Friday, April 19, 2013
The Two Boston Marathon Bombers And What It Says ABout Jihad And The West
As the story of the Boston Marathon bombers enfolds, it's providing a good example of how jihad recruits potential terrorists.
The Tsarnaev brothers emigrated here from Chechnya and Dagestan, mostly Muslim areas in the Caucasus known for terrorist activity.
The Chechens are almost alone in the Muslim world in having an actual grievance. Chechnya was conquered by Russia in 1859, but after the Soviet Empire imploded, the Chechen sought independence. After a couple of fairly bloody wars, the Chechens were subdued,but with incredible brutality by the Russian forces including shelling of civilians in Grozny, the capital.
For their own part, the Chechens carried out a series of terrorist atrocities after the war, including one in Moscow in 2002 in which a group of Chechen militants took 800 people hostage in a movie theater. Chechens were also part of the forces that carried out an attack on a school in Beslan that involved the rape and murder of a number of the hostages and the deaths of over 330 people, about half of them children. There was also al-Qaeda participation in Beslan.The chief financier of the 'operation' was Abdul Omar al-Saif, a Saudi.
I cite this not because we need to 'understand their rage' as Pravda-on-the-Hudson would have it.America did nothing to deserve 9/11, and Boston didn't deserve the horrifc Marathon bombings. I mention it because it's important to get a sense of the historical 'narrative' the Tsarnaev brothers were raised on. It made them predisposed to the idea of violent jihad and good pickings for jihadis looking for recruits.
Because that's exactly how it's done.The majority of mosques and madrassahs in the non-Muslim world are funded by the Saudis and the Emirates and controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, usually through the North American Islamic Trust( NAIT). The imams are almost always chosen by the Muslim Brotherhood or by the Arab financiers to push the Wahabi brand of Islam.As young Muslim men (and increasingly, Muslimas) frequent these institutions, they come more and more under the influence of those whom run them. Conversations happen, the indoctrination proceeds, likely candidates are identified and perhaps the potential jihadi is given a small 'mission' in the home country to perform, something illegal but not too significant if it should go wrong. After they're groomed, many times they're sent back to the Old Country for jihadi training, which is likely what happened to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother when he went back to Chechnya and perhaps even Afghanistan six months ago.
What we're seeing here now is jihad as franchise. It's not even necessary for al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Lashkar e tieba or Hamas to have one of their agents directly involved anymore, although in the case of the Boston Bombers there's a good chance they had a controller, someone to oversee things, help them plan and facilitate things.
The two brothers both evidenced significant support for Islamism and jihad in their social media pages, especially YouTube and the Russian language site VK. There's no doubt about their commitment to violent jihad against the infidel.
The Underwear Bomber was prepared and used in exactly the same way.
We will eventually find that a radical mosque along with a Saudi funded imam was a big influence on the Tsarnaevs. They were groomed for jihad.
The next question, the obvious one, is how do we, as an open society defend ourselves against jihad terrorism, especially if it comes from within, as it did with the Tsarnaevs.
We can, and I'll address it in a subsequent essay, but I'll give you a hint. The answer isn't denial, or downplaying the part an increasingly mainstream part of Islam plays in what's going on.
That's a recipe for suicide.
UPDATE: Bingo..we have our Saudi-funded radical Muslim Brotherhood mosque.