The jihad targets children, too

March 29, 2010

Remember the horror of the Beslan massacre, which started when Islamic “holy warriors” took over a Russian school and ended with over 300 death, 186 of them children?

They’ve tried again, this time in Azerbaijan:

Azerbaijan’s National Security Ministry said police had arrested eight members of an “organised criminal group, crossing illegally from Georgia into Azerbaijan with the aim of carrying out terrorist acts.”

A ministry statement said seven were Azeris, including three women, and the eighth was from Russia’s southern Chechnya republic.

It said the group had earlier concealed weapons and ammunition in the roof of a kindergarten and a school in the capital Baku and planned to attack both. The suspected ringleader is still at large, it added.

And yet we’re to believe Islam is a religion of peace.

RELATED: The attacks in Moscow yesterday were indeed carried out by al Qaeda-affiliated suicide bombers, in this case the notorious Black Widows.

(via Jihad Watch)


The jihad against free speech

March 28, 2010

Typical of fascists and other would-be dictators, Islamic supremacists use intellectual bullying and physical violence to stifle criticism and cow opposition to the spread of sharia law in free lands. The hope is that enough shouts of “racist” and “Islamophobe,” coupled with acts of violence and murder, will intimidate non-Muslims into submission and self-censorship.

Islamist Watch has a good article on this, using the furor over the Muhammad cartoons as an example of the path to submission and dhimmitude:

Islamists do not wish to debate their opponents; they wish to silence them. This means demonstrating the high costs, whether legal or physical, of speaking out. Recent news items show how the fear of violence can drive capitulation — and, therefore, how violent Islamism can advance, rather than inhibit, the work of stealthy, nonviolent Islamists to crush free speech.

Following the global riots of 2006 and a flare-up two years later, caricatures of Muhammad once again are stirring jihadist passions. Two Chicago-area Muslims were charged last October with planning terror strikes against those involved in the publication of the Danish Muhammad cartoons. New Year’s Day then saw an attack on the home of Kurt Westergaard, creator of the infamous bomb-in-the-turban illustration.

Read the whole thing; the author has many good examples. For another, have a look at this article on Islamic lawfare, the use by Islamic supremacists in the courts and international law to criminalize and punish those who would speak against them.


Monday links fiesta!

March 15, 2010

I’ve got a bunch of interesting links that I’ve been letting sit for one reason or another, so here they are in a bunch. Pick and choose the ones that most interest you!

War and the Jihad

Iraq held a national election for a new parliament last week. In spite of terrorist attacks that killed dozens in an attempt to derail the elections, roughly 60% of the electorate turned out. (Lazy American voters, hang your heads in shame.) Now that a few days have passed, the results are in and they look encouraging. Perhaps George Bush’s “mission accomplished” moment was only premature, not wrong? Regardless, congratulations to the Iraqi politicians, security forces, and the people themselves for flipping millions of purple fingers at the fascists.

At Threat Matrix, Bill Roggio relays a congressman’s concerns about a growing threat from another jihadist group: Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Something you will rarely read on this blog, in this case regarding Geert Wilders: Charles Krauthammer is wrong. More at Jihad Watch and from Roger L. Simon.

More from Wilders, on his controversial call to ban the Qur’an in Holland.

Foreign Affairs

Barack Obama finally gives up trying to force a dictator on Honduras.

I Can’t Believe She Said This

Nancy Pelosi on why we have to pass ObamaCare:

You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.

It’s not that she thinks we’re stupid. It’s that she thinks we’re all kindergartners. (More from ST)

More Health Care

Shawn Tully on the insane accounting needed to make ObamaCare look even barely presentable. (via Blue Crab Boulevard)

At Last

At Big Government, “Josie Wales” argues the constitutional case against the progressives who dominate the Democratic Party and control our government.

That’s all, folks!


Swimsuits and suicide-belts?

January 30, 2010

According to Dr. Kifah Al-Ramali of the Gaza Islamic University, beauty contests are yet another part of the eternal Western plot against Islam. The true beauty queen, according to Cousin Itt Dr. Al-Ramali, is the “jihad mother” who waits patiently while her menfolk blow themselves up or otherwise get themselves killed trying to murder Jews:

From the transcript:

The real Palestinian beauty queen is the Jihad-fighting mother, the mother who perseveres and endures the siege, the mother who says: We will suffer hunger, but we will not bow down, the mother who sacrificed martyrs and demonstrated forbearance. She is the wife of the martyr, who left her in the prime of life, with her children, yet she says: I will persevere, and I will raise my children to be mujahideen. She is the mother who has lost her husband, her sons, her daughters, her home and her shelter, yet she displays forbearance. She is the queen of the women of the world in its entirety, not just of Palestine.

Of course, the real target of the Evil Beauty Contest Plot(tm) is Muslim men.  Dr. Al-Ramali explains:

The enemies of Allah have studied the mentality of the Muslims, and have studied what harms their religion and their faith. They have studied how to infiltrate our society. First, they intervened in women’s [issues]. This is because they know that the prophet Muhammad said: “The greatest temptation for men is women.” Women are the greatest temptation. They know what weapon to use to fight [Muslim] society. Allah sowed in men the attraction to women, and vice versa.

Devious, isn’t it? The Crusaders (that’s us) and the Jews (We’re their puppets, you know) will distract brave, brave mujahideen from blowing up Jews by showing them a little skin. That’s why women have to be covered, you see: men are unable to control themselves  around an “immodest” woman, like a cat that sees uncovered meat. In other words, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali has pointed out, under Islam women are responsible for the sexual behavior and misbehavior of men. To come back to Dr. Al-Ramali’s sick mind arguments, this is why beauty contests are evil: to participate in them is to allow oneself to be used as a weapon against Islam and to avoid one’s duty as a mujahideen-making machine.

With “intellectuals” like this, is it any wonder Palestinian society is hopeless?

RELATED: More anti-Semitic tripe from the good doctor. In an earlier panel interview, she tells us that Judaism teaches its followers that it is okay to rape and murder non-Jews:

The killing of Palestinian women, and women in general, by the Jews is not a random thing. Rather, it is their ideology, which is taught to their children in their curricula. It is mentioned in the books of the Torah. I will present some short samples, although their books are full of this. For instance, the greatest Jewish scholar, on whom they completely rely, Maimonides, wrote in his book that the Jews have the right to rape non-believing women. By non-believing, he meant non-Jewish.

Read the full transcript and watch the video. Her co-panelists are equally charming.


Busy, busy…

January 11, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts this last weekend, but it was hectic … and today looks no different. Hopefully, normal service can resume later today. Meanwhile, here are a couple of items to hold you over:

Power Line wonders if Great Britain is doomed. After all, in what sane country can a mother alone with her toddler be threatened with criminal charges for defending herself and her child against burglars and thieves? Oh, and then there’s that bit about home-grown jihadis plotting to kidnap and behead a British soldier. Not directly related, of course, but indicative of serious problems nonetheless.

Meanwhile, as global-warming alarmists assure us we’re all going to bake and broil, Fausta declares that the Ice Age is back.

See ya later!


I feel so secure, now

January 7, 2010

With guys like this watching out for us, how could I not?

NCTC director Michael Leiter remained on ski slopes after Christmas Day airline bombing attempt

The top official in charge of analyzing terror threats did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an airliner on Christmas Day, the Daily News has learned.

Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center since 2007, decided not to return to his agency’s “bat cave” nerve center in McLean, Va., until several days after Christmas, two U.S. officials said.

“People have been grumbling that he didn’t let a little terrorism interrupt his vacation,” said one of the sources.

Oh, come on, now. Did you really expect him to give up his place in the ski-lift line just because a jihadi tried to blow up a plane full of people over a major American city? Besides, he was just following his boss’ example. Jeez, there are priorities, you know.

So, let’s see. We have a  President who takes three days to make a statement so bloodless and perfunctory that it was obvious he wanted to get back to his golf game. Then there’s his Homeland  Security Secretary, who beclowned herself on national TV the weekend after the attack by telling us the system worked – and then that it didn’t. And don’t forget the chief counterterrorism adviser to the President, who assured us there are no downsides to treating the Pantybomber as a criminal suspect; after all, we can offer him a plea-bargain.

Who knew that, in November, 2008, we stepped into a time machine and traveled back to September 10thDoh

LINKS: More disgusted reactions at Hot Air.


Good news! Pantybomber promises more will follow!

December 28, 2009

I linked to this earlier, but I really think this video needs emphasis. Flight 253’s would-be mass-murderer, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab, has promised that more like him will  follow. And where are they learning the skills need to wage jihad fi sabil Allah? Meet the next al Qaeda staging grounds: Yemen.

Note also that the British had the sense to place him on a no-fly list. Why we didn’t, I have no idea. Must be that system working, again.

They’re still trying to kill us, in case you didn’t know.

RELATED: Acting as a President should, Barack Obama has already been hitting al Qaeda in Yemen. Let’s keep it up and step it up. (via Legal Insurrection)


Can we all agree that Janet Napolitano is an idiot?

December 27, 2009

Regarding the attempted Christmas Day bombing of NWA Flight 253 by a Nigerian jihadi, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday that the thwarting of the attempt to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit airline flight Christmas Day demonstrated that “the system worked.”

I suppose that’s true, if your “system” involves a brave Dutch passenger and an improperly constructed bomb. Worked like a charm, Madame Secretary. Indeed, the design shows a Wile E. Coyote level of genius!

Of course, this is the same Secretary Napolitano who issued the infamous right-wing extremists report that was such a  shoddy piece of work it wouldn’t have even passed a freshman remedial research course, so perhaps we should have expected such a boneheaded statement.

Oh, and I suppose the system was working today when another Nigerian went nuts and had to be pulled off the same flight? (UPDATE: He may have been legit … or it may have been another dry run.)

I feel so secure about flying. Don’t you? Nailbiting

(via QandO)

RELATED: Michelle Malkin adds another item to the myth of the poor, oppressed jihadist. ABC News explores the Yemen connection. (It’s kind of hard to be working alone when al Qaeda builds the bomb for you…) In fact, he may have links to the imam who was the spiritual mentor to Major Hasan, the jihadi behind the Ft. Hood massacre. He was certainly on a list, but why not the no-fly list? By the way, the bomber’s father tried to warn us. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is looking into a possible UK connection. Richard Fernandez looks at the plane’s schematics to determine just what Abdul Mudallad had in mind. Fausta calls it the Flying Dutchman Security System. Finally, via The Jawa Report we get a link to a video about binary explosives and how little is needed to cause a lot of damage.

Let’s all say it together, now:  They’re still trying to kill us.

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg wants this “patently unqualified hack” fired.


Mumbai on the Thames?

December 20, 2009

The news that terrorists may be planning to replicate the Mumbai massacre in a Western city shouldn’t surprise us; one of the goals of the jihad is to bring Western civilization to its knees with divinely sanctioned terror (See number 220). What better way than to attack one of the West’s financial centers?

Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London

Scotland Yard has warned businesses in London to expect a Mumbai-style attack on the capital.

In a briefing in the City of London 12 days ago, a senior detective from SO15, the Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command, said: “Mumbai is coming to London.”

The detective said companies should anticipate a shooting and hostage-taking raid “involving a small number of gunmen with handguns and improvised explosive devices”.

The warning — the bluntest issued by police — has underlined an assessment that a terrorist cell may be preparing an attack on London early next year.

It was issued by the Met through its network of “security forums”, which provide business leaders, local government and the emergency services with counter-terrorism advice.

During a “commando-style” raid by 10 gunmen on hotels and cafes in Mumbai in November 2008, 174 people were killed and more than 300 injured over three days.

Officials now report an increase in “intelligence chatter” — communications captured by electronic eavesdropping agencies. One senior security adviser said the police warnings had intensified and become much more specific in the past fortnight.

“Before, there has been speculation. Now we are getting what appears to be a definite plot to carry out a firearms attack on London,” he said.

Earlier this year, police, military and intelligence services held an exercise in Kent to see whether they could defeat a commando raid in London by terrorists.

“The exercise brought out to those taking part that the capability doesn’t exist to deal with that situation should it arise,” said a military source.

That last has be quite a comforting to people who live and work in the City: “Well, yes, it may well happen, but, don’t worry! We have no idea what to do! Carry on!”

Of course, defending against just such an attack is difficult, especially when the jihadis have accepted the inevitability of their own deaths and thus thrown caution to the winds. A small band that strikes quickly at targets that had been scouted in advance will have plenty of time to take hostages and do damage before the police or military can react. And if, as in the case of the Jewish center in Mumbai, the attackers don’t plan to take hostages, you can expect many dead before there’s ever a chance of rescuing them.

While the “chatter” may be just that and nothing more, it’s a given that al Qaeda and allied Salafist groups want to strike at important Western targets. And not just London: Washington, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles all present their own tempting targets, to name but a few. And it will happen: the FBI and local police have foiled over a score of serious threats in the continental United States since 9/11, most recently in New York and Denver.

Let’s not forget, they’re still trying to kill us.

Jihad fi sabil Allah.


Pearl Harbors then and now

December 7, 2009

In the last surprise attack on American soil before 9/11, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor:

The end of the USS Arizona

(Credit: Aviation History)

My grandfather was a Petty Officer aboard the USS Nevada during the battle. Below are a couple of pictures of his ship under attack, the only battleship to get underway that day:

…and…

Grandpa was having a bad day

(Both photos credit: Naval Historical Center)

As you can see, they had been hit pretty hard. Thankfully, Grandpa survived.

Eight years ago, we were hit by another fascist enemy, with casualties 25% higher than Pearl Harbor:

(credit: September 11th News)

…and…

(Credit: Aspersions)

…and…

(Scene at the Pentagon. Credit: US Navy via Wikimedia)

Our grandfathers finished their job. Let’s not do any less, shall we?

RELATED: The story of Lt. John William Finn, the last surviving Medal of Honor winner from Pearl Harbor.

Well, that’s good to know

November 22, 2009

There’s not a bit of evidence to prove that President Obama is a jihadi.

Whew. Whew


Ft. Hood: Why did Major Hasan do it?

November 20, 2009

Almost from the moment the news broke of the massacre at Fort Hood by a Muslim soldier, the mainstream press has tried desperately to explain it as anything but an act of Islamic religious devotion. Time wondered if stress had caused the psychiatrist to snap. Even as evidence piled up that clearly showed an Islamist connection, CNN was asserting a ludicrous theory of vicarious post-traumatic stress disorder.

Bunk. The man who screamed “Allahu Akbar” while gunning down soldiers was committing an act of jihad as a devout Muslim. But, aside from the sheer horror of the atrocity itself, a lack of understanding of Islamic doctrine makes it difficult to comprehend how someone who had been given the best of everything by his colleagues in the Army could then turn on them. How could someone practicing what we’ve been told again and again is a “Religion of Peace” shoot down a pregnant woman in cold blood?

Raymond Ibrahim supplies some answers. In a two-part article at Pajamas Media, he explores the Islamic doctrines that provided the intellectual and spiritual framework for Hasan’s assault. In the series, he looks at

  • Wala’ wa Bara’, the doctrine of loyalty and enmity, which requires of the Muslim absolute loyalty to his Islamic brethren and hatred of all things un-Islamic, including people. This is crucial to understand.
  • Taqiyya, the doctrine of permissible lying and deception, pretending to be a friend and ally of unbelievers while hiding the enmity in your heart.
  • Jihad. War for the sake of Allah.
  • Sakina. The peace that comes over the mujaheddin as he enters battle with the infidel.  By all accounts, Major Hasan displayed it.
  • Da’wa. Islamic preaching and proselytization in order to bring people to Islam. One of the few reasons under sharia law it is permissible for a Muslim to live in non-Muslim lands.

(Part One and Part Two.)

I can’t emphasize enough that these articles are excellent introductions to what is an all-too obscure topic. We can’t hope to defeat the jihadist enemy unless we know how he thinks. Otherwise we’ll again be left fishing for lame excuses when the next attack occurs.

RECOMMENDED READING: Mr. Ibrahim is the editor of The al-Qaeda Reader, a collection of translated documents written by Osama bin Laden and his deputy psychotic mass-murderer in al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The first part collects essays aimed at other Muslims, marshaling arguments based on the Qur’an, the hadiths, and sharia rulings to justify their actions. The second collects propaganda aimed at Westerner, often very different from what they say when “speaking among themselves.” It’s dry, but I recommend it highly.


Do you think he’s a terrorist, or is he just weird?

November 13, 2009

Charles Krauthammer looks at the latest attempt to explain Major Hasan’s massacre of his fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood as “anything but Islam” -this time, as a psychiatric problem– and isn’t impressed:

Really? What about the doctors and nurses, the counselors and physical therapists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who every day hear and live with the pain and the suffering of returning soldiers? How many of them then picked up a gun and shot 51 innocents?

And what about civilian psychiatrists — not the Upper West Side therapist treating Woody Allen neurotics, but the thousands of doctors working with hospitalized psychotics — who every day hear not just tales but cries of the most excruciating anguish, of the most unimaginable torment? How many of those doctors commit mass murder?

It’s been decades since I practiced psychiatry. Perhaps I missed the epidemic.

But, of course, if the shooter is named Nidal Hasan, whom National Public Radio reported had been trying to proselytize doctors and patients, then something must be found. Presto! Secondary post-traumatic stress disorder, a handy invention to allow one to ignore the obvious.

The “obvious,” of course, is that Nidal Malik Hasan was a devout Muslim who had chosen to obey the call to holy war against the infidel, the call to jihad fi sabil allah, and acted on it by gunning down 51 people, killing 14 – including the unborn child of the pregnant woman he murdered.

But we can’t say that. In our post-modern world besotted with multiculturalism, it is out-of-bounds to take a hard look and talk frankly about another culture or religion (unless it’s Western), such as Islam with its imperatives toward supremacism and war against the unbeliever. No, instead we have to repeat politically correct pabulum and invent psychological disorders that don’t exist, all so we can continue to ignore the jihadist elephant in the living room.

RELATED: The war goes on as the US moves to seize four mosques and an office building, all allegedly owned by Iranian fronts. Meanwhile, to others, Nidal Hasan is a hero.


The Ft. Hood jihadi explains Islam

November 10, 2009

The Washington Post has put up the Powerpoint presentation Major Nidal Hasan made to professors and students as part of his training at Walter Reed. The topic he chose was Islam, Muslims, and their relation to the US military.

hasan presentation

In it, he shows a good understanding of orthodox Islam and of the conflict devout Muslims may feel when asked to fight against other members of the Ummah, the worldwide Islamic community. Note his mention of the doctrine of abrogation and the progression of Islam from peacefulness through defensive jihad to offensive jihad. This is not a man who suddenly cracked and went berserk. Instead, he planned ahead of time what to do and knew exactly why he was doing it. This was not “pre-traumatic stress disorder” or “post-traumatic stress disorder caught from others.”

He chose to wage jihad against the United States because he believed it to be his religious duty, and his presentation -replete with citations from the Qur’an and the Hadiths- laid out the case for it. As Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch writes of Hasan’s understanding of Islam:

Islamic spokesmen in the U.S., if anyone asks them to comment on this at all, will dismiss it as an “extremist” interpretation of Islam and claim that no Muslims in the U.S., not one, believe in this understanding of Islam. But I guarantee you that none of the, not one, will offer a specific alternative explanation of the verses he cites, or of his doctrine of jihad, or of his understanding of Islam.

One wonders if this is what his imam in Virginia taught him. No, actually, one doesn’t.

I ask again: Why in God’s name was this man still in the Army? We are at war with people who believe in exactly the same things as Nidal Malik Hasan. Would they have let a devotee of Italian Fascism remain on staff in 1942? I’m not saying we should expel all Muslims from the military or place them all under surveillance, but until we honestly face the reality of the doctrines of Islamic supremacism and jihad (and Jew-hatred, and misogyny, and totalitarian collectivism) , we run the risk of another “Ft. Hood massacre” – or worse.

How many more have to die in the name of political correctness?


Praise for the Ft. Hood jihadi

November 9, 2009

From his former imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, who preached at the Virginia mosque Major Hasan attended while working at Walter Reed:

Nidal Hassan is a hero. He is a man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people. This is a contradiction that many Muslims brush aside and just pretend that it doesn’t exist. Any decent Muslim cannot live, understanding properly his duties towards his Creator and his fellow Muslims, and yet serve as a US soldier. The US is leading the war against terrorism which in reality is a war against Islam. Its army is directly invading two Muslim countries and indirectly occupying the rest through its stooges.

Nidal opened fire on soldiers who were on their way to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. How can there be any dispute about the virtue of what he has done? In fact the only way a Muslim could Islamically justify serving as a soldier in the US army is if his intention is to follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.

The heroic act of brother Nidal also shows the dilemma of the Muslim American community. Increasingly they are being cornered into taking stances that would either make them betray Islam or betray their nation. Many amongst them are choosing the former. The Muslim organizations in America came out in a pitiful chorus condemning Nidal’s operation.

The fact that fighting against the US army is an Islamic duty today cannot be disputed. No scholar with a grain of Islamic knowledge can defy the clear cut proofs that Muslims today have the right -rather the duty- to fight against American tyranny. Nidal has killed soldiers who were about to be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in order to kill Muslims. The American Muslims who condemned his actions have committed treason against the Muslim Ummah and have fallen into hypocrisy.

Allah(swt) says: Give tidings to the hypocrites that there is for them a painful punishment – Those who take disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do they seek with them honor [through power]? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely. (al-Nisa 136-137)

The inconsistency of being a Muslim today and living in America and the West in general reveals the wisdom behind the opinions that call for migration from the West. It is becoming more and more difficult to hold on to Islam in an environment that is becoming more hostile towards Muslims.

May Allah grant our brother Nidal patience, perseverance and steadfastness and we ask Allah to accept from him his great heroic act. Ameen

“Al-Nisa” is the fourth chapter of the Qur’an.

Imam al-Awlaki was also a favorite of three of the 9-11 hijackers, two of whom attended the mosque in Falls Church at the same time as Major Hasan.

(via Jihad Watch)


Priorities

November 9, 2009

A Muslim traitor decides to wage jihad and murders 12 soldiers and civilians while wounding 30 others at Ft. Hood. What is the priority of the Secretary of Homeland Security? Could she be exploring the possibility of other Muslim-American soldiers turning on their comrades? Is she directing an investigation into jihadist penetration of the Armed Forces? No, she has something far more important to do in the wake of the worst terrorist incident on US soil since 9-11: making sure there is no backlash against Muslims.

The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Refresh my memory, but have there been any documented anti-Muslim incidents in the US in the last eight years? And I mean serious incidents, not the “Someone looked at me funny” encounters that CAIR likes to claim are “hate crimes.” Truth be told, Americans have been remarkably restrained. And yet Janet Napolitano sees it as her primary duty to worry about a “backlash” that has never materialized.

Unbelievable.

And isn’t that last quoted paragraph a peach? Hasan “…reportedly expressed growing dismay….” No, Mr. Associated Press Reporter, it was a bit more than that. Hasan attended a radical mosque, the imam of which was a spiritual adviser to three of the 9-11 hijackers. Major Hasan spread anti-American propaganda and defended suicide bombings. His fellow mosque-members described him as a typical fundamentalist who firmly believed that “jihad” meant fighting and killing. This wasn’t someone “dismayed” at a war, as if he were an average protester. This was a devout Muslim who felt it his duty to wage jihad fi sabil Allah – “war for the sake of Allah.” A duty that came before his oath of loyalty to his comrades and to the United States.

But rather than investigate the ideology that lead Major Hasan to commit treason, rather than take a long, hard look at the role Islam and the doctrine of jihad played in this, Secretary Napolitano worries about a backlash, transferring the onus of responsibility onto the true targets -us- and once again pandering to Muslim victim-hood: the threat as Napolitano sees it is from angry, irrational redneck Americans, not radicalized Muslims bent on jihad. It’s just this kind of political correctness, the kind that lead Hasan’s fellow officers to ignore the obvious signs of coming trouble for fear of being accused of “Islamophobia,” that got those people at Ft. Hood killed.

And until Janet Napolitano and the whole US government take off the politically correct blinders and deal honestly with the nature of the threat we face, we are running every day the risk of another Ft. Hood. Or London. Or Madrid. Or Bali.

Priorities, Madame Secretary. Priorities.

RELATED: Former US Army officer Ralph Peters is angry. Justifiably so. Dr. Rusty Shackleford points out that there is nothing sudden about Sudden Jihad Syndrome. In the peace-of-mind department, the threat from home-grown jihadis is growing.

(hat tip: Power Line)


Which one is a genuine commander-in-chief?

November 7, 2009

Via Dan Riehl, two items for a compare and contrast exercise:

  1. In the wake of the massacre of US soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood by a Muslim traitor bent on jihad, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura visited the wounded survivors and thanked the hospital staff.
  2. In the wake of the massacre of US soldiers and civilians at Ft. Hood by a Muslim traitor bent on jihad, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle flew off for a weekend at Camp David.

You may draw your own conclusions.

After Hurricane Katrina, President Bush was hammered in the media for supposed insensitivity and callousness toward the storm’s victims. Will President Obama face the same criticism now, after the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9-11?

No need to answer that question.


Home-grown jihadis, made in the USA

November 1, 2009

It’s not just foreign jihadis trying to attack America. No, lunatics born and bred here are taking up the sword of Islam to wage war against the West. The Long War Journal reviews recent developments:

In recent months, the US has experienced an alarming rise in jihadist activity. In the last two months alone, five terror plots have been foiled by the FBI, and there have been dozens of other arrests for various related crimes, such as providing material support for terrorists. The plots have been directed at targets at home and abroad, both civilian and military. The arrests clearly demonstrate the potential for al Qaeda and other extremist groups to recruit and carry out attacks in the US.

The extent of influence by al Qaeda and allied groups is evident in their ability to convince potential terrorists in other countries to come to the US with the intention of carrying out attacks; it is also shown by the capacity of these groups to indoctrinate US citizens and nationals. The case of Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan national accused of plotting attacks in the US, stands out in what has been described as the biggest plot against America since 9/11. Listed below are the incidents that have occurred so far in 2009.

Be sure to read the linked article to get the whole depressing picture.

They’re still trying to kill us.


Religion of Tolerance Watch

October 28, 2009

Following up on an item I linked yesterday, we now know why over 100 FBI agents -including snipers and helicopters- raided a Muslim slaughterhouse in Illinois: it was linked to a plot to kill 78-years old Kurt Westergaard, author of one of the most well-known of the infamous Muhammed Cartoons:

Two Chicago men charged in terror scheme

When FBI agents at O’Hare arrested David Headley en route to Pakistan earlier this month on charges he plotted to kill a newspaper cartoonist in Denmark, authorities say he held an additional airline reservation – to Copenhagen.

He was to depart Thursday.

Headley’s friend, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who shared an extreme hatred for cartoons that depicted the prophet Mohammed, arranged for the flight, authorities said.

Any depiction of the prophet, even a favorable one, is forbidden by Islamic law as likely to lead to idolatry.

The Chicago men, who knew each other from a military school in Pakistan, on Tuesday were accused of an international plot dubbed “The Mickey Mouse Project” that since late 2008 included scheming with others to “commit terrorist acts against overseas targets,” according to federal criminal complaints made public in Chicago.

The North Side men are accused of plotting to target employees of the Danish newspaper Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten, which published cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in 2005, sparking violent riots across the Muslim world.

The most controversial of the 12 cartoons depicted Mohammed wearing a bomb with a lit fuse as a turban. That cartoon was drawn by Kurt Westergaard, 78 – who was targeted for assassination, authorities said.

This is the cartoon in question:

jyllandsposten_bombhead

For this act of free speech, a right we in the West hold to be among the universal, natural rights of Mankind, Mr. Westergaard and Flemming Rose, the editor of the Jyllands-Posten, as well as other staff at the paper were marked for death.

They were to be murdered for offending Islam.

Free speech means nothing unless it means the freedom to criticize and even give offense, for no other kind of speech needs protection. If we renounce our right to criticize or even insult a public figure, a political party, or even a religion –any religion– then free speech is dead, the first amendment is “just words,” and we are all self-made dhimmis living in fear.

Which is exactly what jihadists like David Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana want.

(hat tip: Jihad Watch)

RELATED: The original Dread Cartoons Of Blasphemy.


Boot on boots on the ground

October 23, 2009

Afghanistan – what should we do? That’s the question that bedevils the Obama administration, even though the alleged Commander in Chief announced his decision for a counterinsurgency back in March to great fanfare, declaring the world’s safety was “at stake.” Then, having appointed a general to determine how that strategy would best be implemented, the President had a WTF moment when General McChrystal made it known he was going to ask for 40-50,000 more troops to implement that strategy. Now the White House has apparently decided to un-decide its March decision so it can again conduct a “top to bottom” review of Afghan policy in order to decide (again) on a strategy. (Much to the annoyance of Darth Vader Dick Cheney.)

Voices on the Right have supported an aggressive Afghan strategy to defeat al Qaeda and its Taliban allies (who are these days almost indistinguishable), but have differed sharply over how to do it. Some argue for a counterterrorism strategy, narrowly targeting al Qaeda with Special Forces and missile strikes and worrying far less about what they deride as “nation-building.” Others argue for a counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy that concentrates on protecting the Afghan population from the depredations of the Taliban, gaining their trust and cooperation, which would isolate the enemy and allow aggressive operations against them. Again, General McChrystal has recommended COIN.

Max Boot, a foreign policy and strategy analyst and former advisor to the McCain presidential campaign, argues for the COIN approach and believes in giving McChrystal all he wants and more. As part of his case, he cites the success already reached in small areas of Afghanistan with a limited COIN approach. There’s No Substitute for Troops on the Ground:

“I HOPE people who say this war is unwinnable see stories like this. This is what winning in a counterinsurgency looks like.”
Lt. Col. William F. McCollough, commander of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, is walking me around the center of Nawa, a poor, rural district in southern Afghanistan’s strategically vital Helmand River Valley. His Marines, who now number more than 1,000, arrived in June to clear out the Taliban stronghold. Two weeks of hard fighting killed two Marines and wounded 70 more but drove out the insurgents. Since then the colonel’s men, working with 400 Afghan soldiers and 100 policemen, have established a “security bubble” around Nawa.
Colonel McCollough recalls that when they first arrived the bazaar was mostly shuttered and the streets empty. “This town was strangled by the Taliban,” he says. “Anyone who was still here was beaten, taxed or intimidated.”
Today, Nawa is flourishing. Seventy stores are open, according to the colonel, and the streets are full of trucks and pedestrians. Security is so good we were able to walk around without body armor — unthinkable in most of Helmand, the country’s most dangerous province. The Marines are spending much of their time not in firefights but in clearing canals and building bridges and schools. On those rare occasions when the Taliban try to sneak back in to plant roadside bombs, the locals notify the Marines.
The key to success in Nawa — and in other key districts from Garmsir in the south to Baraki Barak in the center — has been the infusion of additional United States troops. The overall American force in Afghanistan has grown to 68,000 from 32,000 in 2008. That has made it possible to garrison parts of the country where few if any soldiers had been stationed before. Before the Marines arrived in Nawa, for instance, there were just 40 embattled British soldiers there.

“I HOPE people who say this war is unwinnable see stories like this. This is what winning in a counterinsurgency looks like.”

Lt. Col. William F. McCollough, commander of the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, is walking me around the center of Nawa, a poor, rural district in southern Afghanistan’s strategically vital Helmand River Valley. His Marines, who now number more than 1,000, arrived in June to clear out the Taliban stronghold. Two weeks of hard fighting killed two Marines and wounded 70 more but drove out the insurgents. Since then the colonel’s men, working with 400 Afghan soldiers and 100 policemen, have established a “security bubble” around Nawa.

Colonel McCollough recalls that when they first arrived the bazaar was mostly shuttered and the streets empty. “This town was strangled by the Taliban,” he says. “Anyone who was still here was beaten, taxed or intimidated.”

Today, Nawa is flourishing. Seventy stores are open, according to the colonel, and the streets are full of trucks and pedestrians. Security is so good we were able to walk around without body armor — unthinkable in most of Helmand, the country’s most dangerous province. The Marines are spending much of their time not in firefights but in clearing canals and building bridges and schools. On those rare occasions when the Taliban try to sneak back in to plant roadside bombs, the locals notify the Marines.

The key to success in Nawa — and in other key districts from Garmsir in the south to Baraki Barak in the center — has been the infusion of additional United States troops. The overall American force in Afghanistan has grown to 68,000 from 32,000 in 2008. That has made it possible to garrison parts of the country where few if any soldiers had been stationed before. Before the Marines arrived in Nawa, for instance, there were just 40 embattled British soldiers there.

This mirrors the Coalition experience in Afghanistan, where small examples of counterinsurgency’s effectiveness foreshadowed the immense success of the “surge” strategy in 2007-08. And while it’s foolhardy to apply a program as a one-size-fits-all template without considering local conditions, the Marines’ experience at Nawa and elsewhere indicates that COIN could work in Afghanistan, too, if given enough time and resources.

But there are serious questions, largely revolving around the hold of Islam on the population: Can a COIN strategy genuinely separate the population from the Taliban and al Qaeda, who claim to be mujahideen, “holy warriors?” Or will they only claim to be on our side, but instead practice taqiyya (religiously sanctioned deception), taking the goodies we offer but helping their Muslim brethren, fellow members of the Ummah? (Which I suspect would be the argument of Robert Spencer, an expert on Islam who grants great weight to its hold on the believer.) If the latter, then COIN would be a waste. I suspect the answer lies somewhere in the middle and that it will come down to “how many are there of each.” How many will genuinely back us, as opposed to those playing us for infidel suckers?

Based on our experiences in Iraq and the success of small COIN projects in Afghanistan, such as at Nawa, and given the expertise of Generals McChrystal and Petraeus (Servator Respublicae Iraqi!), I’m inclined to support the COIN strategy as “not guaranteed, but well-worth trying.” Afghanistan is the land from which the attacks of September 11th, 2001, were launched, and we can ill-afford to let the Taliban and al Qaeda come to dominate it again.

You decided on counterinsurgency once already, Mr. President. Now, act like a commander-in-chief and stick to it.

Related Reading: As I said, there’s been an argument on the Right about counterinsurgency versus counterterrorism.  Following are links to five articles that I think capture this debate and are well-worth your time to read. All these authors are top-notch:

  • Andy McCarthy writes against COIN, arguing that it’s folly to attempt “…the unlikeliest of social-engineering experiments: bringing big, modern, collectivist, secular government to a segmented, corrupt, tribal Islamic society”
  • Ralph Peters contends angrily that COIN is crazy, and it’s getting our troops murdered.
  • Max Boot has his own angry answer to McCarthy, and says McChrystal’s COIN strategy is the only way to win in Afghanistan and that the last eight years prove it.
  • Frederick Kagan makes his own persuasive argument that counterinsurgency is the way to go and that counterterrorism’s kill-and-capture methods have been shown not to work in the long run.
  • Finally, McCarthy replies to his critics to say that, if you don’t understand Islamic ideology, you don’t understand the problem in Afghanistan.

The articles are best read in the order presented, I think.