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Profound Delusion: A Professor’s Convoluted Explanation of Jihadi Beheadings

Just a "publicity" stunt?

Just a “publicity” stunt?

Since 9/11 a lot of people have promoted themselves as “terrorism experts.” Most are not.

Many of these new “terrorism experts” hail from the halls of American academia–places that frankly provide very little in the way of background for the study of terrorism. It’s as if the same bunch who got it wrong during most of the Cold War saw an opportunity in the field of terrorism and became instant experts overnight.

There are a lot of problems with this phenomenon of overnight terrorism experts, not the least of which is the fact that oil-rich Gulf states such as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have showered US academic institutions with millions of dollars. This has resulted in terrible bias inside our universities. These same sources of funding, after all, provide funding to Jihadist terrorist organizations. It’s a neat set-up. Islamists fund the Jihadis over there and fund universities here in the West to influence what is taught to our young people.

So, what we have, in many cases, are instant “terrorism experts” who are beholden to the very community that promotes terrorism.

We’ve seen a possible outcome of this process in an atrocious article published by Politico magazine on October 7th. The title is Why ISIL Beheads Its Victims.

The lead author for this screed was a man named Robert Pape, who is on the faculty at the University of Chicago and actually serves as the director of the Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism. Pape is a pure academic. Nothing in his background commends him as an expert on terrorism. His biography reveals a man who has spent 30 years with his head buried in books, with no evidence of real-world experience or interaction with the enemy.

In Why ISIL Beheads Its Victims, Pape attempts (very weakly, as befitting a pure academic) to make the case that the Islamic State (he tellingly refuses to acknowledge the name by which the enemy refers to itself) is beheading victims purely for publicity purposes. He denies any connection between Islam and the practice of beheading.

Amazing.

The first mistake Pape makes is treating the beheadings of a few Western hostages as the only cases worth examining. It’s not a huge surprise that someone would come to the conclusion that the beheadings were just a publicity stunt if the only beheadings one was looking at were the beheadings of a few Western hostages.

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But when one takes a broader view and examines the numerous beheadings carried out by the Islamic State, Al Qaeda and other Jihadist groups, many of which received no publicity at all, the inescapable conclusion is quite different. Moreover, there are also the numerous crucifixions that have been carried out by Jihadists, which aren’t simply designed as publicity stunts either.

All that said, there is no doubt that the Jihadis are sending a message with these methods of execution. It’s just not the message that Pape supposes from his purely Western mindset and lack of real world experience.

The Islamic State is in fact carrying out beheadings for a specific reason. They are carrying out the Sunnah of Mohammed. You see, Muslims are supposed to follow the perfect example set by the prophet Mohammed and they are supposed to follow the commands from Allah and the commands uttered by Mohammed. An examination of Islamic doctrine shows that the basis for beheadings comes from Islamic scripture, both non-abrogated verses in the Quran and examples from the life of Mohammed laid out in the Hadith and the Sirah, which are the other two components of the Islamic trilogy along with the Quran.

Rather than reproduce the evidence in Islamic scripture here that both justifies and calls on Muslims to behead and crucify Kaffirs, here is a link to an excellent article on the subject from Faith and Freedom International. Note that if you live in a predominantly Islamic nation, this web site may be blocked by Muslim censors:

http://www.faithfreedom.org/oped/SKM40715.htm

Armchair “terrorism experts” like Robert Pape go to ridiculous lengths to ignore and deny the basis in Islamic doctrine for acts of Jihadist terrorism, such as beheadings, crucifixions and other atrocities.

But in the real world there are actual reasons why Jihadis do what they do, how they do it.

We are all left to wonder why Pape and his ilk in the ivory towers deny the truth.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/why-isil-beheads-its-victims-111684.html?ml=m_pm#.VDXjPihQp1Y

 

 

 

Catholic Priest Taken Hostage by Al Qaeda Affiliate in Syria

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A Franciscan friar serving as parish priest in the Syrian village of Qunayeh has been abducted by a group associated with the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/10/07/catholic-priest-kidnapped-by-syrian-jihad-group/

 

This is What National Security Malpractice Looks Like: FBI Ignores Domestic Jihad Threat

Bill Gertz has an article over on the Washington Free Beacon about a new FBI Domestic Threat Assessment.

The 60-page report makes absolutely no mention of the threat from Jihadists or Islamic terrorism, which are, in fact the primary domestic terror threats, no matter what the “Famous But Incompetent” boys and girls would have us believe.

Here is a link to Gertz’s article with lots of good quotes from true expert John Guandolo:

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/fbi-national-domestic-threat-assessment-omits-islamist-terrorism/

And here are a few links to prior TTB posts over the years detailing the domestic Jihadi threat that the Famous But Incompetent folks now essentially say does not exist:

 

Two North Carolina Muslim Converts Arrested on Terrorism Charges

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2014/03/22/two-north-carolina-muslim-converts-arrested-on-terrorism-charges/

INSANITY: Why does Judge Daniel Martin still have a job? ( Judge OKs release Illinois man charged with terror)

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2013/05/02/insanity-why-does-judge-daniel-martin-still-have-a-job-judge-oks-release-illinois-man-charged-with-terror/

Islam, Muslims, Violent Jihad and Shariah

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2013/04/20/islam-muslims-violent-jihad-and-shariah/

What is it with L.A. (Lower Alabama) and Jihad?

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/21/what-is-it-with-l-a-lower-alabama-and-jihad/

ANOTHER COVER UP? More on the Arizona Jihadi, Abdullatif Aldosary

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/07/another-cover-up-more-on-the-arizona-jihadi-abdullatif-aldosary/

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD: The Arizona Jihadi the Media and Our Bureaucratized Counterterrorism Apparatus Doesn’t Want You to Know About

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/05/for-crying-out-loud-the-arizona-jihadi-the-media-and-our-bureaucratized-counterterrorism-apparatus-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about/

More Jihadis in Florida

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/12/04/more-jihadis-in-florida/

Some little known facts about the views of Muslims in America

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/10/17/some-little-known-facts-about-the-views-of-muslims-in-america/

Contingencies for possible Hezbollah attacks inside the U.S.

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2012/03/31/contingencies-for-possible-hezbollah-attacks-inside-the-u-s/

RIDICULOUS Prison Sentences for Chicago Al Qaeda Members

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/07/15/ridiculous-prison-sentences-for-chicago-al-qaeda-members/

18 American Jihadist Terrorists

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/07/07/18-american-jihadist-terrorists/

NY Daily News Editorial: The threat keeps growing: List of terrorists in our midst gets longer and longer

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/05/02/ny-daily-news-editorial-the-threat-keeps-growing-list-of-terrorists-in-our-midst-gets-longer-and-longer/

U.S. Computer Engineer and Accountant Charged With Helping Al Qaeda

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2010/05/02/u-s-computer-engineer-and-accountant-charged-with-helping-al-qaeda/

GOOD GRIEF: CAIR and Muslim “Leaders” Urge Leniency for 5 American Jihadis Caught in Pakistan

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2009/12/20/good-grief-cair-and-muslim-leaders-urge-leniency-for-5-american-jihadis-caught-in-pakistan/

A Year of Jihad in America (December 2008 to December 2009)

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2009/11/29/a-year-of-jihad-in-america-december-2008-to-december-2009/

Purple Hearts for the Two Soldiers Shot by the Little Rock Jihadist?

http://terrortrendsbulletin.com/2009/06/06/purple-hearts-for-the-two-soldiers-shot-by-the-little-rock-jihadist/

 

 

HOLTON: The Enemy Knows We’re In A World War, But We Don’t

Excerpt and LINK from my guest article in The Hayride…

The Islamic State is not simply an Iraqi problem or a Syrian problem. IS has metastasized into a worldwide organization with 20,000 recruits from Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, the U.S., Great Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Spain, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Germany. Even worse, Jihadists from Boko Haram in Nigeria, Abu Sayyef in the Philippines, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Northwest Africa and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from Yemen have all pledged allegiance to IS.

There can no longer be any doubt that the global Islamic insurgency that some have been warning about for some time, amounts to a world war. Nevertheless, policymakers here in the U.S. continue to ignore or deny this reality.

Over the period of a generation, the West has allowed itself to be thoroughly infiltrated by a savage and barbaric belief system. This is evidenced by the global base of recruitment that the Islamic State has been able to take advantage of and the numerous public displays of support for IS in the West.

http://thehayride.com/2014/08/holton-the-enemy-knows-were-in-a-world-war-but-we-dont/

 

 

Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Working Toward Same Goal As ISIS

There is a great deal of confusion about the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the global jihadist insurgency.

The best way to describe the MB’s role is to say that it is the political wing of the insurgency and groups like ISIS, Al Qaeda, HAMAS and others are the military wing of that insurgency.

In terms of their goals, they are the same.

ISIS has established an Islamic state in parts of Iraq and Syria. Al Qaeda seeks to to the same globally and regionally (in the Arabian peninsula and the Maghreb for instance). HAMAS seeks to replace Israel with an Islamic state. It goes without saying that these Islamic states are to be ruled under Shariah.

The Muslim Brotherhood has the same goal: the establishment of Islamic states ruled by Shariah, culminating in the (impossible) dream of a worldwide caliphate.

If you want evidence of this, just view the recent screen capture from the Muslim Brotherhood’s official web site.

The main headline reflects that the MB seeks to overthrow the regime in Syria–the same goal as ISIS.

Further down, a smaller headline expresses support for Jihadists fighting the regime in Yemen.

 

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American Jihadists Starting to Return from War in Syria

American Jihadist in Syria

American Jihadist in Syria

One characteristic of the 1980s insurgency waged against the Soviet Army in Afghanistan was the fact that Jihadis from around the Islamic world gravitated there and then made their way back to their native countries, where they often continued to wage Jihad.

We’re now seeing the same phenomenon in Syria. The difference today is that more of the Jihadis are from Western nations, including America.

In other words, bloodthirsty Jihadis with combat training and experience gained in Syria are walking the streets of America.

U.S. intelligence reports estimate that as many as 100 American Jihadis went to war in Syria. As many as a dozen have already made their way home and have disappeared into the American landscape, out of view of US intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

The problem is even bigger for other Western nations. It is believed that some 3,000 Jihadis from Western non-Muslim nations fought in Syria.

It seems that, while the NSA has the ability to mine our cell phone records, they don’t seem capable of keeping track of American Jihadis traveling to and from a war zone where they will gain lethal skills that threaten American lives…

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/20/exclusive-more-than-100-americans-are-waging-jihad-in-syria-u-s-intelligence-says.html

 

 

 

A Stark View Into the Female Jihadist Mindset

Another chilling, but indispensable, video from MEMRI.

The only way to describe this video is “monstrous.” This mindset that comes from centuries-old doctrine displayed in this video demonstrates how embedded Jihad is. Keep in mind that this video was made in Great Britain. Not Nigeria. Not Libya. Not Egypt. Not Pakistan. BRITAIN.

The woman mentioned in the video, Aafia Siddiqui, is a convicted Jihadist terrorist from Pakistan who attended the University of Houston and MIT obtained a PhD from Brandeis University in 2001. Yes BRANDEIS! Like so many Jihadis, she was active in the Muslim Students Association (MSA), the oldest Muslim Brotherhood organization in the US.

She worked directly for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of Al Qaeda and was captured by US forces in Afghanistan. She tried to kill a US Army captain while undergoing questioning.

She was convicted of terrorism charges and will spend the next 86 years in US federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

Siddiqui was neither uneducated nor impoverished. Quite to the contrary, like many Jihadis, she gave up a comfortable life to wage Jihad for Al Qaeda. She even gave up her own children.

This should serve as a reminder of the dangers we face from Jihad here in the West. Any woman who would justify and glorify the kidnapping of innocent girls and praise their conversion to Islam, can only be described as an animal and should be treated as such.

 

 

 

Al Qaeda’s Inspire Magazine Calls for Car-Bomb Attacks in US Cities

This is a call that should be taken seriously. Car bombs are not particularly difficult to construct and, in crowded metropolitan areas, are difficult for police to detect ahead of time.

Car bombs have been used extensively for decades in Third World nations. The main obstacle here in the US is getting explosive material and detonation items. We saw with the attempted Times Square bombing a few years ago that this is not easy or straightforward. That car bomb fizzled due to technical mistakes made in its construction.

But we can’t depend on being lucky every time like we were in Times Square. If the Jihadis can build car bombs in places like Somalia, Yemen, Lebanon and Thailand, they can build them here.

Furthermore, the fact that Inspire is making this specific call should be treated as essentially a signal, a directive if you will, to Jihadis. History shows that one or a few will act on this call.

Where and, especially, when, is anyone’s guess. The Inspire article mentions New York, Washington, DC, northern Virginia, Chicago, Los Angeles. It mentions landmarks and sports stadiums as suitable targets, as well as major business facilities. The article also mentions the UK and France as targets for car bombs.

In the wake of this, don’t be surprised to see very strict enforcement of traffic and parking laws and regulations by US law enforcement–and don’t complain about it.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/03/15/Al-Qaeda-Set-To-Attack-American-Cities-And-Abroad

 

The 9/11 Commission Report Revisited

It’s about time someone brought this issue up again.

Many Americans have forgotten about the 28 pages of the original 9/11 Commission Report that were redacted and declared classified before the report was released.

It is widely believed that those 28 pages included details of official Saudi involvement with Al Qaeda and possibly even signs of Saudi-Iranian cooperation in arranging for Hezbollah to provide training for Al Qaeda. (Those details of Hezbollah involvement in the 9/11 plot DID make it into other sections of the 9/11 report, but, like so much of the attacks, they have been forgotten as well.)

The article linked below discusses a new effort to have the 28 pages released to the public. It is imperative that we all set partisan politics aside and get behind this effort…

9/11 Link To Saudi Arabia Is Topic Of 28 Redacted Pages In Government
Report; Congressmen Push For Release

http://www.ibtimes.com/911-link-saudi-arabia-topic-28-redacted-pages-government-report-congressmen-push-release-1501202

 

 

 

Terror Alert Sign of Resurgent Al Qaeda

The terror alerts issued by the US State Department, Interpol and the foreign offices of Great Britain, France and Germany should worry Westerners very much.

US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen

US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen

 

If there is indeed specific information about a credible threat that closed down US embassies in 22 nations, grounded 6 international airline flights (so far) and resulted in the most serious global travel advisory put out by the US State Department in several years (covering an entire month) then it is an indication that Al Qaeda is not only NOT “on the run,” but is evidently more prolific than ever in terms of its reach.

Under such circumstances, it’s not a question of “if” Western targets will be struck again, but “when.”

We have been lied to about the magnitude and scope of the Jihadist terrorist threat. That is the unmistakable conclusion.

Some cynics and skeptics seem to think that the whole issue has been contrived by the Obama administration for political purposes, but this makes no sense at all.

Obama has repeatedly declared victory over Al Qaeda. He essentially declared that the killing of Osama Bin Laden placed the terrorist organization on the ropes and all but announced an end to the war on terror, complete with a re-orientation of the US military toward a significantly smaller force primarily focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

Moreover, his policy of drone strikes was supposed to have decimated Al Qaeda’s leadership structure.

Apparently none of what Obama told us was correct.

So for Obama now to use that same terrorist threat to improve his political fortunes makes no sense at all.

Think about it: So when Obama repeatedly says Al Qaeda is on the run and for all practical purposes defeated—-it’s regarded as propaganda for the masses. And then when the State Dept issues a global travel advisory and closes 22 embassies because of a threat from Al Qaeda, that’s also propaganda for those same masses?

It doesn’t add up.  I think Obama lied about Al Qaeda in the first place. It was in his best interests to remove a major national security threat from the public sphere and, with the aid of a compliant media, he successfully did so. But it was never anything more than words on paper and talk in pretty speeches.

Al Qaeda isn’t on the run. They aren’t defeated. And this terror alert, unfortunately, isn’t phony.

The alert coincides with the end of Ramadan, a holy month in Islam in which America has often restrained itself in fighting Islamic enemies, but during which Jihadists have actually escalated their attacks. The closure of the embassies comes on the Ramadan “Night of Power.” Without getting into obnoxious detail about Islamic doctrine, all you really need to know about the “Night of Power” is that it was the day on which the USS Cole was attacked in Aden harbor in Yemen in 2000. And this is the same week during which the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in east Africa were bombed back in 1998.

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So, when intelligence emerges suggesting that US targets will come under attack at this time, it is something to take seriously, especially given the fact that Al Qaeda leader Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri released a statement in the past week instructing Al Qaeda’s followers to attack US targets now.

Perhaps the most significant evidence that this terror alert should be taken seriously comes from the fact that France, Germany and Great Britain have all shut their embassies in Yemen down as well and issued travel advisories to their citizens. Unless they’re in on some scheme to help Obama’s approval rating, my guess is there is a real threat out there.

German diplomatic post in Yemen

German diplomatic post in Yemen

Al Qaeda is real, folks. They’ve been real for decades now and they’re deadly. To assume otherwise is suicidal. To make matters worse, there is evidence to indicate that they are now as capable as they have been at any time since 1998.

Consider the fact that in the past month there have been large-scale prison breakouts in nine Islamic nations, including Iraq, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen. The timing and scale of these breakouts in which mostly Jihadi fighters made their escapes, is unprecedented. Interpol suspects Al Qaeda involvement and coordination and has issued an advisory to that effect. On 22 July, 500 Jihadis, including senior level Al Qaeda operatives, escaped from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Five days later, on 27 July, 1100 inmates escaped from a prison near Benghazi, Libya. And four days after that, on 31 July, the Taliban led a breakout from a prison in Pakistan in which an unknown number of Jihadis escaped.

Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq

These operations were almost certainly orchestrated and coordinated, most probably with help from the inside in each country. This was a massive undertaking that demonstrates Al Qaeda’s military as well as political power in the Islamic world. With so many Jihadis back on the loose, Westerners better brace themselves.

 

 

 

 

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