ISIS shifts tactics as the 2017 Ramadan death toll mounts

We are only two-thirds of the way through Ramadan, and already there have been 112 Islamic attacks around the world resulting in 1,190 deaths.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 15, 2017 – It used to be that terrorism was, more often than not, as much about bluster as it was about actual acts of violence. Somewhere along the line things have changed.

We are only two-thirds of the way through Ramadan, and already there have been 112 Islamic attacks around the world resulting in 1,190 deaths. These numbers do not lie. Ramadan is the holy month for the “religion of peace.” Ten days remain and the death toll will certainly surpass 2,000 before the current holy month concludes.

Infidels and non-believers catch plenty of heat when they use the term “crusaders,” but not so with Muslims. “Islamic crusaders” are different because in their eyes there is only one true cause which is the one in which they believe.

How many deaths in recent years have been perpetrated by Christians during Christmas or Easter? How much blood has been shed by Jews during recent Passover or Hannukah holiday periods? Even if you break it down to a ratio (since Ramadan lasts 30 days), the numbers do not even begin to compare.

Yet the “religion of peace” justifies its body count, while those dastardly, deadly, defiant other religions are the true culprits because they stop to pray, give thanks and worship during their holiest times of the year.

So here is a tip from the pro-ISIS “Nasir News Agency” for Westerners on how to protect themselves from Islamic terrorism in the future: Don’t go to the “gathering places of the ‘Crusaders’ (Christians, Jews and other infidel groups)” because the latest preferred ISIS tactic is for “thousands of lonely lions” to slaughter civilians anywhere and at any time.

Therefore, it follows that if infidels avoid their usual gathering spots, the only people who will be there will be terrorists.

The “thousands of lonely lions” phrase refers to what the mainstream media likes to call “lone wolves” who, in reality, are nothing more than desperate people who become “radicalized” overnight and often have no direct ties whatever to ISIS or Islamic jihad.

The problem, of course, is that by and large, we in the West continue to misunderstand that terrorism is a deadly plague that has infested the world.

If the death toll for terror attacks were treated with the same urgency as Ebola or the Zika virus, the global panic over this pandemic would be off the charts. But, if mass death is nothing more than a consequence of the occasional suicide bomb, shooting, beheading, motor vehicle attack or stabbing that’s OK, even if the numerical differential between the number of deaths caused by disease and those by terrorist extremism is astronomical in the extreme.

The “Nasir News Agency” claims the focus of ISIS for its followers has shifted to “carrying out attacks on ‘Crusader soil.'” A statement issued by that online magazine says “We will explode, run over people by vehicles and cut off their necks in any time.”

The article continues, “You have started the aggression against us… and you will pay costly for that.” The key element of that statement is just who “started” the “aggression.” By their own definition, radical Muslims can never be perpetrators because they are the ultimate victims. The entire world is against them, so they have no choice but to fight back.

To understand Islam and Islamic jihad you need only know the definitions of three words: “victimization,” “justification” and “intolerance.” If a Muslim can “justify” any action he or she takes, then there is no need for them to be tolerant, for they, indeed, have been victimized since the time of the prophet in Mecca.

According to “Nasir,” the recent attacks in Manchester and on London Bridge and environs confirm the analysis of Islamic experts who say that ISIS is shifting its strategy.

Truthfully, the ISIS strategy has continuously been one or two steps ahead of its enemies because they understand the West better than the West understands itself. ISIS will adjust a tactic at the drop of a hat if it works, and it will cease that strategy as soon as it doesn’t.

For now, driving motorized vehicles into crowds of people is the ISIS terror-tactic-du-jour. But the moment we learn how to counter those methods, ISIS will have two or three brand new killing ideas at the ready.

Whether they are committed by small groups or by individuals, forget about the current notion of “lone wolves.” There are plenty of disenfranchised, unhappy, malleable people out there who will willingly follow whatever strategies their leaders create. It matters not how many are killed and/or maimed, just as long as the number of living “non-believers” is reduced in any given terrorist incident.

The current bout of killing and slaughter will continue through Ramadan and beyond, and the pace will not slow down until the West makes up its mind to stop the madness.

Unfortunately, legitimate retaliation is the only thing Islamists respect. Until we earn that respect by retaliating, the murderous horror will continue.

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.

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