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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Psychotic Islamist Barbarism

"What we are fighting, in Islamist extremism, is an ideology. It is an extreme doctrine. And like any extreme doctrine, it is subversive. At its furthest end it seeks to destroy nation-states to invent its own barbaric realm. And it often backs violence to achieve this aim — mostly violence against fellow Muslims — who don't subscribe to its sick worldview."
"But you don't have to support violence to subscribe to certain intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish. Ideas which are hostile to basic liberal values such as democracy, freedom and sexual equality. Ideas which actively promote discrimination, sectarianism and segregation...."
"And ideas also based on conspiracy: that Jews exercise malevolent power; or that Western powers, in concert with Israel, are deliberately humiliating Muslims, because they aim to destroy Islam. In this warped worldview, such conclusions are reached — that 9/11 was actually inspired by Mossad to provoke the invasion of Afghanistan; that British security services knew about 7/7, but didn't do anything about it because they wanted to provoke an anti-Muslim backlash."                                                                          British Prime Minister David Cameron, Birmingham speech, July 20, 2015

The Afghan Taliban have a new leader to take up the Islamist jihad from where it was left off by the death two years earlier by its original leader, Mullah Omar. There is little doubt that Mullah Akhtar Mansoor will dedicate himself to performing as well in the position as did his predecessor. The show must go on, and there is little lashback against the fundamentalist Taliban that can convince them that their obligation to jihad be curtailed in the greater interests of humanity.

In Pakistan the Islamic terrorist Malik Ishaq who directed the Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was killed by police during an assault on a police convoy in an attempt by followers to free him from police custody. Eleven other Islamist jihadis were killed along with the terrorist chief, including his two sons Usman and Haq Nawaz in an exchange of fire with police.

While Washington has finally admitted recognition of evidence of Sarin used during Syrian regime combat operations, the village of Al-Safira in northern Syria where the chemical depot of the Syrian Army is stockpiled is under attack by Islamist groups including Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda affiliate. The concern that Islamists may take possession of sarin, the lethal nerve gas leads to scenarios occurring where al-Qaeda too will use chemical ammunition.

Turkey is finally conducting airstrikes against Islamic State installations in neighbouring Syria and in Iraq, having decided to throw in their lot with NATO rather than continue covert state support for Islamic State jihadis. Presumably, foreign Islamists will no longer be ushered through Turkey to join Islamic State in Syria. Simultaneously, Turkey is bombing the only militias successful in countering Islamic State, the Kurdish PKK.

In northern Punjab state near the border with Pakistan, Indian police have found bombs on the railway tracks at the Dinanagar railway station. Attacking terrorists wearing Army uniforms believed to be from Indian-administered Kashmir fired on a bus, injuring passengers at the bus station, then attacked a police station in Gurdaspur district. Several policemen were killed, one was Punjab's Superintendent of Police; six wounded, and three others also killed, as well as the five armed terrorists.

From Syria to Iraq, Libya to Egypt, Afghanistan to Pakistan, Iran to Cameroon, Mali to Nigeria, Bangladesh to the Philippines, Islamist fanatics are busy proving to the world that Islam is the foremost religion of peace in the world. In these countries where hundreds of millions live under threat of organized and random Islamist terror threatening their lives, resulting in hordes of refugees, Islam is on the move.

Islamists are heeding the call to jihad. Just as powerful a decree within Islam as jihad is the imperative to spread Islam, to help transform the non-Muslim world into a wider Muslim world. Jihad and prosetylization have become polarized; jihad slaughtering non-Muslims and Muslims alike, and yet Islam is recognized as being the fastest-growing religion in the world, with more people conveting to Islam than any other religion.

Fanatical Islam is cleansing the Middle East of its historical Christian populations as pogroms and ethnic cleansing have picked up apace. The once-feared al-Qaeda rebellion against Western-tolerant Muslim governments and rulers now appears almost benevolently moderate in their measured though stern approach to the imposition of universal Sharia.

The viral spread of a more vile intolerance and unspeakable glee in committing outrageous atrocities against ethnic and religious minorities, along with journalists and representatives of the West while creating very special theatrical slaughters carried out by children instructed in the niceties of mortal carnage appear to appeal to a wider audience resulting in eager recruits storming the barricades to join Islamic State.

The fearsome reputation of Islamic State as a terrorist organization par excellence has resulted in haunting the imagination of those not enraptured by the sight of anguished prisoners led in a row of orange jump-suited garb to await their death throes. A Pew Research Center global poll has revealed that the ISIL menace ranks higher on international consciousness than any other issue among citizens of Europe, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Japan, Korea, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, Indonesia and Palestine.

Poll respondents also indicated their unease with the Iranian nuclear program, with Russian and Chinese belligerence, with cyberattacks, and with global economic instability. Earlier this swiftly-passing month, British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke of his government's strategy to subdue extremist ideology as "the struggle of our generation".


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