Even as terrorism expands, Europe sticks its head in the sand

As long as we remain naive and refuse to accept what is happening almost on a daily basis before our very eyes, there can be no solutions for Islamic extremism and the violence it foments.


CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 2, 2017 ⏤ On a Monday morning following a weekend of violence in North America it might seem as though there would be plenty to write about.

Unfortunately, the scene is all too familiar since 9/11/01.

Everything that will be said has already been said on multiple occasions and will be repeated for the coming days as the entourage of talking heads takes to the airways to speculate and analyze the “whats”, “whys” and “hows” of terrorism, be it based on ideological differences, religion or just pure evil.

The real question, as it has been for many years now, is when are we going to wake up and begin to understand how dangerous the world in which we live has become?

Leaving the analysis of Las Vegas and Canada for others to ponder, it might do well to consider the ostrich-like perspectives of our European allies who continue to believe it is possible to “re-socialize” radical Islamists back into Western societies when they return from the Middle East.

To reach a better understanding of how dangerous the misconceptions of Jihad in Europe are, French reporter David Thomson wrote a book called “Les Revenants” (The Undead) in which he discusses French jihadists who fought for ISIS before coming back to France.

In the book, Thomson explains the contempt Islamic extremists possess when the West tries to de-radicalize them. One man named Zoubeir replied, ‘I don’t see how you can de-radicalize these people because they don’t see themselves as radicals, but as Muslims conforming to what they follow, which is the Koran.”

That point has been made time and again, usually leading to protests of “islamophobia” by apologists for the “religion of peace,” but it’s a valid statement that should be taken to heart.

Islamists follow the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as they are outlined in the Koran and Hadith. In so doing, they are NOT radical, they are simply following the tenants of their faith to the letter. Which, by definition, means that so-called “moderate Muslims” are, in the eyes of jihadists, the one who are “extreme.”

In a topsy-turvy world where up is down, left is right, and Muslims, rather than those who are slain in rivers of blood, are victims rather than those who perpetuated the terror, such thinking is beyond comprehension.

Recently a British adventurer named Emma Kelty took off on a trip through the Amazon with total ignorance of the potential for brutality that existed in the region. Two days later she was dead at the hands of a gang of young men with no regard for human life. The “water rats”, as they are called, murdered Kelty in cold blood for the fun of it.

Kelty’s mistake was no different than naive European mindsets whose leadership fails to grasp that there are enemy forces in the world, such as ISIS, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda etc. who have no other goal than to do harm to non-believers of Islam.

Gavin Mortimer of “The Spectator” describes prison as “jihadist university” according to David Thomson’s book. Writes Mortimer “Europe (is) where “Allah’s battle-hardened warriors can radicalize impressionable young Muslims serving time for petty crime.”

In a story to demonstrate his meaning, Thomson details an account by Zoubeir who was a cellmate of a French teenager after being arrested by Turkish authorities in 2015.

After spending every waking moment in the cell with the young Adel Kermiche, Zoubeir came to the conclusion that Kermiche was even more extreme than the men he had fought beside in Syria because of his determination to prove himself.

Using traditional Islamic tactics, such as taqiyya (strategic lying), the teenager was released in March of 2016 after convincing a judge that he was no longer a “radical” and had become a “Muslim (who was) grounded in the values of mercy and goodness.”

Shortly after his release, Kermiche and another teenage companion walked into a quiet church in Normandy, France and slit the throat of the priest.

Though warned against releasing Kermiche, the judge ignored the advice and, much like the rest of the Western media, questions regarding a “motive” for the senseless killings were among the first to be asked.

This is where “talking head-mania” derails itself. The motive was simple; it was Islam according to the teachings of Muhammad in the 7th century. There are 14 centuries of precedent. It slaps us in the face every time it happens yet we still cannot accept it in the West.

As long as we remain naive and refuse to accept what is happening almost on a daily basis before our very eyes, there can be no solutions for Islamic extremism.

The arrogance of the West at our ability to deal with Islamic jihad combined with our rampant and on-going naive approach to the situation is a dangerous combination that must be addressed…and soon.

About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award-winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)

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