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Mumbai and Islamic Terrorism

Dec 2, 2008

Even though it is not politically correct to say so, there is a lot of terrorism taking place, and quite a bit of it is coming from Muslims. Indeed, there is actually far more terrorism going on than most people realise, and a very significant amount of it indeed is Islamic in origin.

Of course most people know about a few prime examples of Islamic terrorism: September 11 (2001), with nearly 3000 dead; the Bali bombings (October 12, 2002), with over 200 dead; the Madrid train bombings (March 11, 2004), with nearly 200 dead; and the London underground bombings (July 7, 2005), with over 50 dead. And of course we just had the November 27-29 Mumbai massacre in India with nearly 200 dead.

But Islamic terrorism has been going on constantly now for a number of years. It did not start with 9/11, and it did not just include the above well-known atrocities. The stream of Islamic violence and terror has been so steady and so relentless that one website is dedicated simply to monitoring the ongoing carnage. website has been established to document the ongoing war against the West carried out in the name of Islam. It provides a daily update on the number of terrorist attacks being carried out by Muslims. Any guesses as to how many have occurred since 9/11? Fifty? Nope. A hundred? Not even close? Five hundred? Higher! A thousand? You’re still not even in the ballpark. OK, two thousand. Sorry, but no prizes for you.

Let’s cut to the quick. Exactly how many acts of Islamic terrorism have occurred since September 11, 2001? 12,352, and counting. Yes you heard me right. In the past seven years over 12,000 acts of Islamic terrorism have taken place around the globe. That is almost 1800 a year, or almost 150 a month.

Last week alone (Nov. 22-28) there were 62 jihadist attacks, resulting in 372 deaths and 642 injuries. In the previous month (October) there were 174 jihad attacks in 16 countries, with 832 deaths and 1412 injuries. Yet people insist that Islam is a religion of peace.

The website in question offers this rationale for its existence:

“On 9/11, nineteen committed Muslims believed they had a religious mandate to fly planes into buildings and slaughter thousands of innocent people. The Muslim world erupted with outrage over this horrible act of mass murder. Massive demonstrations were held in nearly every Muslim country and Western city. At these demonstrations, Muslim leaders harshly denounced Islamic terror and shared the many hundreds of verses from the Qur’an that encourage universal brotherhood, peace and tolerance. A slew of fatwas and clerical condemnations against terror soon followed. Tens of millions of ordinary Muslims also reacted by rallying against violence and demanding that their leaders root out and eliminate the Islamic terrorists and their supporters. These same Muslims and their clerics called for introspection and atonement, accepting the role that the radical elements of their religion played in the attacks, and committing themselves to combating and eradicating the misinterpretation of their religion – the Religion of Peace…”

Well, not quite.
Obviously this didn’t happen. If it had, then Islamic terror would have ended, 9/11 would have been a singular event, and this website would not exist. Unfortunately, the optimistic and fictitious picture that we just painted of Muslim reaction to terror and the predominance of peaceful Qur’anic verses could not be any further from the truth. . . . That’s what makes it extremely odd that Islam should be called a Religion of Peace. Not only does it inspire an enormous amount of violence, but an astonishing level of indifference and self-centeredness as well.”

Of course many Muslims do deplore these acts of violence, barbarism and terrorism. But one wishes they would speak up just a bit more. Often their silence is deafening. Until we do see massive protests in Muslim-majority countries – as well as by Muslims living in the free West – denouncing Islamic violence and jihad, one can question just how committed most Muslims are to peace.

Of course a Politically Correct West, which is often in a state of dhimmitude, is not helping matters much. There are very few mainstream media outlets in the West actually willing to call a spade a spade. Consider the quite recent Mumbai massacre. Very few MSM outlets are even mentioning the “I” word. They are terrified of linking Islam in any way to what transpired last week.

Jewish commentator Don Feder has been tracking the leftist New York Times, for example. He is not impressed by what he sees: “The Times adamantly refuses to recognize a connection between Islam and worldwide terrorism”.

He continues, “The killers were variously described as ‘terrorists,’ ‘gunmen,’ ‘militants’ and ‘assailants,’ but never Muslims. The only time readers could catch a glimpse of the terrorists’ motivation was when the paper quoted them directly – as when they complained about the treatment of Muslims in India and the Kashmir or called for the release of ‘mujahedeen prisoners’.”

And the paper, like much of the MSM, did a good job of covering up the real extent of the bloodshed and horror: “In thousands of words of coverage, The New York Times never mentioned that victims’ bodies frequently bore the marks of torture. One of the doctors who performed post-mortems was quoted on the Indian news website as saying ‘of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks’.”

Islam expert Robert Spencer also noted this conspiracy of silence by much of the Western media. He refers to an article in which Muslims worry that the image of Islam might be tainted by such attacks. Says Spencer:

“Of course, there is one thing they could do about that that would actually begin to make people think better of Islam, but no one even whispers anything about doing it in this article or anywhere else. Imams could begin to saturate mosques and madrassas with the message that jihad warfare is never justified, that the imperative to subjugate unbelievers under the rule of Islamic law must be decisively rejected, and that peaceful coexistence as equals with unbelievers is to be maintained indefinitely. If Islamic clerics stopped talking about conquering Europe and America, and began to teach the opposite, things might begin to improve. If Muslim leaders worldwide energetically pronounced takfir upon – that is, declared to be non-Muslim – all those who maintained belief in the Qur’an’s literal words of warfare, and in the traditional Islamic doctrines regarding jihad warfare (whether hot war or otherwise), and upon anyone who wished to impose Shari’a upon unbelievers by whatever means and at whatever speed, and if those leaders demonstrated their sincerity by actions instead of mere words, informed non-Muslims might begin to think better of Islam.”

“But these things will not happen. They’re not even on the table. Instead, many of the same people quoted in this article work to brand any non-Muslim who points out the ways in which jihadists use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and supremacism as a ‘bigot’ or a ‘racist.’ And that in itself, however effective a tactic it may be among the ignorant and easily intimidated, is revealing.”

So jihad continues apace, as does Western appeasement. If and when the West wakes up to the dangers it is facing is unclear. So far we seem way too inclined to only believe the best about Islam, and only believe the worst about the West. That combination is a recipe for disaster. It will only result in the jihad watch tally count increasing by leaps and bounds every single day.

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10 Responses to Mumbai and Islamic Terrorism

  • The present mayor of London is Boris Johnson who has an unhealthy fascination with Islam is part descended from Muslims:

    In 2006 he made a programme for the BBC in which he equated early Christian martyrs with Islamic bombers:

    This Saturday he was at it again on the BBC with a sumptuous programme in which he celebrated Islam as the rightful heir to the Roman Empire:

    There are still plans to construct a mega-mosque in London that would dwarf anything built so far, thus making London the Muslim capital of Europe. Perhaps one reason Boris became the Mayor of London was precisely the Muslim vote. It was either that of have homosexual in the form of Brian Paddick:

    The skewed and distorted picture of Islam given by Boris is staggering.

    The lights are defining dimming in Britain.

    David Skinner, UK

  • Or should I have said dhimming!

    David Skinner, UK

  • Good article, Bill.

    The secular left hate God–that is the true and living God of the Bible, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Creator, Redeemer and Judge of the World.

    That is why they would rather side with Islam than to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is better than Mohammad.

    Tas Walker

  • Tas is right; I’ve cited this one and the Feder article cited here in Unfair to Islam? Round 2.
    Jonathan Sarfati, Brisbane

  • If in World War 2, the New York Times had been publishing the codswallop they print now, the management and owners would have been interned and the newspaper shut down. The paper is an absolute disgrace and in fact is a threat to the security of the nation. Its readership is in freefall and I very much doubt if it is not in the red, financially. It has one journalist who is considered “conservative”. I can’t remember his name.
    Frank Bellet, Petrie, Qld

  • People,
    Building on Frank’s comments about if in WW2 the New York Times had been publishing …. there is a satirical piece, “If the Jewish Warsaw Uprising had occurred today”:

    It is meant to be funny but one would have to wonder if it was closer to reality

    Doug Holland

  • Thanks for the article Bill and the information. Considering the general inertia and ‘dhimmness’ of the MSM, this information is key and it’s imperative that we keep sending this sort of information out through the MiniSM and encouraging others to do the same. I’ll fwd this article on to all in my ABook.
    Also pretty scary news about Boris Johnson – 1st I’ve hear of this – will also email this on – thanks David Skinner.
    Michelle Shave

  • Thanks guys

    Mark Steyn has a great column on Mumbai and Western appeasement here:

    Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch

  • I recently read a great book (well I enjoyed it at least) God’s Crucible by David Levering Lewis.
    Mainly about the clash of twin influences of the Franks under Charlemagne and muslim Spain, it makes a key point which goes to heart of islamic terrorism today.
    Unlike Christ, Muhummad was a temporal ruler involved in perpetuating political violence to perpetuate, consolidate and expand his fiefdom. Jihad was something that Muhammad unleashed on rival clans and ethnic communities during his life time.
    While there is absolutely no doubt that hideous atrocities have been committed in the name of Christianity – Jesus did not ever develop a concept of holy war to unleash on his rivals because temporal power was entirely beside the point.
    Ben Carter

  • Geert Wilders in Jerusalem “The Jihad against Israel is the Jihad against the West
    Andrew Bostom 14 December 2008

    Our political elite is trying to make us believe that the influx of Muslim immigrants is similar to the waves of immigration that took place centuries ago. Or they say that “Christianity developed towards modernity, and therefore Islam will do the same”.

    How are we to remain a democracy if a large part of the growing Muslim population is in favour of introducing sharia law? How is Amsterdam to remain the gay capitol of Europe if gays are regularly beaten up by non western immigrants, often Muslims? How are the Jewish communities of Europe to survive with a growing presence of an ideology that is so blatantly anti-Semitic? How are we to remain a centre of cultural and scientific excellence if Islam opposes art, and academic exploration? How are we to remain an open and tolerant society if we are faced with part of the Muslim community favouring self-segregation and showing no desire for assimilation? How can we look to the future with confidence, when a large part of the
    population turns to a seventh century desert for answers?

    These are the questions the multiculturalists don’t want to answer.

    Cultural relativism is the biggest disease modern day Europe suffers from. Not all cultures are equal. Our Western culture is better than the Islamic culture. In the words of the brave Dr Wafa Sultan: “It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality”. Indeed also here in Israel you are not fighting a territorial war, it’s not about territory it’s about ideology. The Islamic ideology does not seek cooperation or assimilation but aims for submission and dominance over non-Muslims. There is no moderate Islam, there will never be a moderate Islam. There might be moderate people who call themselves Muslim, but there is no moderate Islam.

    Leftist journalists and leftist politicians hasten themselves to label anyone critical of the Islamisation a ‘right-wing extremist’. The entire establishment has sided with Islam. Leftists, liberals, and Christian-Democrats are now enslaved to Islam. They are Dhimmis. Lenin once labelled ignorant people that unknowingly aided his cause ‘useful idiots’. Well, the West is now full of these ‘useful idiots’, and they are even proud of it.

    A few weeks ago the world has once again seen what Islam is capable of. In Mumbai, jihadists separated Muslims from non-Muslims, according to a witness in a Belgian newspaper. The non-Muslims, the Kaffirs, were subsequently shot. The terrorists also went straight for the tiny Jewish centre in Mumbai, where, according to reports made to an Indian news website, they
    horribly tortured Jewish people before brutally murdering them.

    Most of the Western media stick to naming the culprits as being members of ‘separatist movements’. In doing so, they are missing the main point and are unjustly ignoring the Islamic nature of the terror attacks. After all, if it is a conflict about borders, why are they killing Jews in Mumbai? Why, in a city of tens of millions, find the jihadists the shortest way to the only rabbi in town — in order to kill him and his wife? Why are Israel’s enemies always shouting “Allah hoe-Akbar” and “kill the Jews” if all they want is peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding? Maybe, I’m just guessing, is it because they have an ideology that tells them to kill Jews, to kill unbelievers, and to advance Islam until there is world domination. Islam, after all divides the world in a dar-al-Harb, and dar-al-Islam. Islam is a totalitarian ideology full of hate, violence and submission.

    Jonathan Sarfati, Brisbane

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