Christchurch

A few of my thoughts about the terror attack in Christchurch New Zealand.

The question has been asked why NZ?

The fact that the alleged perpetrator was Australian and had far rightwing, racist allegiances is very relevant to that question.
Political rhetoric in Australia in recent years has developed an ugly racist element. The Guardian article linked below gives a lot of detail of that.
Also see the link to an earlier blog post of mine that refers to the foolish Christian involvement in support of that political direction.

Added to that atmosphere is the difference in gun laws between close neighbours Australia and New Zealand. Many years ago the Australian parliament passed laws that prohibited the kind of fire arm used in the Christchurch attack.

Those guns are legally available in New Zealand, making an attack like the one on Friday easier to carry out against Muslims in New Zealand than it would be in Australia, where the type of weapon used would not be easily obtained.
Combine the Australian political climate that has given traction to far right racist dogma together with the availability of semi-automatic weapons in nearby NZ and I can understand “why New Zealand”.

Yesterday I noticed that the Sunday Telegraph front page had a large photo of a small child, one of the victims of the shootings. The major headline read “Peace Be Upon You” – a common Muslim religious phrase that is used to greet or say farewell to others.

The Sunday Telegraph is one of the Murdoch papers referred to in the Guardian article. The Murdoch press has regularly given a platform for strong anti-Muslim rhetoric from commentators in their weekly columns and I believe that has been instrumental in fomenting a political climate that makes far right extremism more likely.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/17/australians-are-asking-how-did-we-get-here-well-islamophobia-is-practically-enshrined-as-public-policy

https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/danny-nalliah-false-prophet-and-political-agitator/

From Baghdad Burning blog, Sunday, September 11, 2005

From Baghdad Burning blog, Sunday, September 11, 2005

It has been four years today. How does it feel four years later?

For the 3,000 victims in America, more than 100,000 have died in Iraq. Tens of thousands of others are being detained for interrogation and torture. Our homes have been raided, our cities are constantly being bombed and Iraq has fallen back decades, and for several years to come we will suffer under the influence of the extremism we didn’t know prior to the war.

As I write this, Tel Afar, a small place north of Mosul, is being bombed. Dozens of people are going to be buried under their homes in the dead of the night. Their water and electricity have been cut off for days. It doesn’t seem to matter much though because they don’t live in a wonderful skyscraper in a glamorous city. They are, quite simply, farmers and herders not worth a second thought.

Four years later and the War on Terror (or is it the War of Terror?) has been won:

Score:
Al-Qaeda – 3,000
America – 100,000+

Congratulations.

https://riverbendblog.blogspot.com.au/2005_09_01_archive.html#112647459352403679#112647459352403679

(After clicking on the link, scroll down to post from 11 Sept)

More Godless Cowardice

It seems my previous post needs to be updated:

THREE terror attacks this week carried out by pathetic, Godless cowards.

Charlottesville, Barcelona and now Cambrils.

A second terror attack has taken place in Cambrils, a coastal town around 120km from Barcelona. Six bystanders and one police officer were injured – two seriously – when they were reportedly deliberately hit by a car.
Police officers then shot dead five suspects, some of whom were wearing what appeared to be explosive belts.

more details here:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/aug/18/barcelona-cambrils-terror-attack-suspects-killed-latest-updates

However, even this update is lacking.
It only addresses the terror attacks that have been widely publicised – which more or less means attacks on Western targets.

A wider picture can be seen at this link :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents_in_August_2017

Pathetic Godless Cowards

Two terror attacks this week carried out by pathetic, Godless cowards.

CHARLOTTESVILLE

BARCELONA

One was quickly and strongly condemned by the US President, the other was reluctantly and half-heartedly “condemned”.
One was Islamist inspired. The other was home-grown, white supremacist inspired.

 

The following bible quote reveals the inspiration behind their cowardly acts (as well as the source of so much of Trump’s rhetoric).

You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it

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Trump Swiftly Condemns Barcelona Terror Attack. Charlottesville? Not So Much.

He then promoted a fake story about mass murdering Muslims.

 (Article from Mother Jones)

With pertinent details still unfolding, President Donald Trump took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to condemn a terrorist attack in Barcelona, where a white van plowed through the popular tourist street of Las Ramblas, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 50 people.

The president’s response to the Barcelona attack was far swifter than his delayed response to the white supremacist clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday and his initial failure to flatly denounce white nationalists. Instead, Trump blamed “many sides” for the violence.

Trump later followed up his condemnation Thursday with a second tweet that perhaps explains why the president was so quick to react to Barcelona and not Charlottesville. It should be noted that the story he cites below is fake.

Complete article here.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and 9/11

The Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and 9/11. Dr. Nabeel Jabbour interview – Part 2

This is part two of the series of interviews with Dr. Nabeel Jabbour, continuing his history of modern day Islamist extremism.
Here he shows how the events touched upon in the last audio led to Al Qeda and the attacks of September 11, 2001.

From the Zwemer Centre for Muslim Studies:
http://www.zwemercenter.com/zwemer-podcast/page/6/

How ISIS Began in Colorado

How ISIS Began in Colorado (interview with Dr. Nabeel Jabbour – Part 1)

The next few posts will be audios from the Zwemer Centre for Muslim Studies.
http://www.zwemercenter.com/

They are a series of interviews with Dr. Nabeel Jabbour about the origins an influences behind the rise of present day extreme Islamism.

The roots of this extremism stretch back to surprising places.

I had recently come across a lot of the content of this particular audio from a “secular” source on ANB radio
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/what-he-saw-in-america:the-violent-legacy-of-sayyid-qutbs-visi/7795158

Have You Heard About?

 

Have you heard about…

Kabul truck-bomb toll rises to more than 150 killed.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSKBN18X0FU

How much did you hear about that as compared to the abundance of information flooding the media after terror attacks in the west?

Or how much did you hear about this?

Two weeks ago, the American military finally acknowledged what nongovernmental monitoring groups had claimed for months: The United States-led coalition fighting the Islamic State since August 2014 has been killing Iraqi and Syrian civilians at astounding rates in the four months since President Trump assumed office. The result has been a “staggering loss of civilian life,” as the head of the United Nations’ independent Commission of Inquiry into the Syrian civil war said last week.

“At least 484 civilians have been unintentionally killed by coalition strikes,” the United States Central Command, or Centcom, the military command responsible for the Middle East, said in a June 2 statement.

Estimates by independent monitors are much higher. Airwars, a watchdog group, says coalition airstrikes have killed nearly 4,000 civilians.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/19/opinion/isis-syria-iraq-civilian-casualties.html

(I’m sure that word “unintentionally” is a real comfort to the families of those killed).

 

See information below about terror attacks in western Europe over the past 47 years – and particularly note the attacks attributed to Islamist terrorism. How do the totals for the whole period compare to the recent numbers off civilian deaths in bombing raids in Syria?

http://www.datagraver.com/case/people-killed-by-terrorism-per-year-in-western-europe-1970-2015

And compare to the US details accessed through the same site, which unfortunately don’t specify which are Islamist terror related. The spike in 2001 is obvious. The one in 1995 reflects the white supremacist attack in Oklahoma :

Taking all of this into account – how rational is the fear of Muslims, particular Muslim refugees trying to escape the horrors of Syria and the bombing of their homes?

And how much ignorance and/or hypocrisy is involved when western “Christians” join in the fear-mongering?

Understanding Jihad

Part One: The Heart of a Jihadist

Youssef had just graduated from university and was returning to his home country in the Middle East. He had arrived in Europe eager to promote Islam and gain a western education. It was at university he first encountered sincere disciples of Jesus who were willing to share their beliefs and friendship with him. As his relationships with them grew, so did his curiosity about the Messiah. Youssef eventually gave his life to Christ and exchanged his radical views of fundamental Islam for the meekness of a risen Savior.

Now it was time for Youssef to move on. He was leaving Europe with a new education, but more importantly, a new purpose in life. Determined to share Christ with his family and friends, he had decided to return home. This concerned his Christian brothers and sisters greatly. Youssef’s father was a high-ranking political figure in his home country. As a child, Youssef had been invited to observe quietly as his father held important meetings in their home with men like Osama bin Laden.

Youssef’s Christian friends implored him not to go back and suggested other ways he might effectively share the Gospel. The risk was high, and they worried for his life.

Youssef looked at them squarely in the eye and said, “As a young boy, my mother sat me on her knee and stroked my hair as she whispered, ‘My son, one day you will strap a bomb to yourself and become a glorious hero for Allah.’ Since I was a child, I have been prepared to die for God. But now, I know the God I am dying for. His name is Jesus, and He died for me.

full article here:
https://www.crescentproject.org/articles-blog/2017/5/4/understanding-jihad-part-one-the-heart-of-a-jihadist

Part two is here:

https://www.crescentproject.org/articles-blog/2017/5/5/understanding-jihad-part-two-the-creed-behind-the-cruelty

See also:

It is important to protect communities we live in. The only way we can do that is to meet Muslims in our communities and share the Gospel with them. The Gospel will change their lives…

…Christians must resolve to move beyond the anger and fear incited by the media and obey the command of Jesus who said, “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age,” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Abundant life does not mean you live in the United States of America or own a fancy car. It means you have been saved, forgiven, and the Holy Spirit is guiding you throughout your life.

As Christians, we can invite the Muslims in our communities to enter this abundant life through Jesus the Messiah.

https://www.crescentproject.org/articles-blog/2017/5/5/will-jihad-ever-end-an-interview-with-the-president-of-crescent-project

Trump, Qatar, Russia and Possible Saudi Subterfuge.

I found the combination of the two articles below raises interesting questions.

In particular the suggestion in the first article that Russian hackers may have been paid by Saudi Arabia or the UAE to ignite the Qatar situation. (Saudi Arabia, birth place of Islam and source, financer and major propagator of Wahhabism,  the extreme form of Sunni Islam that led to ISIS, Al Qaeda and similar groups*).

And then Trump takes credit for the situation…

 

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Russian hackers to blame for sparking Qatar crisis, FBI inquiry finds.

An investigation by the FBI has concluded that Russian hackers were responsible for sending out fake messages from the Qatari government, sparking the Gulf’s biggest diplomatic crisis in decades.

It is believed that the Russian government was not involved in the hacks; instead, freelance hackers were paid to undertake the work on behalf of some other state or individual. Some observers have claimed privately that Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates may have commissioned the hackers.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/07/russian-hackers-qatar-crisis-fbi-inquiry-saudi-arabia-uae

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner.

President Trump thrust himself into a bitter Persian Gulf dispute on Tuesday, taking credit for Saudi Arabia’s move to isolate its smaller neighbor, Qatar,

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/06/world/middleeast/trump-qatar-saudi-arabia.html?_r=0

 

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(Wahhabi mission, or Dawah Wahhabiyya, is to spread purified Islam through the world, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Tens of billions of dollars have been spent by the Saudi government and charities on mosques, schools, education materials, scholarships, throughout the world to promote Islam and the Wahhabi interpretation of it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahhabism )

 

(Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism.

Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century. http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2014/11/wahhabism-isis-how-saudi-arabia-exported-main-source-global-terrorism )