CHARLOTTE, NC: The one thing more maddening than the ambivalence that ensues after every major terrorist attack is the inane follow-up questions and/or commentary by the media.
In the wake of the horrendous Easter attacks in Sri Lanka which left nearly 300 innocent people dead, one article stated
“No one is quite sure yet why police didn’t act on the intelligence when it was received, but it’s certain to be a very big topic of conversation in Sri Lanka and around the world.” (Sri Lanka Was Warned of Possible Attacks. Why Didn’t It Stop Them?)
Shouldn’t the real question be, if there were intelligence reports leading up to the incidents, why didn’t the media keep citizens informed of the possibility?
The reason, of course, is because we are constantly lulled into an on-going false sense of security, or better yet, apathy, that “it couldn’t happen here” until it actually does. Then when it does, everyone scratches their heads and asks the same silly questions.
The next most frustrating aspect, according to Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch
“Reflects the establishment media’s ironclad rule: whenever non-Muslims attack Muslims, Muslims are the victims. And when Muslims attack non-Muslims, Muslims are the victims.” (UK: “Crisis analyst” says Sri Lanka jihad massacres could lead to violence against Muslims)
If we can ever get beyond the liberal concept of Muslim victimization, which appears is never going to happen, then possibly something might change. Certainly, it won’t occur while bleeding-heart apologists continue to look the other way.
Terrorists attacked Benghazi because of a video, Sri Lanka for New Zealand mosque bombings
Once again stating the obvious, the media is reporting that the multiple suicide attacks were carried out as retaliation for the bombings of two mosques in New Zealand in March when more than 50 Muslims were killed.
While Islamic apologists nod their heads and scratch their knowledgeable chins and opine that it is nothing more than the old “eye for an eye” concept, they fail to recognize that “retaliation” in the Muslim world is nothing more than a synonym for “justification.”
Basically, it’s an excuse, just as 9/11 was Osama bin Laden’s reasoning for the Muslim defeat at the gates of Vienna on 9/11 in 1683.
That date is not wrong. 9/11 was retaliation for something that actually happened 318 years earlier!
That’s a long time to hold a grudge, but it follows the three most common fundamentals of Islam; “Victimization, Justification and Intolerance.”
All of which are easy to rationalize at any given time.
National Thawheed Jama’ut
According to the latest reports, the attacks were carried out by National Thawheed Jama’ut (NMJ) along with another local group, Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim (JMI).
The style was similar to al-Qaeda incidents in the past where several relatively simultaneous attacks occurred in various places, thereby creating panic, confusion and, most of all, diluting the strength of responders by spreading them thin throughout one area.
As David Harsanyi observes in The Federalist (Islamic Terrorism Remains The World’s Greatest Threat To Peace)
“The coordinated bomb blasts…demonstrates the kind of meticulous planning, funding, resources, and support that is still exclusively the domain of radical Islamic terrorism. It’s not merely that the act was planned to maximize the death toll, but that it is a continuation of long-standing efforts by Islamists to destroy the Christian communities left in Asia.”
Harsanyi believes that Islamic terrorism continues to be the single greatest threat to global world peace. Sadly, there are not enough people who agree with him to make a difference.
“The American left continues to downplay the danger, first by arguing that Islam has nothing to do with Islamic terrorism, then by lumping every white-skinned person who commits a terrorist act into one imaginary coherent political movement to contrast against it,” writes Harsanyi.
Harsanyi then reminds us, almost in scolding fashion, that
“There’s not a single Western country that doesn’t afford Muslim citizens the same rights it does as all other citizens. No government on Earth supports white supremacy.”
Back in the days when common sense was far more prevalent, that thought would have been known as a “double standard.” In today’s topsy-turvy world. it has been skewed into something called “Islamophobia.”
Terrorism in Sri Lanka on the rise
Apparently, tensions in Sri Lanka have been brewing for several years among a number of groups according to Alan Keenan, a Senior Analyst with the International Crisis Group, who said there’s “a lot of anger” in the country. (Sri Lanka Attacks May Lead To Further Violence Against Muslims, Says Crisis Analyst)
“That’s a very dangerous development and I’m afraid that if strong action isn’t taken and the right messages aren’t sent by government leaders and religious leaders of all groups, there’s a real possibility of further violence.”
One thing Keenan’s message does suggest, however, is that the Easter attacks probably had little or nothing to do with the New Zealand killings a month ago.
Jihad is here to stay
Why the left cannot seem to grasp that Islamic jihadist strategies have been with us for 14 centuries is confounding. Even if Alan Keenan is correct about religious animosities in Sri Lanka, it still behooves us to analyze the entire track record of violence in the name of Islam during the past 1400 years.
In that sense, for contemporary thinking David Harsanyi’s view is accurate: “(N)o group threatens global peace the same way that political Islam does. None has its reach or material and theological support. None has created more mayhem and death in the world since the end of the Cold War. The Sri Lankan massacre is just another harrowing reminder.”
Once more we have been reminded of the scourge of terrorism. Unfortunately, the chances are good it will all be forgotten again in a matter of weeks, if not days.
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Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor is an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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