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US: Canceling Olympics an Option Due to Terrorism Threats

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, had some ominous statements to share about the upcoming 2014 Olympics, set to begin Feb. 7,  in Sochi, Russia.

“I would say that the security threat to this particular Olympics are the greatest I think I’ve ever seen,” McCaul said.

He also said that canceling the Olympics is an option that has to remain on the table.

“If this thing gets worse, maybe we would consider that,” McCaul said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Jan. 26.

McCaul was particularly concerned about a recent statement made by al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who called for a global jihad against the Olympics.

That makes three separate Islamist terrorist threats against next month’s winter Olympics.  Doku Umarov, a terrorist leader who resides in the Caucasus Mountains not far from Sochi, called for jihad against the Olympics this past summer.  A second terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunna, released a video last week threatening terrorism against the games.

Canada has a different response to the very serious threat of terrorism at the Sochi games.  It has issued a warning to its athletes, calling on them to “carefully consider” whether to attend the games.

In an advisory late Friday, Jan. 24, Canada’s Public Safety Minister and the ministers of state of foreign affairs and sport said the Games were an “attractive” terrorist target and that airports and border crossings were “particularly vulnerable,” according to the National Post.

“Canadians should be aware that, although the host country will have special security arrangements in place at Olympic venues, this does not eliminate the risk of terrorist attacks,” the Public Safety Minister said. “The decision to travel despite these concerns rests with the traveler, and such decisions should be considered carefully.”

Israel has a five person delegation set to travel to Sochi for the Olympics, three figure skaters, a speed  and one skier.  So far Israel has not made any public statements about specific security steps for its Olympic athletes, but the safety of Israeli athletes at global events has been an especial concern ever since 11 Israelis were murdered at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Islamists Threaten Russian Olympics as Terrorist Attacks Continue

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

On Monday, Dec. 30, there was a second suicide bombing in Russia. Monday’s bombing took place on a bus and left 14 people dead. The city of Volgograd was already reeling from a suicide bombing in the city’s main railway station less than 24 hours earlier. In that attack, 17 people were killed and dozens more injured.

Volgograd is a city in Russia on the western bank of the Volga River.

There were no immediate public claims of credit for the bombings, but it is no secret in Russia that the major Islamist movement in the region has vowed to disrupt the Olympic Games in the Russian southern city of Sochi which are scheduled to take place this coming February.

This past June, Doku Umarov, the leader of the Russian Muslim terrorist group, released a video in which he called on his followers to use “maximum force” to ensure the Olympics not take place.

Umarov claims that the land on which the Olympics are to be held contains the bones of many dead Muslims.

“Today we must show those who live in the Kremlin … that our kindness is not weakness,” Umarov said, speaking in a forest and dressed in green camouflage. “They plan to hold the Olympics on the bones of our ancestors, on the bones of many, many dead Muslims buried on our land by the Black Sea. We as mujahideen are required not to allow that, using any methods that Allah allows us” Umarov stated in the video.

Umarov, believed to be hiding in the mountainous area between Chechnya and Dagestan, has claimed responsibility for several major terrorist attacks in transportation sites in Russia, including an airport and a Moscow metro station.  Those attacks killed nearly 100 people.

He had made a public promise not to unleash any more terrorist attacks on Russian soil, but has since revoked that announcement because of the insult of Russia’s hosting the 2014 Olympics on what he and his followers are claiming as Muslim burial grounds.

Umarov is suspected of playing a leading role in the 2004 brutal attack on a school in Beslan, during which 300 people were killed, many of whom were elementary school students.

Sometime during the mid-to late 2000′s, the claim of the Chechen rebels metamorphosed from a separatist focus to a fundamentalist Islamic focus. Umarov proclaimed that Western countries are the enemies of all Muslims. He also announced he intended to install Sharia law across the region.

Given the brutal clampdown of forces counter to Russian supremacy, it will be fascinating to watch how Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, responds to the current Islamist threat.  In this case the threat does not merely constitute an insult to Russia, it threatens to become a major embarrassment of Putin and his country on the world stage of the Olympics.

We may be watching the ultimate Olympic match. One in which an immovable object – Putin and his country – is met by an unstoppable force – fervent Islamist terrorism. It will not be a spectacle for the meek.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/islamists-threaten-russian-olympics-as-terrorist-attacks-continue/2013/12/31/

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