an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists. Worse still, these Islamic partisans operated under the protection and sponsorship of rogue Arab states ruled by ruthless and cunning dictators.
Sluggish in recognizing the full nature of the threat, America entered the war well after the enemy’s call to arms. Poorly planned and feebly executed, the American effort proceeded badly and at great expense — resulting in a hastily negotiated peace and an equally hasty declaration of victory.
As timely and familiar as these events may seem, they occurred more than two centuries ago. The president was Thomas Jefferson, and the terrorists were the Barbary pirates. Unfortunately, many of the easy lessons to be plucked from this experience have yet to be fully learned.
The Barbary states, modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, are collectively known to the Arab world as the Maghrib (“Land of Sunset”), denoting Islam’s territorial holdings west of Egypt. With the advance of Mohammed’s armies into the Christian Levant in the seventh century, the Mediterranean was slowly transformed into the backwater frontier of the battles between crescent and cross. Battles raged on both land and sea, and religious piracy flourished.
The Maghrib served as a staging ground for Muslim piracy throughout the Mediterranean, and even parts of the Atlantic. America’s struggle with the terror of Muslim piracy from the Barbary states began soon after the 13 colonies declared their independence from Britain in 1776, and continued for roughly four decades, finally ending in 1815.
Although there is much in the history of America’s wars with the Barbary pirates that is of direct relevance to the current “war on terror,” one aspect seems particularly instructive to informing our understanding of contemporary Islamic terrorists. Very simply put, the Barbary pirates were committed, militant Muslims who meant to do exactly what they said.
Take, for example, the 1786 meeting in London of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the Tripolitan ambassador to Britain. As American ambassadors to France and Britain respectively, Jefferson and Adams met with Ambassador Adja to negotiate a peace treaty and protect the United States from the threat of Barbary piracy.
These future United States presidents questioned the ambassador as to why his government was so hostile to the new American republic even though America had done nothing to provoke any such animosity. Ambassador Adja answered them, as they reported to the Continental Congress, “that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

Sound familiar?
The candor of that Tripolitan ambassador is admirable in its way, but it certainly foreshadows the equally forthright declarations of, say, the Shiite Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in the 1980s and the Sunni Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, not to mention the many pronouncements of their various minions, admirers, and followers. Note that America’s Barbary experience took place well before colonialism entered the lands of Islam, before there were any oil interests dragging the U.S. into the fray, and long before the founding of the state of Israel.
America became entangled in the Islamic world and was dragged into a war with the Barbary states simply because of the religious obligation within Islam to bring belief to those who do not share it. This is not something limited to “radical” or “fundamentalist” Muslims.
Which is not to say that such obligations lead inevitably to physical conflict, at least not in principle. After all peaceful proselytizing among various religious groups continues apace throughout the world, but within the teachings of Islam, and the history of Muslims, this is a well-established militant thread.
The Islamic basis for piracy in the Mediterranean was an old doctrine relating to the physical or armed jihad, or struggle.
To Muslims in the heyday of Barbary piracy, there were, at least in principle, only two forces at play in the world: the Dar al-Islam, or House of Islam, and the Dar al-Harb, or House of War. The House of Islam meant Muslim governance and the unrivaled authority of the sharia, Islam’s complex system of holy law. The House of War was simply everything that fell outside of the House of Islam — that area of the globe not under Muslim authority, where the infidel ruled. For Muslims, these two houses were perpetually at war — at least until mankind should finally embrace Allah and his teachings as revealed through his prophet, Mohammed.
The point of jihad is not to convert by force, but to remove the obstacles to the infidels’ conversion so that they shall either convert or become a dhimmi (a non-Muslim who accepts Islamic dominion) and pay the jizya, or poll tax. The goal is to bring all of the Dar al-Harb into the peace of the Dar al-Islam, and to eradicate unbelief. The Koran also promises rewards to those who fight in the jihad, plunder and glory in this world and the delights of paradise in the next.
Although the piratical activities of Barbary genuinely degenerated over the centuries from pure considerations of the glory of jihad to less grandiose visions of booty and state revenues, it is important to remember that the religious foundations of the institution of piracy remained central.
Even after it became commonplace for the pirate captains or their crew to be renegade Europeans, it was essential that these former Christians “turn Turk” and convert to Islam before they could be accorded the honor of engagement in al-jihad fil-bahr, the holy war at sea.
In fact, the peoples of Barbary continued to consider the pirates as holy warriors even after the Barbary rulers began to allow non-religious commitments to command their strategic use of piracy. The changes that the religious institution of piracy underwent were natural, if pathological. Just as the concept of jihad is invoked by Muslim terrorists today to legitimize suicide bombings of noncombatants for political gain, so too al-jihad fil-bahr, the holy war at sea, served as the cornerstone of the Barbary states’ interaction with Christendom.

In times of conflict, America tends to focus on personalities over ideas or movements, trying to play the man, not the board — as if capturing or killing Osama bin Laden, for example, would instantly end the present conflict. But such thinking loses sight of the fact that ideas have consequences. If one believes that God commands something, this belief is not likely to dissipate just because the person who elucidated it has been silenced. Islam, as a faith, is as essential a feature of the terrorist threat today as it was of the Barbary piracy over two centuries ago.
The Barbary pirates were not a “radical” or “fundamentalist” sect that had twisted religious doctrine for power and politics, or that came to recast aspects of their faith out of some form of insanity. They were simply a North African warrior caste involved in an armed jihad — a mainstream Muslim doctrine. This is how the Muslims understood Barbary piracy and armed jihad at the time, and, indeed, how the physical jihad has been understood since Mohammed revealed it as the prophecy of Allah.
Obviously, and thankfully, not every Muslim is obligated, or even really inclined, to take up this jihad. Indeed, many Muslims are loath to personally embrace this physical struggle. But that does not mean they are all opposed to such a struggle any more than the choice of many Westerners not to join the police force or the armed services means they do not support those institutions.
Whether “insurgents” are fighting in Iraq or “rebels” and “militants” are skirmishing in Chechnya or Hamas “activists” are detonating themselves in Israel, Westerners seem unwilling to bring attention to the most salient feature of all these groups: They claim to be acting in the name of Islam.
It is very easy to chalk it all up to regional squabbles, economic depression, racism, or post-colonial nationalistic self-determinism. Such explanations undoubtedly enter into part of the equation — they are already part of the propaganda that clouds contemporary analysis. But as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams came to learn back in 1786, the situation becomes a lot clearer when you listen to the stated intentions and motivations of the terrorists and take them at face value.
— Joshua E. London is the author of Victory in Tripoli: How America’s War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation (John Wiley & Sons, September 2005); for more about the book visit http://www.victoryintripoli.com.
http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/london200512160955.asp

 

Jihad in the Days of Jefferson
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1145961230585&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

 

When the Founding Fathers Faced Islamists May 27, 2008 … birth of US Naval power and the campaign against the Barbary pirates: …. that United States did not start the war with the Jihadists. …
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/when-the-founding-fathers-faced-islamists/

Sally Rovers incident, at the height of North African Arab Muslim pirates’ crimes against Christians, mainly British

 

Britain’s 200-year jihad

On my travels for the past few days, I have been reading a book which tells the story of a quite astonishing part of British history of which I was previously unaware. In ‘White Gold’, Giles Milton records the appalling details — gleaned,it appears, from a wealth of historical documents including diaries and letters — of a seaborne Islamic jihad against Britain which lasted for no less than two centuries.

From the early seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, thousands of British men women and children were kidnapped by Arab corsairs and sold into slavery in Morocco where they were kept in conditions of unspeakable barbarism. The astounding thing is that these British victims were not merely seized at sea where they ran the gauntlet of such pirates in places such as the Straits of Gibraltar. They were actually abducted from Britain itself.

Corsairs from a place in Morocco called Sale — who became known in Britain as the ‘Sally Rovers’ — sailed up the Cornish coast in July 1625, for example, came ashore dressed in djellabas and wielding damascene scimitars, burst into the parish church at Mount’s Bay and dragged out 60 men women and children whom they shipped off to Morocco. Thousands more Britons were seized from their villages or their ships and dispatched to the hell-holes of the Moroccan slave pens, from where they were forced to work all hours in appalling conditions building the vast palace of the monstrous and psychopathic Sultan, Moulay Ismail, who tortured and butchered them at whim. Most of them perished, but the book records the survival of a tenacious Cornish boy Thomas Pellow, who survived 23 years of this ordeal and whose descendant, Lord Exmouth, finally ended the white slave trade when he destroyed Algiers in 1816.

The book makes clear that this assault upon the British people (and upon Europeans and Americans who were similarly seized) was a jihad. The Sally Rovers, writes Milton, were called ‘al-ghuzat’– the term once used for the soldiers who fought with the Prophet — and were hailed as religious warriors engaged in a holy war against the infidel Christians who were pressurised to convert to Islam under threat of hideous punishment. What is even more striking was the response of the British crown. For almost two centuries, it made only the most ineffectual attempts to rescue its enslaved subjects. Those who had succumbed to the torture and inhumanity of the Sultan and converted to Islam were deemed to be no longer British and therefore outside the scope of any rescue. The pleas of Pellow’s parents were simply brushed aside. Popular outrage forced successive Kings to dispatch a series of feeble emissaries to try to get the Sultan to end this vile traffic and release the slaves, all to no avail.

But this went on for virtually two centuries. For almost 200 years the British state either sat on its hands or wrung them impotently while the Islamic jihad seized, enslaved and butchered its people. And then it appears, this staggering onslaught was all but airbrushed out of our history.

Food for disquieting thought.
http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/archives/001423.html

 

‘Pirates of Penzance’ redo? James Zumwalt
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Soon after winning independence from England, the United States faced another war. Muslim pirates operating off North Africa’s Barbary Coast were seizing U.S., as well as European, ships sailing in international waters, holding them for tribute payment or plunder.
In 1786, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, meeting in London with Tripoli’s Muslim ambassador to Britain, inquired as to the reason for such Arab hostility. Acknowledging their attacks were unprovoked, the Tripoli ambassador explained it was their right and duty under the Koran as faithful Muslim followers to plunder and enslave the unfaithful – with those Muslims dying in the process going to paradise. To stop the attacks, the United States initially agreed to pay the Barbary pirates tribute, equal to about 20 percent of government revenues. Only later did an indignant United States launch two wars against them, ending in victory in 1815 and no further payments. European nations, acting individually and collectively, suppressed pirate activity as well, with the French conquest of Algiers in 1830 providing the last nail in the Barbary Pirates’ coffin.
Today, Muslim pirates again sail the seas off Africa’s coast. Mostly Somalis, these pirates have already attacked more than 60 ships this year in the vicinity of the Gulf of Aden – almost 5 times more than occurred all last year. Pirates gain confidence as owners prove willing to pay ransoms for the safe return of ships and crews, much like the United States first did with the Barbary Pirates.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/oct/02/pirates-of-penzance-redo/

Bolton: ‘War on terror’? – we should have been more specific that it’s about Islamic fundamentalism

April 7, 2009

Bolton: ‘War on terror’? – we should have been more specific that it’s about Islamic fundamentalism
foxnews ^ | April 4, 2009

‘The Journal Editorial Report,’ April 4, 2009 [...] GIGOT: John, let me ask you — let me take up another subject here, a little more light hearted, but serious in its way. We have the Obama administration changing the rhetoric. No longer the global war on terror, Secretary of State Clinton said this week they’re not going to use that. It’ now an overseas contingency operation according to the Pentagon. What’s going on here?

BOLTON: Again, this would be laughable if it weren’t serious. I think they’re trying to distract attention from the war on terror. I don’t think that was necessarily the best name myself. I thought we should have been more specific that it was about Islamic fundamentalism. We weren’t concerned about dealing with the Baath’s or the IRA in Northern Ireland.

But when you remove the whole threat of terrorism out of your rhetoric, what you’re trying is get it out of the center of American foreign policy. I think that’s a mistake. I think people read that as a sign of weakness and will cause us problems down the road trying to rally other countries to our side for what overseas contingency?

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com

Here’s a recent round-up of the “Overseas Contingency” on Islamofascism

April 5, 2009
Here’s a recent round-up of the “Overseas Contingency” on  Islamofascism
 
Obama Scraps ‘Global War on Terror’ for ‘Overseas Contingency …Mar 25, 2009 … Obama has reportedly ordered an end to use of the phrase.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/elections/2009/03/25/report-obama-administration-backing-away-global-war-terror/
 
 
Pakistan: Fear imposed by Taliban in Swat Valley restricts freedom …
Human Rights Education Associates (press release) – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
Reporters Without Borders is alarmed about the impact that the imposition of the Sharia (Islamic law) in Pakistan’s northern Swat valley is having on press …
http://www.hrea.org/index.php?base_id=2&language_id=1&headline_id=8957
 
Suicide attacks in Pakistan kill 25 United Press International
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/04/04/Suicide-attacks-in-Pakistan-kill-25/UPI-63251238883834/
 
Suicide attack on Pakistan security checkpoint kills 12 CNN
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/04/pakistan.drone.attack/
 
Attacks in Pakistan kill nearly 30 people Australia Network News
http://australianetworknews.com/stories/200904/2535262.htm?desktop
 
 
Fatah, Hamas play the blame game
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH Hamas and Fatah officials traded accusations over the weekend, holding each other responsible for the collapse of the reconciliation …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1238562906831&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
 
 Israeli 13-year-old killed in West Bank ax attack – Apr 2, 2009
A 13-year-old boy was killed and a 7-year-old boy was badly wounded, Israeli emergency services said. A murky militant group calling itself the Martyrs of …
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ioi_0jtO9RjMwPNRoXNCndRPRq3gD97AANS80
 
Palestinian kills Israeli teenager with pickax Apr 2, 2009 … A Palestinian killed an Israeli teenager with a pickax and seriously … Play Video AP – Israeli 13-year-old killed by ax in West Bank …
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090402/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_palestinians
 
Washington Times – Israeli 13-year-old killed in West Bank ax attack, Apr 2, 2009 … An ax-wielding Palestinian militant went on a rampage Thursday…, killing an Israeli 13-year-old and …
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/02/israeli-13-year-old-killed-in-west-bank-ax-atta-1/
 
Hamas: Bat Ayin attack (on Israeli innocent teens) a natural response to the (so called) “occupation”
Jerusalem Post – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
… killed a 13-year-old and injured a 7-year-old boy, was simply a natural response to the Israeli “occupation,” a Hamas spokesperson said on Thursday. …
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1238562892997&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
 
 
Hamas threats to kidnap more Israeli soldiers
Xinhua – ‎Mar 28, 2009‎
GAZA, March 28 (Xinhua) — Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Hamas movement, threatened on Saturday to kidnap more Israeli soldiers to exchange …
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/28/content_11091623.htm
 
Most Gaza fatalities were militants Monsters and Critics.com
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/middleeast/news/article_1467182.php/Israeli_army_says_most_Gaza_fatalities_were_militants_
 
 
World Briefing | Asia Afghanistan: 20 Die in Hostilities
New York Times – ‎Apr 3, 2009‎
By AP Coalition and Afghan forces killed 12 militants and one civilian in Logar Province, south of the capital, late Thursday, a police official said Friday …
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/world/asia/04briefs-Afghan.html
 
Coalition Troops Kill 35 Insurgents in Afghanistan Voice of America
http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-04-04-voa10.cfm
 
 
Afghan president orders review of marital law
The Associated Press – ‎04,04,09
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hvWEqwq3CrRvaQCmt21MfoYhjZJQD97BOVRG0
 
President Obama Calls New Women-Oppressing Afghan Law “Abhorrent … ABC News
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/04/president-oba-4.html
 
Women choose exile as Taliban laws return Times Online
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6036521.ece
 
 
Seven killed by truck bomb in northern Iraq
Reuters – ‎Apr 1, 2009‎
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Seven people were killed, including four police officers, when a suicide bomber drove an explosives-laden truck into the compound of
http://uk.reuters.com/article/gc05/idUKLN30565920090331
 
Gays killed in Baghdad as clerics urge clampdown
Reuters – April 4, 2009
… lesbians in Iraq since the rise of religious militias after US-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein six years ago. “Two young men were killed on Thursday. …
http://uk.reuters.com/article/gc05/idUKTRE53312Q20090404
 
Iraqi police: 2 gay men killed in Baghdad slum The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hwK_CSpBxsNuVUEaDuOwmSSCiqGwD97BP3FG1
 
Some Iraqis fear return of sectarian violence Kansas City Star
http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/1124745.html
 
US military deaths in Iraq war at 4265
Forbes – ‎Apr 3, 2009‎
The figure includes eight military civilians killed in action. At least 3425 military personnel died as a result of hostile action, according to the …
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/04/03/ap6255164.html
 
 
Somalia: Islamists Claim Victory
AllAfrica.com – ‎Mar 16, 2009‎
Mogadishu — Al-Shabab Islamists claimed Monday victory over fighting in central Somalia which killed many people on Saturday and Sunday in Wabho and Dac …
http://allafrica.com/stories/200903161805.html
 
Somali Islamists ban khat and cigarettes
Daily Nation – ‎Mar 29, 2009‎
The Islamists authority in Dhobley town at the border between Somalia and Kenya Sunday announced a total prohibition of miraa (khat) chewing and cigarette …The Citizen Daily
http://www.nation.co.ke/News/africa/-/1066/554332/-/13q0u4sz/-/
 
Somali Islamists confirm “detention” of five Kenyan nationals
Xinhua – ‎Mar 26, 2009‎
MOGADISHU, March 26 (Xinhua) — The Islamist Al-Shabab movement Thursday said they detained five Kenyan nationals after they crossed into Somalia
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/27/content_11079440.htm
 
Islamists seize Kenya officials BBC News
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7965511.stm
 
Somali Islamists behead two sheikhs – group
Reuters – ‎Mar 20, 2009‎
By Abdi Sheikh and Abdi Guled MOGADISHU, March 20 (Reuters) – Somalia’s hardline al Shabaab insurgents have beheaded two sheikhs from a rival Islamist …
http://www.reuters.com/article/africaCrisis/idUSLK425430
 
ANALYSIS-Qaeda’s Somalia allies on the defensive, for now Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/article/africaCrisis/idUSLJ970165
 
 
Hezbollah Entering US Through Mexico?
FOXNews – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎
Now, according to her reporting, the terrorist organization Hezbollah has been using Mexican drug smuggling routes to enter the US Sarah A. Carter is the…
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511520,00.html
 
Terrorism and Drug Routes
ThreatsWatch.Org – ‎Mar 27, 2009‎
Once again we are reminded of the seriousness of border security and the terrorist implications by the revelation that Hezbollah uses Mexican drug (cartel) …
http://threatswatch.org/rapidrecon/2009/03/terrorism-and-drug-routes/
 
Hezbollah using drug smuggling routes MarketWatch (press release)
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/hezbollah-using-drug-smuggling-routes/story.aspx?guid=%7BA14CB7E3-86EE-4ECE-A417-E31BF77E65FD%7D&dist=msr_2
 
The Mullah, the Caudillo, and the Terrorist
AMERICAN.COM: A Magazine of Ideas, Online – ‎Apr 1, 2009‎
The administration has skirted the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and appears to have restarted trade skirmishes with Mexico, blocking Mexican trucks from …
http://www.american.com/archive/2009/march-2009/the-mullah-the-caudillo-and-the-terrorist
 
Family Security Matters Exclusive: Kaboom – The Last Sound Heard after North Korea or Iran …
Family Security Matters – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
Can we think of a greater or clearer present danger than what is going on with our Mexican border? When entire portions of US states, and the citizens …
http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/id.2901/pub_detail.asp
 
Hezbollah Working With Drug Cartels and Sharing Routes into US
DigitalJournal.com – ‎Mar 27, 2009‎
The former DEA chief says that Hezbollah is using Mexican drug routes to smuggle people and contraband into the United States.
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/269984
 
 
Report: Iranian defector tipped Syrian nuke plans The Associated Press
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ge4oHlrAOPr_X_cLSzTuqwUX5fBAD971BHEG3
 
Obama & Khamenei
Persian Journal – ‎Mar 31, 2009‎
He considers any democratic system as the enemy of Islamofascism, and rightfully so. * He works ceaselessly, expands Iran’s stolen funds, and does all he …
http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_29035.shtml
 
An Olive Branch For A Terrorist State
Investor’s Business Daily (subscription) – ‎Mar 20, 2009‎
War On Terror: Is there some grand strategy behind President Obama’s “Happy Persian New Year” video message to Iran? Or is America embracing the naive …
http://www.investors.com/editorial/editorialcontent.asp?secid=1501&status=article&id=322441764984684
 
Life And Death Lessons The Us Still Needs to Learn for Survival
Evening Bulletin – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎
Every minute, Islamofascist murderous maniacs are plotting to blow us up, behead us, nuke us and destroy us. The threat practically smashes us in the face. …
http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/30/herb_denenberg/doc49d0960879a28312477498.txt

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Arab Shame: A League of Theirs Blown About – News & Issues – ‎Apr 2, 2009‎
Finally, in a crowning shame, there was the Arab League’s rallying around Sudan’s Hassan al-Bashir, the genocidal leader behind Sudan’s various …
http://middleeast.about.com/b/2009/04/02/arab-shame-a-league-of-theirs-blown.htm

African Union Authority – A Shame, a Joke New Era – ‎Mar 13, 2009‎
AU could not even solve the challenges of genocide committed by Sudan’s Al-Bashir’s regime against innocent African children and women in Darfur, …Human Rights Council discusses human rights situations that …
http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=3019

ReliefWeb (press release) – ‎Mar 17, 2009‎
The Federation welcomed the issuance of an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court for the Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir. …
http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/MYAI-7Q984U?OpenDocument

Madrassa: Breeding ground of Jihadists

March 31, 2009

 

Madrassa: Breeding ground of Jihadists

Modern Ghana – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎ By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

When I for the first time forecasted that Madrassa was becoming breeding ground of Jihadists, many of my fellow journalists instantly raised their fingers at me saying, I was serving the purpose of ‘foreign interest’. Policymakers in the government were even much aggressive in bringing sedition, treason and blasphemy charges against me. They tried to give justification to such actions saying, my criticizing the Madrassa and forecasting the rise of Islamist militancy within such institutions; I was hurting the sentiment of Muslims and was doing harm to Islam!

Ridiculous indeed!

In this article, I will discuss many of the unknown and untold facts on Madrassas in the world, along with some very exclusive investigative information on such religious schools.

Muslims consider Madrassas as the basic place of generating clergies as well as those who can be the custodians of Islam in the respective countries. But, many are still unaware that in the name of religious education, major segment of such Madrassas are active as breeding ground of Jihadists. Instead of real Islamic education, the students are taught of religious hatred. Their brains are filled with the poison of hate towards everyone who is not a Muslim. Moreover, the very old notion of ‘killing Jews and Christians’ and remaining a good Muslim is very strong planted in the minds of thousands of students of such institutions.

For past several years, I have done extensive investigation into the Madrassa education system and the Qaomi [Koranic] Madrassa in Bangladesh as well as studied extensively on such religious schools around the world and each of my inquisitive investigations finally ended in identifying growth of radical and militant Islam right within the 64,000 Qaomi Madrassas in Bangladesh, as well others within the Islamic and non Islamic world.

Although people are always putting focus on Madrassas involvement in breeding Jihadists, they are yet to investigate the inside stories in Madrassas, where male and female students are sexually abused by the clergies on a regular basis. Sodomy is a growing phenomenon in the Madrassas, and according to various reports, silent spread of HIV and Aids is gradually putting a huge blanket on the large number of students and teachers coming of such institutions.

Terrorism and rise of radical Islam is a global problem. Islamic terrorism [also known as Islamist terrorism or Jihadist terrorism] is religious terrorism by those whose motivations are rooted in their interpretations of Islam. Statistics gathered for 2006 by the National Counterterrorism Center of the United States indicated that “Islamic extremism” was responsible for approximately 25% of all terrorism fatalities worldwide, and a majority of the fatalities for which responsibility could be conclusively determined. Terrorist acts have included airline hijacking, beheading, kidnapping, assassination, roadside bombing, suicide bombing, and occasionally rape.

According to some experts, Perhaps the most resonant incident of Islamic terrorism was the 9/11 attack on the United States. Other prominent attacks have occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Israel, Britain, Spain, France, Russia and China. These terrorist groups often describe their actions as Islamic jihad [struggle]. Self-proclaimed sentences of punishment or death, issued publicly as threats, often come in the form of fatwas [Islamic legal judgments]. Both Muslims and non-Muslims have been among the targets and victims, but threats against Muslims are often issued as takfir [a declaration that a person, group or institution that describes itself as Muslim has in fact left Islam and thus is a traitor]. This is an implicit death threat as the punishment for apostasy in Islam is death under Sharia law.

The controversies surrounding the subject include whether the terrorist act is self-defense or aggression, national self-determination or Islamic supremacy; the targeting of noncombatants; whether Islam ever could condone terrorism; whether some attacks described as Islamic terrorism are merely terrorist acts committed by Muslims or nationalists; how much support there is in the Muslim world for Islamic terrorism; whether the Arab-Israeli Conflict is the root of Islamic terrorism, or simply one cause.

Osama bin Laden is the millionaire son of a construction magnate. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s deputy, is a medical doctor. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaida in Iraq was an uneducated street thug who converted to a radical form of Islam in prison. Recently we saw a female Belgian convert to Islam become a suicide bomber in Iraq. It is difficult to identify what such people have in common other than a willingness to kill — and sometimes to die — for a cause they are convinced is right. No study has so far been able to explain why some people become terrorists and others don’t. Socio-psychological factors and questions of identity seem to be important and the dynamics of various cults have some striking parallels to terrorist cells. One thing we frequently see in the trajectory of terrorists is a conversion experience that occurs within a small, tight-knit group. The dynamics of such groups tend to reinforce personal conviction, especially among individuals whose other social networks have frayed or can’t match the intensity of bonds forged in what is for them an existential struggle.

Often the group is led by a ‘charismatic figure’ such as a ‘jihad veteran’, or jihad entrepreneur who raises funds and recruits for jihad. Such groups are found in many contexts, from prisons to social clubs. Often they are associated with a mosque, but generally they do not hold meetings in the mosque itself. Also the internet is playing a role in this conversion by exposing people to extremist views and the possibilities presented by jihad.

Many of the members of such cells have little history of extremism — or of piety. The most pious are not necessarily those most likely to become terrorists. Indeed, one could argue that for some people it is their poor understanding of Islam — and for the young suicide bomber, perhaps even their naivety — that has made them susceptible to extreme views.

Some analysts have argued that the root causes of terrorism lie not with the psychology or life experience of the individual but with deeper underlying political and economic currents. These root causes are variously listed as poverty, underdevelopment, un-employment, the demography of youth bulges, Palestinian dispossession and so forth.

These so-called ‘root causes’ are relevant but they do not go to the heart of the issue. First, there is the obvious fact that many terrorists are middle class or even from elites. Social studies of terrorists show that they are generally better educated than the broader population.

Secondly, terrorism is not limited to developing countries: look at the history of terrorism in developed democracies such as the United Kingdom. Finally, behind talk of root causes there is an assumption that they are somehow more real than the terrorists’ self-proclaimed motivations, that economic factors are more solid than ideology or identity. But as the protests over the Danish cartoons showed: issues of belief, identity and culture are just as real as material ones for many Muslims, and may well drive the emotions of many even more strongly.

That said, dysfunctional economies and authoritarian political systems magnify feelings of frustration and anger which, in turn, provide fertile soil for those who manipulate questions of identity and victim hood in the cause of violent jihad.

Since 9/11 the nature of the terrorist threat has changed. It has become more decentralized and amorphous. Al Qaida is still an active threat even if it has not been directly responsible for any major attack for the past two years. Al Qaida is fighting a war that it believes will last for generations. It has not given up its goal of conducting catastrophic attacks in the United States. We should not forget that eight and a half years passed between the first and second World Trade Centre attacks, and that the relative failure of the first attack seems to have acted more as an incentive than a dampener.

One of Al Qaida’s ‘achievements’ has been to draw many groups and Jihadists out of their local struggles and focus them on the ‘far enemy’. Zawahiri, now Al Qaida’s chief ideologist, himself moved from a local, Egyptian preoccupation to a global, anti-US ideology. And the story of Jamaah Islamiyah in Indonesia is about the transformation of a group which grew out of a national Islamist movement — Darul Islam — and has gone on to adopt the global Jihadist view of Al Qaida and others.

The terrorist threat today is best understood as a network of networks.

Sometimes the groups and cells that make up this extended network are held together by formal alliances — the best example is the alliance between core Al Qaida and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Al Qaida franchise in Iraq. But most often the links are informal, based on personal contacts. Surprising to some as it may seem, Al Qaida does not exercise command and control over this extensive network. Continued

 

 

Madrassa: Breeding ground of Jihadists

Modern Ghana – ‎Mar 30, 2009‎ By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

When I for the first time forecasted that Madrassa was becoming breeding ground of Jihadists, many of my fellow journalists instantly raised their fingers at me saying, I was serving the purpose of ‘foreign interest’. Policymakers in the government were even much aggressive in bringing sedition, treason and blasphemy charges against me. They tried to give justification to such actions saying, my criticizing the Madrassa and forecasting the rise of Islamist militancy within such institutions; I was hurting the sentiment of Muslims and was doing harm to Islam!

Ridiculous indeed!

In this article, I will discuss many of the unknown and untold facts on Madrassas in the world, along with some very exclusive investigative information on such religious schools.

Muslims consider Madrassas as the basic place of generating clergies as well as those who can be the custodians of Islam in the respective countries. But, many are still unaware that in the name of religious education, major segment of such Madrassas are active as breeding ground of Jihadists. Instead of real Islamic education, the students are taught of religious hatred. Their brains are filled with the poison of hate towards everyone who is not a Muslim. Moreover, the very old notion of ‘killing Jews and Christians’ and remaining a good Muslim is very strong planted in the minds of thousands of students of such institutions.

For past several years, I have done extensive investigation into the Madrassa education system and the Qaomi [Koranic] Madrassa in Bangladesh as well as studied extensively on such religious schools around the world and each of my inquisitive investigations finally ended in identifying growth of radical and militant Islam right within the 64,000 Qaomi Madrassas in Bangladesh, as well others within the Islamic and non Islamic world.

Although people are always putting focus on Madrassas involvement in breeding Jihadists, they are yet to investigate the inside stories in Madrassas, where male and female students are sexually abused by the clergies on a regular basis. Sodomy is a growing phenomenon in the Madrassas, and according to various reports, silent spread of HIV and Aids is gradually putting a huge blanket on the large number of students and teachers coming of such institutions.

Terrorism and rise of radical Islam is a global problem. Islamic terrorism [also known as Islamist terrorism or Jihadist terrorism] is religious terrorism by those whose motivations are rooted in their interpretations of Islam. Statistics gathered for 2006 by the National Counterterrorism Center of the United States indicated that “Islamic extremism” was responsible for approximately 25% of all terrorism fatalities worldwide, and a majority of the fatalities for which responsibility could be conclusively determined. Terrorist acts have included airline hijacking, beheading, kidnapping, assassination, roadside bombing, suicide bombing, and occasionally rape.

According to some experts, Perhaps the most resonant incident of Islamic terrorism was the 9/11 attack on the United States. Other prominent attacks have occurred in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Israel, Britain, Spain, France, Russia and China. These terrorist groups often describe their actions as Islamic jihad [struggle]. Self-proclaimed sentences of punishment or death, issued publicly as threats, often come in the form of fatwas [Islamic legal judgments]. Both Muslims and non-Muslims have been among the targets and victims, but threats against Muslims are often issued as takfir [a declaration that a person, group or institution that describes itself as Muslim has in fact left Islam and thus is a traitor]. This is an implicit death threat as the punishment for apostasy in Islam is death under Sharia law.

The controversies surrounding the subject include whether the terrorist act is self-defense or aggression, national self-determination or Islamic supremacy; the targeting of noncombatants; whether Islam ever could condone terrorism; whether some attacks described as Islamic terrorism are merely terrorist acts committed by Muslims or nationalists; how much support there is in the Muslim world for Islamic terrorism; whether the Arab-Israeli Conflict is the root of Islamic terrorism, or simply one cause.

Osama bin Laden is the millionaire son of a construction magnate. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden’s deputy, is a medical doctor. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaida in Iraq was an uneducated street thug who converted to a radical form of Islam in prison. Recently we saw a female Belgian convert to Islam become a suicide bomber in Iraq. It is difficult to identify what such people have in common other than a willingness to kill — and sometimes to die — for a cause they are convinced is right. No study has so far been able to explain why some people become terrorists and others don’t. Socio-psychological factors and questions of identity seem to be important and the dynamics of various cults have some striking parallels to terrorist cells. One thing we frequently see in the trajectory of terrorists is a conversion experience that occurs within a small, tight-knit group. The dynamics of such groups tend to reinforce personal conviction, especially among individuals whose other social networks have frayed or can’t match the intensity of bonds forged in what is for them an existential struggle.

Often the group is led by a ‘charismatic figure’ such as a ‘jihad veteran’, or jihad entrepreneur who raises funds and recruits for jihad. Such groups are found in many contexts, from prisons to social clubs. Often they are associated with a mosque, but generally they do not hold meetings in the mosque itself. Also the internet is playing a role in this conversion by exposing people to extremist views and the possibilities presented by jihad.

Many of the members of such cells have little history of extremism — or of piety. The most pious are not necessarily those most likely to become terrorists. Indeed, one could argue that for some people it is their poor understanding of Islam — and for the young suicide bomber, perhaps even their naivety — that has made them susceptible to extreme views.

Some analysts have argued that the root causes of terrorism lie not with the psychology or life experience of the individual but with deeper underlying political and economic currents. These root causes are variously listed as poverty, underdevelopment, un-employment, the demography of youth bulges, Palestinian dispossession and so forth.

These so-called ‘root causes’ are relevant but they do not go to the heart of the issue. First, there is the obvious fact that many terrorists are middle class or even from elites. Social studies of terrorists show that they are generally better educated than the broader population.

Secondly, terrorism is not limited to developing countries: look at the history of terrorism in developed democracies such as the United Kingdom. Finally, behind talk of root causes there is an assumption that they are somehow more real than the terrorists’ self-proclaimed motivations, that economic factors are more solid than ideology or identity. But as the protests over the Danish cartoons showed: issues of belief, identity and culture are just as real as material ones for many Muslims, and may well drive the emotions of many even more strongly.

That said, dysfunctional economies and authoritarian political systems magnify feelings of frustration and anger which, in turn, provide fertile soil for those who manipulate questions of identity and victim hood in the cause of violent jihad.

Since 9/11 the nature of the terrorist threat has changed. It has become more decentralized and amorphous. Al Qaida is still an active threat even if it has not been directly responsible for any major attack for the past two years. Al Qaida is fighting a war that it believes will last for generations. It has not given up its goal of conducting catastrophic attacks in the United States. We should not forget that eight and a half years passed between the first and second World Trade Centre attacks, and that the relative failure of the first attack seems to have acted more as an incentive than a dampener.

One of Al Qaida’s ‘achievements’ has been to draw many groups and Jihadists out of their local struggles and focus them on the ‘far enemy’. Zawahiri, now Al Qaida’s chief ideologist, himself moved from a local, Egyptian preoccupation to a global, anti-US ideology. And the story of Jamaah Islamiyah in Indonesia is about the transformation of a group which grew out of a national Islamist movement — Darul Islam — and has gone on to adopt the global Jihadist view of Al Qaida and others.

The terrorist threat today is best understood as a network of networks.

Sometimes the groups and cells that make up this extended network are held together by formal alliances — the best example is the alliance between core Al Qaida and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s Al Qaida franchise in Iraq. But most often the links are informal, based on personal contacts. Surprising to some as it may seem, Al Qaida does not exercise command and control over this extensive network….

http://www.modernghana.com/news/208749/1/madrassa-breeding-ground-of-jihadists.html

FBI cuts ties to CAIR over Jihadi Terror Hamas questions – links between the Council on American-Islamic Relations and support for Islamic terrorists

February 2, 2009

FBI cuts ties to CAIR over Hamas questions Jan 30, 2009 … An organization that has documented the links between the Council on American-Islamic Relations and support for Islamic terrorists says it …
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=87498

 
FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions :: Articles by IPT :: The …Jan 29, 2009 … FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas Questions :: Articles by IPT :: The Investigative Project on Terrorism.
www.investigativeproject.org/article/985
 
Homeland Security News » CAIR’s Hamas Ties Prompt FBI To Cut Off …CAIR’s Hamas Ties Prompt FBI To Cut Off Communication.
http://www.nationalterroralert.com/updates/2009/01/29/cairs-hamas-ties-prompt-fbi-to-cut-off-communication/
 
Counterterrorism Blog: IPT Exclusive: FBI Cuts Off CAIR Over Hamas …Jan 29, 2009 … During testimony, FBI agent Lara Burns described CAIR as a front organization. Hamas is a US-designated foreign terrorist organization, …
http://counterterrorismblog.org/2009/01/ipt_exclusive_fbi_cuts_off_cai.php

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