Mom says of Islamic State jihadist son who murdered priest: he’s a good Frenchman, I didn’t produce a devil
Not good, not French and yes: she did produce a murderous devil.
“He’s a good Frenchman. He’s soft. I know my kid. I know by son…..He’s not at all the monster that people want us to believe.”
Those words are from the mother of Abdelmalik Petitjean, one of the “sick” Islamic State jihadists who slit the throat of an elderly priest during morning mass after first forcing the 86-year-old Father Jacques Hamel to his knees. The two jihadists then captured the gruesome murder on tape and declared (pictured below): “we give Bayah (allegiance) to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi”.
Al-Baghdadi has invoked Qur’anic verses to command his followers, teaching them to strike fear into unbelievers as the Qur’an dictates, and has openly declared Islamic war against disbelievers:
“It is unprecedented in the history of our Ummah (Islamic nation) that all the world came against it in one battle, as it is happening today. It is the battle of all the disbelievers against all the Muslims.”
He also stated that if “the Saudi-led alliance was truly Islamic, then it would fight the Syrian army and its Russian ‘masters,’ as well as Shiites and Jews”.
Petitjean’s mother cannot believe that this “devil” is actually her son as she declares: “I didn’t produce a devil. No, no, it’s impossible.” If she is being honest, her chilling words of denial in the face of her son’s confirmed “sick” action indicate the capability of jihadist doctrine to foster in its adherents a bloodthirsty fanaticism and religious zeal that was unrecognizable even to a mother.
“Mum of ISIS terrorist who killed priest: ‘He’s not the monster. He’s soft’”, by Peter Allen, Mirror UK, July 28, 2016:
The mother of one of the sick ISIS militants who slit open a priest’s throat during morning mass claims ‘he’s not a monster’.
Abdelmalik Petitjean, 19, stormed the church in Normandy with Adel Kermiche and forced 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel to his knees before butchering him in front of nuns and worshippers.
Petitjean, who used the fighter name Abu Omar, was put on the terrorist watch list after trying to get to the ISIS caliphate in Syria via Turkey last month.
His mother Yamina Petitjean was shown a photograph of her son by France’s terrorism unit UCLAT.
She told officers: “Yes, that’s him. He’s a good Frenchman. He’s soft. I know my kid. I know by son. He’s not implicated in any of this.”
Yamina added: “He’s not at all the monster that people want us to believe.”
Speaking from her home Aix-le-Bain, she told BFM TV: “I didn’t produce a devil. No, no it’s impossible.”
Police revealed that her son had been shot in the face repeatedly, and was so impossible to immediately identify and DNA confirmed who he was.
She said that she had spent the weekend with Petitjean at home in Aix-les-Bains, and she thought “he had gone to stay with a cousin” in Lorraine, another region of France.
The mother said that the last time she heard from Petitjean was when he sent a text early on Tuesday morning.
The security source said that DNA had in fact confirmed Petitjean as the man who helped murder Father Jacques on Tuesday morning.
A chilling video released by the Islamic State group’s Amaq news agency yesterday, purportedly showing the two terrorists pledging their allegiance to the terrorist organisation.
In the disturbing footage, the 19-year-old fanatics express their support to the group’s leader.
They say “we give Bayah (allegiance)” to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi”, who was elected leader of the organisation in 2014 and is considered a “global terrorist”.
They also display a piece of paper, featuring the ISIS flag.
At the start of the video, one of the men – said to be Adel Kermiche – dressed in a camouflage jacket and a black hat, introduces himself in Arabic as Abu Jalil Al-Hanafi.
The other, believed to be Petitjean, sits on the floor next to him, wearing beige trousers, a hat and a red scarf over his head.
It was captured before the pair brutally slit the throat of Father Jacques Hamel, 85, after forcing him to kneel at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
During the horrific assault, the two knifeman stormed the church through a rear door during morning mass, before taking a number of hostages.
They then forced an elderly member of the congregation to film them butchering Father Hamel with a blade – as anti-terror cops surrounded the building.
The terrorists, who also made their captives kneel on the ground, were later shot dead after emerging into the courtyard outside shouting “Allahu Akbar”….
Robert Spencer in the Detroit News: Another casualty in the war against jihadism
In the Detroit News, I elucidate again the war that only one side is fighting.
An 84-year-old Catholic priest, the Rev. Jacques Hamel, was beheaded Tuesday morning while celebrating Mass at his church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray in Normandy.
Reports indicated that his attackers were wearing Islamic clothing while shouting “Daesh” — i.e., “Islamic State” — and “Allahu akbar.” The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the murder, and it was further revealed that the church where the attack took place was on a jihadi hit-list of Catholic churches.
In reporting on all this, the UK’s Telegraph declared: “The attackers’ motives are unknown.”
Can you imagine a reporter in Warsaw on September 1, 1939, writing that German soldiers were coming across the border in large numbers and killing Polish soldiers, and authorities were insisting that there was no necessary relationship between these men and the German government, and that they would be opening criminal investigations of each soldier in order to try to determine his motive?
As long as Western authorities continue their refusal to acknowledge the motivating ideology of the enemy, they will remain completely unable to deal with it adequately.
French President Francois Hollande reiterated after the beheading of Hamel that France was at war with ISIS, but he continues to behave as if it isn’t: What nation at war allows the enemy ideology to proliferate within its borders, and invites in thousands more people among whom are certain to be an unknown number of enemy combatants?
Hollande persists in the same myopia that afflicts leaders in all Western countries: They refuse to acknowledge in any meaningful way that the West is really at war. Each jihad terror attack is carried out by people who hope to weaken and ultimately bring down the free world, so that they can impose Islamic governments and convert the West. Yet each jihad terror attack is treated as if it were a separate, discrete event, for which the motive must be established, and an investigation carried out, as if it were a criminal act pure and simple.
That’s no way to win a war.
And it gets worse. One of the jihadis who beheaded Hamel had tried to go to Syria to join ISIS, but had been stopped by French police. In light of the well-founded suspicion that Muslims who want to wage jihad in Syria but are prevented from doing so may decide to wage jihad at home, he wore an ankle bracelet to track his movements. It wasn’t enough — as it turned out, it was turned off for several hours every day, a humanitarian gesture that cost the life of Hamel and demonstrated the abject failure of contemporary approaches to the jihad terror threat.
That failure begun with the general refusal to acknowledge and confront the enemy’s motivating ideology, and including the fact that there are (thanks to Europe’s immigration and refugee policies) so many jihadis in Europe now that are known ISIS sympathizers wearing ankle bracelets who cannot be prevented from beheading priests in broad daylight during morning Mass.
The Rev. Jacques Hamel is a casualty in wartime. Yet the aftermath of his death only demonstrates anew that while this is a war, only one side is fighting it as such. Until that changes, the only guarantee is that there will be many more casualties like Hamel.