“Ever since the jihadists terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001”, writes Jefferey Bale of the Investigative Project, “western policy-makers, mainstream media organizations and even academicians have been perversely reluctant to highlight the crucial role played by the Islamist ideology in motivating jihadist terrorist attacks”.
The reluctancy to label the motivation behind such terrorist attacks is directly attributed to the banishing of the use of terms like jihadist and islamic terrorism from public discourse out of fear of being labeled an Islamophobe.
With these terms removed and public discourse reshaped we have allowed government officials, media outlets and advocacy organizations to “conceal the ideological motivations of our Islamist adversaries in an era characterized by explicitly ideological contestation and ideologically-motivated asymmetric warfare“, concludes Bale.
Examining Islam as an ideology and as a system of governance that requires compliance and submission is critical to thwarting the threat it poses to our country. Unfortunately, the concealment of Islamists core jihadist ideological motivations has further been exacerbated under an adminstration that repeatedly downplays the threat of radical Islam.
In testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, John Kerry on Thursday downplayed the ideological component of the terrorist group known as the Islamic state by claiming “they do not represent Islam”. At another point in the hearing, he actually used the phrase “Islamic radical groups”, but quickly corrected himself. “Islamic is the wrong word — radical religious extremists”, he clarified. This statement is very telling in that it shows the extent to which the current adminstration is willing to ignore the role that radical Islam plays in fueling terrorists groups such as the Islamic state.
In fact, the adminstration has gone out of its way to effectively omit Islamic terrorism from all counterterrorism training manuals.
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch notes that “the Obama adminstration has systematically removed any mention of Islam and jihad from counter-terror training manuals for the FBI, DHS, and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies. That whitewashing is playing a large part in the intelligence failures that make continuing jihad activity in the United States possible”.
The adminstration is in outright denial about the threat from radical Islam and Sharia as they continue to whitewash actual acts of terrorism.
Case in point being the murder of New Jersey teen Brendan Tevlin last month along with three others by Ali Muhammad Brown. Brown is a devout Muslim who had become angered by our military intervention in the Islamic world. He therefore justified his murders as he considered it his mission to murder Tevlin and the others as an act of “vengeance” for lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran. The whitewashing came in the form of Essex Country authorities characterizing Tevlin’s murder as a “robbery that turned violent” when Brown fired ten shots into Tevlin’s car.
This was no robbery though, as evidence along with Brown’s own admission shows that the three other murders he had committed months before were done the same, execution style. There was no evidence of a struggle, no evidence that the victims were armed and no evidence that these murders were motivated by robbery, drugs or any other crime.
It should come as no surprise that this story has been buried in the mainstream media and by the administration itself as they refuse to classify these killings for what they were. An act of domestic terrorism.
This isn’t a surprise given the history surrounding the Obama adminstration, specifically regarding how the adminstration labeled the 2009 Fort Hood shooting as “workplace violence” even though the shooter, Major Nidal Hassan, was in contact with the leader of al Qaeda Anwar al-Awlaki months before he went on his shooting spree.
The FBI knew about this, yet decided not to act in what has become a consistent pattern of gross negligence on behalf of our federal government. This was seen again as the FBI was warned by Russia of the threat posed by the Boston Bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnev, months before their attack which killed three and wounded another two hundred and sixty four.
In keeping with the politically correct refusal to confront the ideological underpinnings of Islamic jihad terror, the massive failure of our government’s approach to counter-terrorism was further exposed in last week’s revelations that Ahmad Abousamra, the top propagandist for the jihadist group ISIS, was a member of the same mosque attended by the Tsarnev brothers.
“As it turns out”, writes Paul Sperry of the New York Post, “worshippers at the Islamic Society of Boston mosque have included eight known terrorists”. While the Islamic society insists it’s moderate their leaders have “openly defended their worshippers convicted of terrorism and have held fundraisers and rallies for the terrorists”, adds Sperry.
Most notable the Islamic society has defended Aafia Siddiqui who has been labeled “Lady al-Qa’ida” for her marriage to the nephew of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Aafia, a former MIT-graduate, is currently serving 86 years in prison for planning a New York chemical attack. Leaders of the mosque consider her to be “a symbol of strength and justice for Muslims across the globe”. For what any rational person would see as a terrorist, the Islamic society views as the victim of injustice due to anti-Muslim bigotry.
Playing on this false narrative, advocates for Muslim rights such as the Islamic society have used this “injustice” rhetoric in seeking to impose their views on our society. And it’s working to an alarming degree.
According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch “references to Islam, Sharia and jihad have been removed from the national security dialogue and from the terminology of law enforcement, intelligence and defense agencies”. The reason being that such terms were “offensive” and derogatory towards Muslims.
By outsourcing it’s counter-terrorism training to supposed “Muslim rights” organizations, the government has effectively purged its anti-terrorism training curricula of material deemed bigoted by groups such as the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Today, all references to mosques, like the one attended by the Tsarnev’s, lady al-Qaeda and Abousamra, have been removed.
The attack on our ability to identify and counter such terrorist threats is directly hindered by these organizations as they exploit our own laws against us.
We cannot identify, study and plan for a defense to counter a militant Islamist terror threat if we are no longer able to examine the doctrine, organization, history, ideology and conduct of Islam itself.