The leaked sentence from the NIE report this week that sent the Left on a tear, blaming terrorism on Iraq, has stirred a discussion about what really does cause terrorism. One would think that there was no such thing as terrorism before Iraq, which simply shows one's ignorance of history. I read a great article by Michael Rubin at National Review Online that deals with the question, "Who Creates Jihadists?". (all emphasis mine)
Jihadism is seldom spontaneous. Iraqis and Saudis don’t merely watch al-Jazeera, get pissed off, and go out to hunt Americans. Rather, there are networks that recruit and train. Part of our difficulties in Iraq and elsewhere stem from our failures to get at these networks. Before blaming Iraq for increasing the jihadist threat, a few questions:* Specifically, how do jihadists join the jihad? * Do they simply purchase high explosives at the bazaar or do they get supplied? If so, by whom? Who funds them? How does the money get there?
(Interviewing Iraqis earlier this month, they noted two patterns: An increase in shipments through diplomatic pouches to the Iranian consulates in Karbala and Basra, as well as shipments of appliances like television sets to import-export companies in al-Anbar, which then sell them, using the cash to purchase supplies).
Someone has to recruit, indoctrinate, train, and arm the terrorists. Someone has to support these terrorists while they are training, someone has to pay the bills, pay for transportation, food, clothes, supplies. Where does the original recruitment take place? In the mosques? How do the terrorists learn to shoot, to build bombs, to fly planes. How do they know where to go to learn these things? These are all questions that need to be answered if we are truly going to fight this war on terror.
If we are serious about stopping terrorism we must know what's going on in the mosques and get rid of the imams that preach hate and recruit new terrorists. We must stop all funding here in the USA and around the world. We must not only find the individuals who fund terror, we must find the companies, the organizations, and the countries that fund terrorism. Then DO something to stop the flow of those funds.
We must find where all the training camps are and either destroy them or contain them in some way, even if they are right here in the United States. We know that terrorists train right here in the United States to fly airplanes. Close monitoring of all these schools and students is a MUST, because we know that al-Qaeda has a fixation on using airplanes as weapons.
Laura Mansfield reports that would-be terrorists are using paint ball to learn to shoot accurately and learn about military tactics.
“They're using paintball for paramilitary training,” said Jeffrey Epstein, president of America's Truth Forum.
“They're tying paintball into a larger, more grand-scale mission...they're using it to network and bring other Muslims together for communication and to indoctrinate,” Epstein explained.
Mansfield supplied CBN News with an al-Qaeda tape posted on a Muslim message board in the U.S.
It begins with images of missiles taking out America, then moves on to a speech by Adam Gadahn, an American-born member of al-Qaeda.
Next come scenes of two men playing paintball. But that's not all. The men also conduct mock suicide bombings, and practice explosives training.
But most of the footage shows them playing paintball, until the video ends with this chilling message: “Feel the rush! High speed paintball!" and then more images of missiles hitting America.
Think that's too strange to believe? Here are examples:
One of the London subway bombers, Mohammed Khan, was an avid paintball player. Likewise, 17 Toronto Muslims charged this summer with plotting terrorist attacks in Canada used paintball to train.
“The CSIS, which is the Canadian equivalent of the FBI, is starting to investigate who's playing paintball in Canada,”...
Another Canadian Muslim charged with planning terrorist attacks, Mohammed Khawaja, played paintball. Here in the U.S., two Georgia Muslims charged earlier this year with plotting attacks against u.s. targets played as well.
The most notorious case occurred in the Washington, D.C. area. A group of 11 American Muslims there have been convicted for plotting to wage jihad against u.s. troops in Afghanistan and Indian troops in Kashmir. They trained by playing paintball in the northern Virginia countryside. (more)
Canada sees this threat and are doing something about it. We have this going on all over the United States. Are WE doing anything? Not that I know about. Mr. Rubin goes on:
Among European terrorists, how many received training in Afghan or Pakistani terror training camps? If they received such training, is their terror really homegrown? (In this regard, the Bush administration’s willingness to ignore terror training camps in southwestern Somalia may one day be seen in retrospect as just as negligent as Clinton’s willingness to ignore camps in Afghanistan. [snip]# It may be tempting for political reasons to blame Iraq or, for that matter, Israel’s existence and occupation for jihadism and terrorism. If so, what did Iraq or Israeli have to do with Muslim Brotherhood terrorism pre-1948 (again, see this declassified document). What did Iraq or Israel have to do with Islamist slogans shouted in the French riots? What did Iraq or Israel have to do with the Danish cartoon controversy?
# Does engaging terror-sponsoring regimes work (note this declassified document (.pdf), about US engagement toward the Taliban)?
"Iraq appears to be the latest excuse. If not Iraq, then Afghanistan. If not Afghanistan, then Saudi Arabia. If not Saudi Arabia, then Sicily or Spain." says Mr. Rubin. And THAT is exactly the point. Any excuse can be blamed, but in reality there is NO EXCUSE. Evil is evil and it will be and do what it will ... without excuse and simply because evil enjoys destruction of good. So we need to find all connections to these future terrorists and clean house.
If we turn a blind eye to Somalia where Islamic Courts and sharia law are taking over; or if we avoid things that seem harmless like paint ball groups and flight schools; or if we allow imams, mosques, charities, and organizations like CAIR here in the United States to continue to recruit . . . we will surely regret it tomorrow.
A few years from now, will President Bush be on the hot seat like former President Clinton was this past week, being asked why HE didn't do more to stop the recruitment and funding of terrorists? Or will he be asked why HE didn't do more to stop Iran's nuclear program? Will he be asked why he didn't do more to stop the takeover of Somalia? Only time will tell.
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