Of course they are. So why does our media call them ‘teenagers?’ Because “Poverty Breeds Terrorism?”
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Teenager coastguard from Somalia
Piracy. . . Or just the Same Old Jihad?Â Â (Pajamas Media)
According to the Qur’an, piracy in financial support of Jihad is Jihad. (Even if you already know the story of Susan Boyle, you’ll want to see the full video).
InÂ Human EventsÂ this morning I discuss an almost completely ignored element of the Somali pirates’ identity: they’re jihadists.
This week, we celebrate the Navy SEALs’ rescue of American ship captain Richard Phillips. Their action, from the night airdrop that delivered them to the waiting warships to the split-second action in which three of the pirates were killed, was what we expect from our best special operations troops.But while we praise their skill, let’s not lose sight of who Phillips’ captors were. His Somali pirate captors are Islamic jihadists, dedicated to the same goals as Osama bin Laden and other jihadists around the world.
In August 2008, when the pirates became especially active off the Horn of Africa, Andrew Mwangura, head of the East African Seafarers’ Assistance Programme, declared that Al-Shabaab, a group of jihadists in Somalia, use piracy to fund their jihad: “According to our information, the money they make from piracy and ransoms goes to support al-Shabaab activities onshore.”
Al-Qaeda to Somalis: “Increase your strikes against the crusaders at sea”
Perhaps al-Qaeda is trying to exploit Somali anger at the recent US-pirate standoff, and redirect it to the jihad? Not really: “interaction between pirate groups and Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked groups was first noticed about nine months ago.”