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Islamist 10-Year-old Girl Blows Herself Up in Nigerian Suicide Attack

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

A girl estimated to be around 10 years old blew herself up, killed four people and wounded 46 others in a suicide attack in Nigeria, the Associated Press reported.

The Nigerian Boko Haram terrorist group is suspected of being behind the attack. Authorities so far have not been able to identify the girl, who was blown up to pieces, but her suicide might be only  a preview of more atrocities from the Islamic State (ISIS), Boko Harem and other radical Islamic terrorists who kidnap girls.

Their victims usually are older than the young girl in Sunday’s attack.

Boko Haram is the same group of barbarians who kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, most of them Christians, last April. All but a few remain missing, and Boko Haram has claimed they converted to Islam and were given as wives to terrorists.

The terrorist army has been fighting five years to make Nigeria, whose population is divided between Muslims and Christians, into an Islamic state.

Boko Haram ‘Using Kidnapped Girls as Human Bombs’

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Boko Haram may have just bested ISIS in the global competition for most depraved terrorist organization.

This Islamist terrorist group is responsible for at least 10,000 violent deaths last year alone, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Boko Haram first developed in 2002, in northeastern Nigeria.

Now the Nigerian-based barbarians have devised a new tactic for achieving its mass murders: kidnapping young girls and using them as human bombs.

In an NBC News Report, experts explained that three suicide bombings which took place last weekend were carried out be girls appearing to be around 10 years old. Those girls were likely abducted by Boko Haram members and may not have even known they were carrying bombs, which were detonated with a remote controlled by others.

In addition to the macabre use of young girls as expendable weapons, the Nigerian terrorist organization torched at least 10 towns, killing or leaving homeless around 2,000.

It is certainly possible, according to the experts, that the kidnapped girls being used as explosives include some of the 276 girls from Chibok of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.

The sect calls itself Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, or “people committed to the propagation of the Prophet’s teachings and jihad.” But it is referred to as Boko Haram, which translates to “Western education is sinful.” The group, like ISIS, seeks to create its own state based on sharia, strict Islamic law.

ISIS Richest Terrorist Group, Hamas Comes in 2nd

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Terrorist groups frequently operate as criminal organizations, engaging in activities such as drug trafficking, robberies and extortion, in order to finance their terrorist operations.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the most notorious, barbaric terrorist group at the moment, ISIS, is now officially the richest terrorist group of all time, according to Forbes Israel. Hamas, another Islamist terrorist organization, is in second place.

In addition to their criminal activities, the terrorist groups also raise substantial funds through “charities,” donations, and, incredibly, in some cases by government agencies.

As surreal as it is to be discussing ISIS in terms of a typical business model, the Forbes report also discussed how ISIS acquires and pays for various tasks similar to most other large organizations, including maintenance, salaries, training, acquisition of weapons and vehicles.

Not content with listing the richest men or women in the world, Forbes also provided a ranking of the ten richest terrorist organizations, including their net worth and rankings.

ISIS has an annual income of $2 billion. The terrorists in second place is Hamas, which takes in $1 billion annually. In third place is a non-Middle Eastern terrorist organization, one that has been around for a long time: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – the People’s Army (FARC), which rakes in $600 million annually.

In fourth through sixth place are more Middle Eastern Islamic terrorist groups: Hezbollah ($500 million), the Taliban ($400 million), and Al-Qaeda and affiliates ($150 million).

In 7th place is another Islamic group, the Pakistan-based Lashkar e-taiba ($100 million). This group was behind the deadly Mombai bombings in late fall of 2008.

In eighth and tenth places are two more Islamist groups, both based in Africa. In eighth place is Al-Shabab ($70 million), and tenth place is Boko Haram ($25 million).

In ninth place is what is known as “Real IRA,” with an annual take of $50 million. This group also calls itself the “Volunteers of Ireland,” and is perhaps the oldest and best known of all the groups, at least tracing back to its original version, the Irish Volunteers, established in the early 20th century, later evolving into the Irish Republican Army. Former members formed the RIRA due to dissatisfaction over the IRA’s ceasefire agreement.

According to the Forbes report, Hamas entered “the big league” as the result of its takeover of Gaza in 2007.

Hooray for democracy.

Pick Your Jihad; Choose Your Infidel

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

{Originally posted on author’s site, FirstOne Through}

The rise of Islamic extremism is not new. It is not a surprise. The mission of jihadists has been clearly broadcast for years:

HAMAS

The Hamas Charter was drafted in 1988. It mentions the word “jihad” 36 times in the charter. Its enemy is spelled out clearly: Jews.

“In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.”

“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it”

Jew/s/ish is mentioned 12 times in its charter. “Zion/ism/ist” is mentioned 20 times.

Hamas was democratically elected by the Palestinian people in 2006 to carry out a war against the Jews and to destroy Israel. The attacks against Israel in the summer of 2014 were a consistent part of its mission.

Al QAEDA

Al Qaeda did not suddenly appear on 9/11/2001. In 1998, it stated its goal of killing all Americans:

“we issue the following fatwa to all Muslims: The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military – is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it”

Al Qaeda has not backed down on its pledge while the US has enlisted the world support to defeat the group.

BOKO HARAM

The kidnapping of over 200 Christian girls in Nigeria in April 2014 shocked the world. Boko Haram made no secret of its targeted enemy a few years earlier: Christians.

“The Nigerian state and Christians are our enemies and we will be launching attacks on the Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state.”

The world has tweeted its support to bring back the girls and has provided support to find the attackers.

Many extremist groups continue to operate around the MENA region: Al-Shabaab, ISIS and Khorasan are only a few. Their aims are clear. Their path is jihad. Only the name of the infidel changes based on where the jihadists operate.

What is the world reaction to each of these extremist groups? Is the global community clear in its response?

A few years ago, the United Nations established an anti-terrorism unit. Its directive has noble goals for combating terrorism such as stopping the flow of funds and people to these groups. However, the committee has not been clear about who the terrorists are, as it only mentions Al-Qaeda and the Taliban as terrorist groups. These other jihadists could thereby escape sanctions.

Jihad is Jihad. Terrorism is Terrorism. The world must unite to stop it. The goal must be clear and unequivocal.

The Jihadists are.

Leader of al-Shabab Assassinated by US Drone in Somalia

Friday, September 5th, 2014

If there was a contest for most bloodthirsty, amoral murdering groups in the world at the moment, al-Shabab would qualify at least for the final round, along with ISIS and Boko Haram.

So it is a relief to end this blood-soaked week with a report of the Pentagon confirming that Ahmed Godane, the undisputed leader (because he killed off any contenders) of al-Shabab, was eliminated by a U.S. drone attack last week. The Somalian Prime Minister also confirmed Godane’s death.

For those who can’t keep their murderous Islamic groups straight, al-Shabab is the group that attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, slaughtering at least 67 people during a four-day siege.

“The attack at Westgate Mall was to torment the Kenyan leaders who’ve impulsively invaded [Somalia]. It was also a retribution against the Western states that supported the Kenyan invasion and are spilling the blood of innocent Muslims in order to pave the way for their mineral companies,” Godane said at the time.

Godane came on the international radar screen back in 2003, when he was believed to be responsible for the murder of a British couple who were teachers in Somaliland.

When the United States backed Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia to rid the country of the terrorist organization known as the Islamic Courts Union, Godane was already a rising star in the al-Shabab terrorist group which took it upon themselves to oust the foreign, Christian assault on their fellow Muslim Islamic Courts.

Under Godane’s leadership, al-Shabab ventured beyond Somalia’s borders,, with attacks in several countries, including suicide bombings in Uganda which resulted in nearly 100 deaths.

In 2009, Godane released a jihadist video called entitled “At your service, Osama.” In the video he urged all Somalis to follow the al Qaeda leader, and vowed that “the wars will not end until Islamic Sharia is implemented in all continents in the world.”

Following the death of Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda welcomed Godane’s overture and he pledged al-Shabab’s allegiance to al Qaeda in 2012.

Al-Shabab is estimated to have at least 5000 fighters, dozens of whom are from the west.

And now its leader is dead, killed when his convoy was attacked by a U.S. UAV missile on Monday, Sept. 1, in Southern Somalia.

Beware! Beheading Becoming New Fashion for Jihad Terrorists

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Beware! Beheading is rapidly becoming the new fashion method for terrorists. The Islamic State’s methods are spreading very quickly to other geographic arenas in the Middle East and Africa.

In the past couple of weeks we have heard about cases of beheading in numerous other countries. There have been such cases reported in Lebanon, in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, and in Nigeria as well, the latter carried out by the Boko Haram group who kidnapped hundreds of Christian girls for slaves several months ago.

Unfortunately the media – especially the social media – has no doubt played a major role in exporting the idea of beheading from Iraq and Syria to other parts of the world.

Reports of the incidents zip around the world with each new beheading, although such barbaric methods are not new. Journalist James Foley was not the first victim. And journalist Steve Sotloff, a Jewish Israeli-American dual citizen who hid both his Judaism and his Israeli citizenship, just joined his beheaded colleague.

We have already seen what Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi did to Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. We saw what happened to British soldier Lee Rigby in the streets of London.

Now, I am afraid, beheading has become a fashion; an acceptable, legitimate, ‘regular’ method of jihad.

The Western silence is shocking. Everyone says it is “there” and not “here.” “Who cares about ‘them’?” “Let them kill each other.”

Where are the demonstrations against the beheading of the Yazidis? Where is the support for the Christians in Nigeria? Where are all the moderate Muslims? Why don’t we hear their condemnation of this ‘fashion’ of beheading?

The world is sleep-walking!!

Be warned: if the world continues to simply bat helplessly away in deafening silence, beheading will become a fashion in “our” place as well. If will cross continents and oceans, and no place will remain immune.

Wake up before it’s too late. I hope and pray I am wrong; but I fear that I am only too right.

The Ideological War

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Looking at our recent history and near future, it seems like the wars keeps coming and the condemnation of other nations and their ‘voices of morality’ reliably follow.

Our foes want us dead, and we see no exit.

It seems as though our menu of choices has only three choices. Keep fighting with no hope of any resolution, eliminate our enemies, or have them eliminate us. Any hope for a peace agreement is founded in a false narrative. For our enemies, an ‘acceptable peace’ is our elimination. They are willing to pay a tremendous price in their own peoples’ blood to achieve it.

It is a stark and deeply uncomfortable reality. With each fight the world seems to hate us more and its condemnation seems to gather force.

Our allies appear to abandon us. Stage-by-stage, they walk away. First they abandon us diplomatically, then they deny us arms and then they turn fully against us or simply allow others to do the job they lack the courage to do themselves. Some do it to our faces, but others lack the conviction and courage to so publicly share their desires.

It seems hopeless.

The biblical statement that the nations will look upon us and say, “Only a nation of wisdom and understanding is this great people” seems almost like a joke.

But we are the Jewish people. And through every catastrophe, we seek hope; we dream, forever, of peace.

Peace without extermination.

The question is: how do we get there?

Our reality is that we are the vanguard. The vanguard of an ideological war. Like any ideological war, deaths and guns and bombs and diplomacy and alliances are only the symptoms of conflict. They are not its core.

Our enemies are fighting their own ideological wars. Their solutions are extermination. And we are not their only target. In Syria, Nigeria, Iraq and other places we can see their approach to this war. Guns and bombs and death seem to define their battle.

In this ideological war, Israel is playing defense.  We are justifying our actions, but our actions are only responses to the attacks upon us. We are forever playing defense. We argue that we belong here; but we are failing to conduct our ideological war like we conduct our physical ones; but pushing the battle into our enemies’ space.

But we can conduct an offensive. If we believe in our ideas, we can attack. We can do more than roll back the advances of our enemies. We can overwhelm them with our vision and our promise in this world.

Writing in the early 5th century, a prominent Christian theologian named Augustine presaged our modern world. He spoke about a City of G-d. But instead of being a physical city, it was a city of shared religious connection that unified disparate people wherever they may be.

We are now seeing a twisted and dangerous version of his insight. The Internet and modern media seem to be producing a multitude of twisted Cities of G-d. We are flooded with people grouping themselves by ideas. They are then forming into international groups with more cohesion than ever before. They are like flash mobs of destruction. Some dominate societies. That is what the Islamic State, Boko Haram and others are doing. They are forming state-like entities with laws and governments and territories.

They are a coming together of like-minded people to establish something new and different. Something dangerous and repulsive.

States like Israel and its allies have a very hard time dealing with this. We want to deal with other states. We want to play by the rules that have developed over hundreds of years. We can’t understand how to battle with people who ignore our model and our world view. We somehow imagine that negotiations with states formed purely for offensive ideological purposes – states like the Palestinian Authority – are a solution.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-ideological-war/2014/08/07/

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