CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 10, 2015 – Nowhere does the age-old adage “timing is everything” have more meaning than it does in the realm of Islamic extremism. Just days before the anniversary of 9/11/01, the Al-Qaeda magazine Inspire has encouraged lone wolf attacks against economic leaders in the U.S.
In case memory fails, one of the first issues of Inspire featured the story “How To Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.” It seemed humorous at the time. Then the Boston Marathon was disrupted by an attack in 2013 that killed three people and injured more than 250 others. The bombers used the information from the Al-Qaeda article to create their homemade weapons.
Whether or not the current Inspire article is real or not demonstrates the skill with which Islamists are capable of playing mind games.
Simple example: Next time you go to the movies with a friend, wait 10 minutes into the feature and ask if they remembered to turn out the lights on their car. Your friend may be certain that he or she did, but by planting the seed of doubt, it will worry them until they either get up and check or prepare for a dead battery when the show is over.
Editor Yahya Ibrahim says in his “Editor’s Letter” of the latest edition of Inspire that “in the coming days we are waiting for the anniversary of…the blessed 9/11 operation. We at Inspire, and in the cause of the events of 9/11, encourage that Muslims in the West to join the Lone Jihad caravan. In this issue, we have presented for the Lone Mujahid ways and methods to enable him to give victory to the religion and the prophet.”
The magazine goes on to list major economic leaders in the U.S. as targets, including Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, the Koch Brothers and even Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.
In publishing the article Al-Qaeda demonstrates the glaring hypocrisy of Islamic thinking. In 2006, conservative columnist and analyst Mark Steyn wrote a book titled “America Alone,” in which he described the “selective” approach Islamists take to Western culture. Islamists will condemn wealthy Americans for their riches even though they have, in general, done little to “insult” Islam. They are, simply because they are rich, evil in the minds of extremists.
Steyn explains the false premise of Islamic thinking. “When they want to, Islamists can assimilate at impressive speed. So we have fire-breathing imams milking Euro-welfare and litigious lobby groups with high-rent legal teams. Neither of these is a feature of Arab life. (emphasis added) Rather, they illustrate how adept Islam is at picking and choosing what aspects of Westernization are useful to it.”
Consequently, on the eve of two major 9/11 events that directly affected the American psyche, Al-Qaeda and Inspire have planted the seeds of doubt in our minds.
On the one hand, realizing the West will be on high alert on 9/11, Islamists may lie low and do nothing but observe with glee the added tension they have created.
Recall the scene in the hit 1971 movie “Dirty Harry” when Clint Eastwood points his gun and threatens his victim saying, “I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a 44-Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”
Islamists publish a story in Inspire, then sit back and ask America, “Do you feel lucky?”
On the other side of the coin, so-called “lone wolves” could actually take the Inspire instructions to heart and attempt to follow through with the plan for 9/11.
Like a sick Islamist version of Mad Magazine, the recent issue also ridicules American Homeland Security and the TSA with a picture of a water bottle at an airport security station and the caption: “Did you know? that a TSA security officer is more likely to confiscate a water bottle than a bomb?”
That might be funny were it not so true.
ISIS has stated in recent months that a primary goals is to capture Rome, which is the center of the Christian Catholic Church. The idea seemed remote and silly not so long ago. Given the recent and rapid migration into Europe by mostly Islamic refugees, the prospects of mounting an attack against the Vatican is not so far- fetched as it may have appeared before.
The same can be said for the bravado of Inspire’s articles. Confusion is the name of the game, and we in the West are ill prepared to deal with it.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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