It is becoming increasingly difficult for the “mainstream” Western media to ignore the reality of Islamic terror and to disguise the fact that each attack is not just an independent, isolated incident. It is also becoming apparent that four years of support by the Obama administration for the takeover of secular governments by radical Islamists is breeding more terrorism, not less.
On the weekend of Sept. 21-22, two hellish attacks by two “separate” Islamic groups stunned the world. The attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, left at least 68 dead and 200 or more wounded. Among the dead were Australians, British, Canadians, Chinese and other non-Muslims. As for the Islamist killers, it appears the majority of them were from Western nations – not from Africa or the Middle East.
According to a Twitter post from the Islamic terror group al-Shabaab, which claims responsibility for the attack, three of the attackers were from the United States. Of those, two were from Minnesota and one from Missouri. According to al-Shabaab, one each of its fighters came from Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom. Just two of those listed were from Somalia and one from Kenya.
Recruitment videos from al-Shabaab are still posted at YouTube, bragging of the jihad being waged against Americans and other “infidel” forces. In one such video, a subtitle beneath images of Islamist fighters going into battle says, “Ticket to Paradise.”
Mosques in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are some of the most radical in the United States, and terrorist organizations such al Shabaab and the Boko Haram have openly recruited from them. A war is raging in Somalia, and many young American Muslims with Somali ancestry have gone there to fight. For years, these young men were simply the “missing” in their communities. Now some are starting to show themselves, as by attacking an upscale mall in Nairobi frequented by Westerners who work in the capital of Kenya.
There can be no mistake about the motive of the attackers in Nairobi. During the attack, people were asked questions such as the name of Muhammad’s mother. If their response indicated they were Muslim, they were released. If the answer was incorrect they were assumed to be kafir (infidels) and killed. Among those murdered were several pregnant women heavy with child, including an employee of Bill Clinton’s foundation who was more than eight months pregnant.
President Barack Obama’s support of the “good” Islamic terrorists in Syria has given the signal to American Muslims with terrorist leanings that killing in the name of Allah is deemed permissible. Of course, there are no “good” Islamic terrorists – they all want the destruction of Western civilization and the coming of a Muslim Caliphate to rule the world. However, the Obama administration is dangerously trying to define differences between terrorists, and supporting some while killing others in drone strikes. This sends a bizarre, schizophrenic message to the world, and this confusion draws some American Muslims into terrorists groups such as the Boko Haram and al-Shabaab.
An example of the Obama administration waffling back and forth between “good” and “bad” terrorists, is the case of Eric Harroun. Early this year, he starred in several YouTube videos with al Nusra fighters, with an RPG in his hands. In one video, a Syrian government helicopter is being shown shot down. Upon Harroun’s return to the United States, he was arrested.
On Sept. 19, Eric Harroun, the self-proclaimed jihadist fighter was sentenced to a few months of “time served” by a federal judge in Virginia and walked out of the courtroom a free man.
Court documents reveal that he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transfer defense articles and services. The government has sealed the case, allowing no one to get further details.
When Harroun was arrested in March upon his return to the United States, he was charged with conspiring to use a rocket-propelled grenade while fighting for the al-Nusra Front in Syria. He could have received 30 years to life under those charges, which were dropped.
At the time of his arrest Harroun was considered so dangerous by the United States government that he had been placed on a “no-fly” list. He was removed from the list to allow him to return to the United States, where he was arrested.
According to the original FBI affidavit, Eric Harroun crossed into Syria in January and received training from the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida affiliate.
Why was he not prosecuted for aiding al-Qaida? By his very presence in Syria with al-Nusra he admitted violating the Neutrality Act, which forbids any American (including Sen. John McCain) from assisting in the overthrow of an established government. There are plenty of still photos and videos of him on the Internet with al-Nusra fighters – yet he walked. Why?
CNN summed up the problem Obama’s Justice Department had with Eric Harroun this way: “The case appeared to present the United States with a thorny problem – Harroun allegedly was fighting against the Syrian government which the United States also opposes. But the United States considers the al-Nusra Front a terrorist group.” Plainly put, it would be embarrassing for Obama’s Department of Justice to prosecute someone for attempting to overthrow the government of Syria at the same time Obama’s CIA is supplying weapons to jihadists in Syria to do exactly that.
In addition to the young male Somalis from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and other parts of the United States, there are other Americans who have vanished over the past several years and reappeared as jihadists. Just recently, American Omar Hammami, known in the terrorist organization of al-Shabaab as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, was killed in a gun battle between factions of al-Qaida in Somalia.
There are other Americans associated with al-Qaida as well. Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam who spoke at the Pentagon after Sept. 11, was killed in Yemen in a drone strike ordered by President Obama. Al-Awaki apparently stepped over Barack Obama’s red line that separates “good” and “bad” terrorists.
By assisting Islamic terrorists in Syria and by letting off lightly any Americans who may have participated in jihad, President Barack Obama is giving a green light to radicalized American Muslims to join forces with radical groups in Africa and the Middle East. There should be congressional hearings into the administration’s support of some of these Islamist groups. However, with so many in the Republican Party who also favor war against secular governments in the Middle East, any such hearings are unlikely.