Clueless about the Jihadists in our midst
MUST-SEE BBC/Tim Blair
A couple of things about the BBC’s excellentÂ Generation Jihad investigation: one, baby jihadis born and raised in the West are driven entirely by ideology (says one British extremist, previously jailed for terrorism offences: “I’ve never been a victim of poverty or any kind of family break-up or anything like that”).
And two, these jihadis are a serious menace, despite â€“ paradoxically â€“ being complete losers.
UPDATE. The program â€“ broadcast locally on SBS â€“Â reviewed byÂ The Observer‘s Rachel Cooke:
Cute, but clueless… and that’s the Observers “Interviewer of the year…” Stick around, Rachel. You might learn a few things….
I found the motivation of these men impossible to understand. They were middle-class; they had loving parents; they had money and mobile phones …
I thought back to the first part of the series, to the two cocky young men in their nylon tracksuits and flashy trainers, newly released from prison. [BBC journalist Peter] Taylor asked them how their communities had welcomed them back.. Cue wide smiles all round. The food, the presents! The money, the visitors! No one thought that they were terrorists, or anything like terrorists. It was more a case of: “Hail the conquering heroes!” I think we have a problem on our hands.
Yes, we do. The second episode beginsÂ here.
UPDATE II. An example, viaÂ Mark Steyn, of the type of societyÂ favoured by these junior jihadists.
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.”
Continue reading “Spencer: The Somali Pirates Are Jihadists”
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.”
“Qaeda asks Somalis to attack ‘crusader’ ships,” from theÂ