Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Muslims must prove themselves

* Terrorists
* Extremists

THE LONDON ATTACK was by terrorists; likewise the Manchester attack; the Paris attacks -– plural — were by extremists. Ditto Spain and Germany.

But tv talking heads, being “Politically Correct” — or simply following ex.-president Obama’s lead — won’t pronounce “Islamist” (or “Muslim” terrorist or extremist in the same breath.

That’s as stupid as giving a description of a person wanted for murder as “n” feet tall and weighing so many pounds but omitting the suspect’s skin color.

BUT, we must be politically correct.

TO BE FAIR, in some cases the authorities had been alerted by Muslims about other Muslims who seemed extreme.

    As an example, Anti-extremism organization the Quilliam Foundation have said they reported London Bridge attacker Khuram Butt to counter-terrorism authorities almost a year before the deadly attack.

    Quilliam chief executive Haras Rafiq said its report should have been taken more seriously as it came from a counter-terrorism group rather than a member of the public.

    The Muslim community in Barking had highlighted concerns about London Bridge attacker Khuram Shazad Butt, who is thought to have once attended the Jabir Bin Zayd Islamic Centre in Barking, according to a community leader.

    Ash Siddique, the secretary of the Al-Madina Mosque in Barking which is close to centre, said concerns were raised about Butt on three occasions, the Press Association reported. (Source: The Guardian)

Unfortunately, the Quilliam report is the exception to the rule.

Most of the terrorists/extremists are known to their fellows for what they are. They might not wear shirts proclaiming “I Am A Terrorist,” but their behavior and choice of associates HAS to offer a clue to their intent.

The problem is, in most cases, the people who may suspect someone refuse — for a multitude of reasons — to come forward. Even when they are better off in all respects than they were in the lands from which they emigrated, they still are suspicious of, and uncomfortable with, the more or less democratic governments of the countries that gave them sanctuary. There is a similar problem with blacks in America; many don’t trust “The Man.” At other times, the fear for their own safety in their community is sufficient to silence people.

    In the U.S. — tragically proven by 9-11 (2001) — the so-called federal cops (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. and et al) refuse to cooperate among themselves; turf wars are as much responsible for the deaths on 9-11 as the Muslim terrorists who high jacked the four planes. Despite presidential proclamations that the organizations are now cooperating, in real life, the turf battles continue.

The UK, France, and Germany have taken in tens of thousands of Muslims who, for one reason or another, left their homelands. Some fled from civil wars; some fled from Obama’s Arab Spring. As with most immigrants, the newcomers tend to congregate in neighborhoods where the language and customs are similar to the once they left behind. Unlike earlier immigrants, they are loath to integrate into the nation’s society, setting up their own (Sharia) laws and demanding anyone entering their domain adhere to their laws. (Rather like going to Mea Sharim in Israel where attacks on outsiders can range from words to rocks.)

Terror resume’

Of the 11 terrorist attacks in the UK since 2005, eight were at the hands of Muslim extremists/terrorists. The following from Wikipedia except as otherwise indicated. Prior to 2005, most terrorist attacks were carried out by the IRA.

  • 2005, 7 July: 7/7 central London bombings conducted by four separate Islamist extremist suicide bombers, which targeted civilians using the public transport system during the morning rush hour. Three bombs were detonated on three separate trains on the London Underground and one on a double-decker bus. 56 people were killed and 700 were injured. It was the UK's worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and the first Islamist suicide attack in the country.
  • 2007, 30 June: Glasgow International Airport attack perpetrated by Islamist extremists. Five people were injured and the only death was of one of the perpetrators.
  • 2008, 22 May: Exeter attempted bombing in a café toilet by an Islamist extremist, injuring only the perpetrator.
  • 2013, 22 May: A British soldier, Lee Rigby, was murdered and decapitated in an attack in Woolwich by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, two Islamist extremists armed with a handgun and a number of bladed implements including a cleaver. Both men were sentenced to life imprisonment, with Adebolajo given a whole life order and Adebowale ordered to serve at least 45 years.
  • 2015, 5 December: A man with a knife attacked three people at Leytonstone Tube Station in East London. The attacker was 29-year old Muslim Muhaydin Mire who was shouting "this is for Syria". The attacker was found guilty of attempted murder in June 2016. Three people were injured in the attack and one was seriously injured.
  • 2017, 22 March: 2017 Westminster attack - Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British man, born in Kent as Adrian Elms, drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before crashing the vehicle into the Palace of Westminster's perimeter. He then entered the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place of the Houses of Parliament, before being confronted by a police officer, whom he fatally stabbed before being shot himself. Six, including the perpetrator and the officer, were killed in the incident, and 49 people were injured. The attack is being treated as an act of terrorism motivated by Islamic extremism.
  • 2017, 22 May: 2017 Manchester Arena bombing – Suicide bomber Salman Abedi is believed to have travelled to Syria and become radicalised before returning to the UK to cause carnage at a gig in the city where he was born. The son of Libyan parents, who reportedly fled their native country and sought refuge in the UK, he is thought to have come back to Britain from Libya just days before the massacre. It was the most deadly terror related incident in the United Kingdom since the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.
  • 2017, 3 June: June 2017 London attack, still developing. 7 people were confirmed dead and at least 48 injured, some of whom are still in a critical state in hospitals across London. A white van drove at high speed across London Bridge, running into groups of people, then crashed. The occupants then ran to close by Borough Market where they stabbed many people. All three of the terrorists involved were shot dead by police just 8 minutes after the incident was reported. All three were wearing what appeared to be suicide bomb vests, which turned out to be fake.
Muslims were targeted on 2013, 29 April to 12 July by Pavlo Lapshyn attacks. Lapshyn, a Ukrainian student and right-wing extremist, stabbed Mohammed Saleem, a Birmingham resident to death on 29 April. He later admitted to police that he wished to start a "race war". Lapshyn later detonated a home-made bomb outside a mosque in Walsall on 21 June. 150 homes were evacuated but no person was injured. On 28 June Lapshyn detonated a second home-made bomb near a mosque in Wolverhampton, and attacked a mosque in Tipton with an improvised explosive device containing nails on 12 July. Friday prayers were delayed that day, and so his intended victims were still inside. Laphsyn was later sentenced to serve a minimum of 40 years.

Of 30 terrorists attacks in France since 2003, 19 have been directly attributed to Islamist extremists. The list is from Wikipedia.

  • 8 October 2004: Bomb attack against the Indonesian Embassy in Paris, claimed by the Front islamique français armé.
  • 11-22 March 2012: Toulouse and Montauban shootings, murders of three French paratroopers, and a French Rabbi and three French schoolchildren (aged eight, six and three), carried out over a period of 11 days by Mohammed Merah.
  • 23 May 2013: 2013 La Défense attack by an Islamist knifeman against a French soldier in the Paris suburb of La Défense.
  • 20 December 2014: 2014 Tours police station stabbing. A man yelling "Allahu Akbar” attacked a police officer in Joué-lès-Tours with a knife. He was killed and 3 police officers were injured.
  • 7-9 January 2015: January 2015 Île-de-France attacks, a mass shooting at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, carried out by Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, two Islamist gunmen who identified themselves as belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen. During this period, a third Islamist gunman and close friend of the Kouachi brothers, Amedy Coulibaly was responsible for two shootings and an hostage taking at a Hypercacher kosher market. He said he synchronized his attacks with the Kouachi brothers. Coulibaly had pledged allegiance to theIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • 3 February 2015: 3 military men, guarding a Jewish community center in Nice, are attacked by Moussa Coulibaly (not related to the January Coulibaly attacks).
  • 19 April 2015: Unsuccessful attack against 2 churches in Villejuif by an Algerian jihadist. He killed a woman probably when trying to steal her car but accidentally shot himself in the leg, putting an end to his plans.
  • 26 June 2015: Saint-Quentin-Fallavier attack. An Islamist delivery driver probably linked to ISIS decapitated a man and rammed a company van into gas cylinders at the Air Products gas factory in an attempt to blow up the building.
  • 13-14 November 2015: November 2015 Paris attacks. The single deadliest terrorist attack in French history. Multiple shooting and grenade attacks occurred on a Friday night; among the locations targeted were a music venue, sports stadium and several bar and restaurant terraces. 90 persons were killed during a siege at an Eagles of Death Metal concert inside the Bataclan. French president François Hollande evacuated from a football match between France and Germany at the Stade de France, venue for the UEFA Euro 2016 Final, after three separate suicide bombings over the course of about 40 minutes. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks and President Hollande named the Paris attacks an "'act of war'"
  • 1 January 2016: A man rammed his car twice into 4 soldiers protecting a mosque in Valence. He said he wanted to kill troops and jihadi propaganda images were found on his computer.
  • 7 January 2016: January 2016 Paris police station attack, a jihadist wearing a fake explosive belt attacked police officers in the Goutte d'Or district in Paris with a meat cleaver, while shouting "Allahu Akbar". He was shot dead and one policeman receiving injuries. The ISIS flag and a clearly written claim in Arabic, were found on the attacker.
  • 13 June 2016: 2016 Magnanville stabbing, a police officer and his wife, a police secretary, were stabbed to death in their home in Magnanville by a jihadist. ISIS claimed responsibility.
  • 14 July 2016: A 19 ton cargo truck was deliberately driven into crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. The driver was Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a Tunisian resident of France. The attack ended following an exchange of gunfire, during which Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was shot and killed by police.
  • 19 July 2016: An Islamist staying in a holiday resort, in Garda-Colombe, attacked a family of four with a kitchen knife. He told prosecutors he was offended by their lack of suitable clothing.
  • 26 July 2016: 2016 Normandy church attack, two terrorists attacked a church during a mass, killing an 86-year-old priest. ISIS claimed responsibility.
  • 19 August 2016: A rabbi was stabbed in Strasbourg by a man reportedly shouting Allahu Akbar.
  • 4 September 2016: Two Islamists attacked an author and his son, with blows to the head and stomach. The author, who wrote a book on 'Jihad', lost consciousness, and has now requested full police protection on his premises. Both victims were called 'filthy whites' and the author's daughter was also verbally abused.
  • 3 February 2017: 2017 Paris machete attack. A soldier near the Louvre museum opened fire on a man who attempted to enter the museum with a machete. The man was shouting "Allahu akbar" and injured the soldier's scalp.
  • 20 April 2017: 2017 shooting of Paris police officers. An Islamist opened fire on police officers on the Champs-Elysees. ISIS claimed responsibility.

Until 2000, most of Germany’s terror attacks came from the Red Army or other non-Muslim groups. However, the Islamists made themselves known twice in Munich (1970, 1972); in Berlin (1982, 1986). Muslim terrorist activity picked up starting from September 2015. (Source: Wikipedia)

  • 10 February 1970: Munich - Three terrorists attack El Al passengers in a bus at the Airport with guns and grenades; one passenger is killed and 11 injured. All three terrorists were captured by airport police. The Action Organization for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine claim responsibility for the attack
  • 5 September 1972: Munich (Munich Massacre) - Eight armed terrorists stage an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany on 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team, who were taken hostage and eventually killed, along with a German police officer. Five of the attackers also died in the raid to free the hostages.
  • 15 January 1982: Berlin - An explosion at the Mifgash-Israel, a Jewish owned restaurant in West, injures 25 people. An infant girl, who was in critical condition after the blast, later dies of her injuries.
  • 4 April 1986: Berlin - A bomb placed on the dance-floor of the La Belle Discotheque, popular with United States military personnel, explodes, killing 3 and injuring hundreds more. Two of the dead were members of the United
  • 17 September 2015: Berlin - A 41-year-old self-proclaimed Islamist was shot dead in Berlin after he severely stabbed and injured a policewoman in an incident on a public street in Berlin
  • 19 July 2016: Wurzburg - On 18 July 2016, a 17-year-old asylum seeker injured four people, two critically, with a knife and hatchet on a train near Würzburg in Germany. A fifth person was injured outside. The state office of criminal investigations called it a terrorist attack with an Islamist religious motive. The attacker's Islamic State instructor "ordered" him "to use an axe rather than a knife in his attack. In a martyrdom video, the attacker blamed unspecified infidels trespassing against and murdering men, women and children, as well as leaders and Muslim citizens who did not object to this..
  • 24 July 2016 Multiple locations - Fifteen people were injured, four seriously, in a suicide bombing outside a wine bar in Ansbach, Germany.[3] The bomber, identified as Mohammad Daleel, was a 27-year-old Syrian refugee who had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State. He was the only fatality in the incident. According to German authorities, Daleel was in contact with the Islamic State and had been planning more attacks before his backpack bomb exploded accidentally. The incident followed three other attacks in Germany within a week, including a knife attack that killed a pregnant woman in Reutlingen earlier in the day, a mass shooting that killed nine people in Munich several days earlier, and a train attack in Würzburg. All of these were committed by people of Middle Eastern or Pashtun background, all of whom, save for the Munich shooter, were refugees or asylum seekers that recently came to Germany
  • 19 December 2016: Berlin - On 19 December 2016, a truck was deliberately driven into the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, leaving 12 people dead and 56 others injured. One of the victims was the truck's original driver, Łukasz Urban, who was found shot dead in the passenger seat. The perpetrator was Anis Amri, a Tunisian failed asylum seeker, urged by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Four days after the attack, he was killed in a shootout with police near Milan in Italy. An initial suspect was arrested and later released due to lack of evidence. The event was designated as a terrorist attack./LI>




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