“Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God a service” (John 16:2).
Are we living in the fulfilment of that prophecy or what?
Are we living in the fulfilment of that prophecy or what?
What Is The Lure For Homegrown Jihadi Recruits?
By de Andréa,Opinion Editorialist for
‘THE BOTTOM LINE’
Four times as many people are being converted to Islam in America than in Great Britain. I will say it another way 40,000 a year to the Brit’s 10,000 per year. And that number is dwarfed by the amount of Islamic Jihadists that are entering the country and be born here. In less than 50 years by demographics alone there will be an Islamic majority in the U.S. They must be stopped!
As the popular Christian saying goes, human beings are born with a “God-shaped hole” in their hearts – an emptiness that can be filled only by God.
The America of previous generations was strongly Judeo-Christian, and since its culture was basically in sync with the ultimate duty of human beings to reverence their Creator, obey His laws, live a moral and upright life, repent of their sins, be charitable and forgiving, practice the “Golden Rule” and so on, America was the greatest nation in history. Indeed, this unique nation, however imperfect, was filled to overflowing with a spirit of liberty, reverence for the Almighty, adventure, limitless - opportunity and…above all – ‘hope’.
But, today, thanks to several generations of infiltration, subversion and corruption of every single American institution by what we cryptically call “the progressive left” – code for a quasi-religious substitution called “government will provide everything you could possibly need,” a worldview rooted in rebellion against God and His laws, so as to become one’s own god and lawgiver commonly referred to as social communism driven by the useful idiot slaves of Fabianism–the American culture has become a spiritual vacuum. Andinto that vacuum has been every type of ideology, religion and delusion imaginable, all but eliminating the former Christian character of this nation’s culture.
Consequently it is, that one of the most controversial forces being drawn into America’s post-Christian spiritual emptiness is the satanic ideology of Islam, offering to fill the “God-shaped hole” in people’s hearts. In fact, the Muslim demographic explosion in the West, including in Europe and Britain, the United States and Australia, is due not only to wildly uncontrolled immigration and proliferation, but also to the fact that many native Westerners are c to Islam. For example, in the U.K., approximately 10,000 Brits convert to Islam per year, about 28 per day, while in America, the most oft-quoted number of annual Muslim conversions is is twice that at 40,000 per year, or 110 per day.
Of course, in a nation like ours historically steeped in powerful, near-sacred First Amendment freedoms – including religion, speech and assembly – most deceived Americans care not what religion (or lack thereof) their neighbor embraces, so long as he or she respects our rights and obeys our nation’s laws.
Unfortunately, most Muslims in America, while not necessarily personally involved in violent terrorism, nevertheless support it and are in agreement with the end resultaccording to a 2015 study by the Center for Security Policy, but today it is more than 67 percent and growing as Muslims progressively evolve.desired by Islamic terrorists. And that is, the ultimate supremacy of Islam over the entire world called the Ummah, and the institution of Shariah law everywhere. Indeed, a year ago more than 51 percent of Muslims living in America say they would rather live under Shariah law than the U.S. Constitution,
For this reason, Muslim immigration constitutes a genuine threat for the American Republic because of the professed loyalty to a foreign law over the U.S. Constitution. As Donald Trump said during his recent immigration speech regarding Hillary Clinton’s plan to bring in another 620,000 new refugees from Syria, “What the hell are we doing?” Why are we recklessly importing unassimilable people into our country by the tens of thousands, most of whom admit they’re profoundly at odds with our nation’s core values, principles
Nonetheless, our most immediate and urgent threat is violent terrorism. And that is being fueled, thanks largely to the Internet and social media, by the increasing spread of the apocalyptic jihadist belief that wantonly murdering as many innocent men, women and children as possible – and taking your own life in the process – is somehow a righteous and holy act, making you the beloved of the creator, the apple of his eye, fit for paradise in the hereafter and rewarded with eternal sex with 72 virgins.
‘He’s selling jihad’
“Brothers and sisters, this religion is not a religion of talk, it’s not religion of showing off how much knowledge you have, this religion is about your willingness to sacrifice for Allah.”
A charismatic, American-born imam who later joined al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, Anwar al-Awlaki helped radicalize a “who’s who” of jihadists in the West through his popular lectures and demonic propaganda. Awlaki is known to have counseled or influenced three of the 9/11 hijackers, the London Tube and bus bombers in 2005, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan in 2009, and “Underwear Bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (whose 2009 Christmas Day attempted take-down of a U.S. airliner Awlaki helped plan). As well as, Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, convicted of the 2010 car-bombing attempt in Midtown Manhattan, was a fan of Awlaki’s sermons, as were the Tsarnaev brothers, who in 2013 carried out the Boston Marathon bombings. Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, who in July 2015 opened fire at two Chattanooga, Tennessee, military installations and killed four Marines and a sailor, had been watching Awlaki videos shortly before the shootings, according to the FBI. Even San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook and Orlando mass-shooter Omar Mateen were known devotees of Awlaki’s satanic propaganda.
Awlaki is also credited with creating al-Qaida’s Inspire magazine, which has focused on promoting so-called “open source jihad” – basically, independent murderous attacks “where you are” using a wide variety of weapons. Inspire’s summer 2010 issue included an article, headlined “How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” teaching wannabe jihadists how to assemble a pressure-cooker bomb like that used in the Boston Marathon bombings. Another issue advised jihadists to use their automobile to “mow down” as many people as possible (“The ultimate mowing machine”), no doubt inspiring the abominable massacre in Nice, France, on July 14 that claimed 85 lives. Yet another issue of Inspire focused on blowing up buildings, while a 2012 issue headlined “Unleash Hell” described in detail how to start forest fires across the U.S., including instructions on how to make “ember bombs.”
Awlaki spoke perfect English and was a hypnotically compelling orator. “He’s intelligent, sophisticated, Internet-savvy and very charismatic,” one counterterrorism expert told the Wall Street Journal. “He can sell anything to anyone, and right now he’s still selling jihad.”
When Awlaki eventually learned that the FBI had a huge file on him documenting his grossly irresponsible, immoral and hypocritical secret life – cheating on his wife, squandering their savings on prostitutes, violating every Islamic moral precept he publicly championed and exhorted others to follow – he panicked. The only avenue of escape from certain disgrace, he concluded, was to run. So he fled America for Yemen, where he metamorphosed – perhaps to redeem his sinful behavior by embracing jihad – into al-Qaida’s top recruiter. The whole sordid tale is laid out by New York Times national security reporter Scott Shane in his book, “Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone.”
But al- Awlaki is dead so why are we even concerned about him. Well…just as computers, you can delete your documents but are they really ever deleted? His videos live on my friend. Awlaki’s online demonic excrement continues to recruit, reinforce and encourage terrorism against the West to this day.
The question now is: What is the appeal of such a demonic death-cult and the monstrous actions it demands of the “faithful”? How are we to understand – and thereby discover how to neutralize – its persuasive power?
Understanding, the seduction of young people into utopian systems is not unique to Islam. Indeed, it is rampant in today’s post-Christian America. One need look no farther than Ivy League university campuses to see people by the thousands recruited not only into the quasi-religion of socialism/Marxism, but also into embracing even more exotic totalitarian beliefs and behaviors (for example, the celebration of dozens of brand-new genders, each with its own legally mandatory pronoun). Ideas that would have caused every previous generation of young Americans to burst out loud laughing. But now, it’s their deadly serious reality.
Others have expressed feelings of disgust with the human race and disengagement with reality.
Likewise, the Daily Mail reported on another depressed/suicidal viewer who said, “I … don’t really see any reason to keep doing things at all. I live in a dying world.”
What are we witnessing here? Distraught and disillusioned young people ripe for transition to a radically different reality. It’s the perfect storm my friend.
How much more deeply appealing is the apocalyptic, end-times, utopian Islamic fantasy world revolving around the final war between good and evil, believer and infidel – not to mention universal joy and brotherhood – oh yeah, and lots of sex in this world and the next – being sold to our disillusioned young people by ISIS recruiters?
After all, consider that the young millennial quoted is not wrong in observing that we “live in a dying world.” The once-vibrant, hope-filled Christian culture that fueled the spectacular growth of America, the U.K. and Europe has all but disintegrated, leaving behind millions of demoralized souls, anxious, depressed, aimless, hopeless – their lives without apparent meaning or purpose.
Enter radical Islam. Like the young “Avatar” fan seeking a quick reincarnation, newly radicalized Muslims want to believe that if they commit suicide in jihad, they “will be rebirthed” in the utopian world described by hypnotic story-tellers like Awlaki.
So when ISIS encourages “self-radicalized” warriors for Allah to “commit jihad where you are” – resulting in increasingly frequent terror attacks across America – the experience for the entranced suicide bomber is somewhat akin to playing a really super-cool new video game. After he dies during the game’s glorious finale, he expects to be rebooted – “rebirthed” – brought back to life in a brand new world, his adventure continuing, only much better.
Award-winning journalist William Finnegan, writing in the New Yorker, describes the mesmerizing appeal of the jihad adventure to aimless, rudderless Westerners this way:
Not understood by the majority of the West, killing Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki – even defeating the Islamic State militarily, essential as that may be – will not guarantee to stop the ideology, or reverse its growth. Terror is jihadism’s most frightening weapon but not its core. Its ideas, which can be summed up as Muslim supremacism, are its greatest strength. These ideas are sold as righteous, utopian, and salvific. They promise to relieve an enormous experience of impotence and humiliation. Even to certain young Westerners, living in comfort and freedom, with no credible personal grievances, they seem to offer an exciting counterculture. The world is ending, and it is ending in blood. Choose Paradise.
Joining the ultimate gang
Today, in the age of ISIS – with its self-declared Caliphate and devastating terror attacks worldwide, and supposedly contrasted with the pathetically feeble and perverse leadership of Barack Obama – there’s one more element present that was lacking when Awlaki was alive, and that’s success. Or at least the perception of success – and in the marketing world, perception equals reality. Success, which breeds hope, is also a prime inducement for women to join ISIS, whose recruitment efforts have been surprisingly resonant with females, the most insecure and lonely of which are targeted with promises of “faith, sisterhood and love.”
Clearly, today’s recruitment message is not merely about being a devout Muslim jihadist, serving Allah, being part of a family of believers and taking the martyrdom-express train ride to paradise. It’s also now about being a member of the biggest, baddest gang in the world, which is expanding its crime territory, kicking America’s butt, kidnapping lots of hot women to be sex slaves – the call them, “wives” – and sowing fear and trembling throughout the infidel Western world. That’s the sales pitch.
Fighting the ‘coalition of devils’
“The world has come together in a global coalition to eradicate Jihad. The media around the globe is painting Jihad in the worst possible colors. Day and night the masses are hearing an orchestra of smear against the mujahideen. In such an inhospitable environment, Jihad is still flourishing, like a blessed tree sprouting through an earth of waste and pollution. The Jihad movement has not only survived, but is expanding.”
The object of the ISIS recruiter is not to make the new member want to become a monster, but to seduce him into believing he is surrounded by monsters. ISIS calls America, Britain and other allies a “coalition of devils,” or “The Great Satan” so the ISIS member sees himself as a righteous warrior defending himself and his brothers and sisters against the marauding legions of the damned.
Think of it this way: You and I, had we been part of 1944’s Operation Valkyrie, one of at least 16 plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler, would have been lying and preparing bombs and assassination plans all day long. After all, we were at war and behind enemy lines, so of course we’d be plotting mayhem and deceiving everyone around us! “War is deception,” said Sun Tzu, and we were engaged in a dangerous but righteous effort to slay a monster, stop a genocide and end a terrible war. Our cause was righteous in the extreme. (The great Christian pastor and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was one of many courageous people executed for their part in the unsuccessful operation to kill Hitler.)
That’s how jihadists feel about attacking us – except they’re insane and totally in the grip of demonic possession.
The process of brainwashing new converts into becoming genocidal monsters is disconcertingly easy. Here’s how Israeli counterterrorism expert Itamar Marcus explains what he calls “The Genocide Mechanism,” illustrating his points with the Rwandan Genocide, in which the Hutu majority slaughtered around 900,000 Tutsis in a 100-day period in 1994:
Common to the framing of all genocide is a very specific kind of demonization. In Rwanda, the Hutus taught that the Tutsis were cockroaches and snakes. Tutsi women were portrayed as cunning seductresses who used beauty and sexual power to conquer the Hutus. … Radio Rwanda repeatedly broadcast a warning that Hutus were about to be attacked by Tutsis, to convince the Hutus that they needed to attack first to protect themselves.
This demonization included two specific components. First, the victims had to be perceived as a clear and present threat, so that the killers were convinced they were acting in self-defense. Second, the victims were dehumanized, so that the killers convinced themselves that they were not destroying real human beings.
If cockroaches are in your kitchen (one, they’re a threat, and two, they’re not human), you have a right and duty to kill them.
During his murder orgy in Orlando, Omar Mateen told a 9-1-1 operator he shot more than 100 people – half of them fatally – because he wanted “America to stop bombing Afghanistan.” In other words, Americans are, one, a threat, and two, not human. (Well, they’re infidels, Kaffaar and oppressors, which is close enough.) ISIS warriors actually know they’re destroying “real human beings” – they just consider them damned and destined for hell anyway, so why not speed up the train ride?
With this type of ISIS-inspired freelance terror attack being committed ever more frequently in the U.S., is there any way to discourage people like Omar Mateen from boarding the jihad train? Although there are many vital aspects to defeating jihad that must be pursued simultaneously, one of the most important is the most obvious: ISIS needs to be crushed so badly militarily (which in itself will serve to greatly discredit its ideology) that it becomes widely shunned by observers worldwide. Very simply, if ISIS is widely seen as the losing team (join, and very quickly you die, end of story – no sex, no glory), a lot fewer players will want to join that team.
Ariel Sharon, the Israeli general and later prime minister, wrote a book called “Warrior.” In it, he reflected on his years as a daring soldier fighting for his nation’s survival. Sharon wrote that, in dealing with Israel’s Arab-Muslim attackers, he “came to view the objective not simply as retaliation, or even deterrence in the usual sense. It was to create in the Arabs a psychology of defeat, to beat them every time and to beat them so decisively that they would develop the conviction they could never win.”
“When a believer is leaving this world and entering the next, angels with faces shining brightly like the sun descend from the heavens carrying a shroud and embalming fragrance from Paradise …”
THE BOTTOM LINE: Ultimately, the appeal of Islamic jihad is that, to the many people seduced into it, it mimics genuine righteousness and selfless dedication to God. Jihadist wannabes can buy into such murderous insanity precisely because their insanity happens to closely parallel the truth! After all, self-sacrifice, martyrdom – giving up one’s life for God –is great and noble and honorable. “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs,” an encyclopedic compilation of true stories of Christian martyrdom, was one of the most popular books in the Protestant world from the 16th through the 19th centuries. Genuine martyrdom is an exceedingly high calling, as is standing up and courageously opposing evil oppressors – exactly what jihadists are told they are doing when they’re slaughtering innocent men, women, and children. What they’re being taught has the resonance of truth, although they end up embracing a hideous perversion of truth. This Type of lie is called Taqiyyah in Arabic. The same type of deceptive lie that Satan convinced Eve in Eden that she would be like God if she ate the forbidden fruit.
Ultimately, the God-shaped hole in the jihadist has not been filled by God, but by an extremely dark, deceitful and demonic imposter called Satan. And when the last slip of the train ticket is finally collected, the passenger discovers, to his great surprise, that he has been lied to by the Great Deceiver himself – and that his final destination is not at all what he had been promised.
Thanks for listening my friend!
- de Andréa
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