Last week, I had a chance to speak with former Bush national security advisor, J.D. Crouch. He spoke about the War on Terror and said that former president George W. Bush wanted to take the war to the terrorists so that America would not have to become a police state to keep us secure.
We know how this turned out in the end, but this is a result of the enemy’s nature. They are not compartmentalized like soldiers on a battlefield. With Islam’s 1.8 billion world population, there is no way to know who is radicalized and who is not. In a just democratic melting pot, we do not know our enemies when we see them because profiling is an injustice according to progressive wisdom.
The media has not helped with this problem. Few media organizations want to discuss the fact that jihadists have been on a campaign to recruit naive American citizens to attack their own countries.
The liberal media was crawling all over this story hoping to be the first one to say that this was an attack caused by a white, disgruntled right wing conservative clinging to his guns and religion. It would have increased their dwindling ammo against the Right and this bomber would have become an example of how all of 2nd Amendment devotees were truly maniacs and dangerous to society. However, the truth is, it turned out to be the usual suspects, perhaps not usual as in Arab, but usual as in, Islamic terrorists.
The going mantra for the Left is that these poor bare-footed RPG wielding miscreants are just freedom fighters and not idealistic holy warriors following the Qur’an. The Left loves the thought of idealists attacking American citizens. In Robert Redford’s 2012 film, “The Company You Keep,” Weather Underground terrorists are glorified as being noble citizens fighting for their country. That is exactly how they see Islamists.
So, are the two bombing “suspects” actually Islamic terrorists?
They hail from Chechnya, an Islamic nation that has recently sent fighters to join the Syrian wars. This nation is not far displaced from war and the two bombing suspects, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19 and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, are old enough to have seen much of it. During the 1990s there were two Chechen wars for independence against Russia, but since then there has been plenty of Islamic civil unrest.
Chechnya is a majority Sufi Islamic nation, but ultra-conservative Wahhabism has been gaining strength in recent years and sending a wave of violence and fear throughout Chechnya. Wahhabis believe in the literal interpretation of the Qur’an. The majority Wahhabi state of Saudi Arabia produced the 9/11 terrorists and Osama Bin Ladin. The Saudi government is also funding Wahhabi schools in the United States. This has been a concern of those following the issue, mainly because textbooks from the schools teach violent and racist Islamic doctrine.
Chechnya has been in a near constant state of strife for decades. The fact that two young Chechens could be influenced into fighting for jihad is not far fetched, it’s the most likely situation. Whether they were a part of the increasing Chechen Wahhabi problem or whether they were radicalized by the large influx of Islamic Afghan war veterans into Chechnya, there is no way they were anything but jihadists.
When is the Jihad over?
It would seem to many Americans that the jihadist movement has lulled, but the truth is in Europe there has been a dramatic increase in plots and attacks in the past two years. The U.S. media does not report this news.
This graph from StratFor shows that jihadist have actually stepped up their plots in Europe and have had several successful attacks on that front. Belgium police recently foiled a plot on March 26. The police discovered that the terrorist, Hakim Benladgem had a massive amount of arms and had to be apprehended away from his apartment to avoid a standoff like the deadly firefight that occurred in Toulouse, France when French police attempted to arrest Mohammed Merah.
Now that France is engaged in a war with Mali, it will increase radical ambitions. Though Americans have been keeping jihadists busy with a perpetual war, it has cost many American lives, destroyed morale at home and cost the United States nearly $1.5 trillion.
At the end of the day, the Boston Marathon bombers used crude materials, ones that people could get anywhere. With the immigration debate looming, perhaps we should consider what standards will be required to keep those types of people out of the country rather than banning pressure cookers. Hakim Benladgem, Mohammed Merah and the two Boston bombers were all foreigners to the lands they plotted against. Fully freezing immigration would be to our detriment, but there is probably a definite way to decrease accessibility to their targets, us.
Can Islamic Nations Really Be Our Friends?
When asked about the bombings in Boston, an Egyptian Islamic cleric had nothing but praise for the two men.
April 16, Tahir TV: “Obviously I do not know who carried out the bombings but if it was carried out by the mujahideen it serves as a message to the West: We are still alive, contrary to the message Americans want to send. They have not finished off the mujahideen. Not just the mujahideen of Al Qaeda, but the mujahideen all over the world.”
This cleric goes on to say that he wishes he could join his brothers in Al Qaeda. Here is the full video:
While I often use the term radical to distinguish violent Muslims from ones that are not actively engaged in war, when it comes to a majority Islamic nation, there is no such thing as radicalization. Either they are following Islamic principles that preach war against the West, Christians and Jews or they are not following Islamic principles. With the Arab Spring delivering whole nations over to Islamists, the threat of terrorism in our cities will only grow as we continue to treat these nations as friends and ignore everything they are doing behind the scenes. The very least we can do is stop letting them into our country.