The Times has a troubling story of an al-Muhajaroun member who has gone to Afghanistan to join the Taliban. His dream is for his three-year old son to grow up to be a suicide bomber.
An Irish jihadist living in Pakistan’s Swat valley says he is preparing to wage war against British and allied troops in Afghanistan.
Khalid Kelly, a former altar boy from the Liberties area of Dublin who used to be known as Terry, told The Sunday Times he is undergoing weapons training in Pakistan’s mountainous tribal region in order to fight jihad against the enemies of Islam. His dream is to face a British soldier in combat, although he would “settle” for an American, he said.
“I’m already on the path to jihad. I’vealready picked up a gun and done target practice to make myself familiar with weapons. The other day I learnt how to use an M-16 [rifle] in five hours,” he said. “Next week, inshallah, I could be in Afghanistan fighting a British soldier.”
Asked how he would feel about his own three-year-old son becoming a suicide bomber he replied: “I hope he goes to jannah [heaven] before marriageable age.” His son, named Osama after Kelly’s role model, lives in Britain with his Pakistani mother and two younger brothers. His father reckons Osama will be efficient with weapons by the age of ten.
The most graphic example of the Jihadi’s concept of Islam squaring neatly with the Far Right’s is this:
He is also unapologetic about his desire to fund, encourage and take part in terrorism. “I always believe Islam is terrorism. We are told to terrorise the enemies of Islam,” he said. “The world will become a dangerous place. Everybody had better start embracing Islam or people will start flying planes into buildings again.”
The thing is this: Both the far-right and the far left refuse to accept that there is any difference between the vast majority of mainstream British Muslims and fundamentalist Islamic-supremacist sects. Statements like Kelly’s, and his former mentor Anjem Choudaryprovide the raw material for projects like Fitna and spur on alarmist anti-Muslim bigots like Stop Islamification of Europe.
Their counterparts on the Far-Left also can’t seem to differentiate between extremists and the moderate majority. This is why we had a left-wing mayor of London hugging an Islamist cleric who supported suicide bombing, female genital mutilation and the execution of homosexuals. This is why various Left grouplets support Hamas and Hezbollah despite their openly and honestly stated genocidal political intentions. This is why sites like Islamophobia-Watch defend Hizb ut Tahrir or why others wilfully confuse the Taliban and al Qaida insurgents in Iraq with “resistance” against “imperialism”. At the same time, they create their own Muslim targets – like Irshad Manji, for example, who they demonise precisely because she asserts that her Islam is not the Islam of the people the far Left defends. Or the Spittoon.
This is also why we at Harry’s Place try to meticulously differentiate between our mainstream Muslim friends and neighbours and “Islamism, Political Islam, Jihadi Islam, or Islamic Fundamentalism”. For our trouble we have been attacked as both apologists and “dhimmis” seeking to hide (or willfully blind to) the true agenda of Islam, and of course as “Islamophobes” (even proprietors of “an Anti Islam Hate Site”).
We reject both these charges. Two charges we are happy to concede though are that we are seeking to divide the Muslim community and that we see the world in terms of “good Mulsims” and “bad Muslims”. Well of course we do! Doesn’t any sensible person? We seek to create a division between the average Muslim and the extremist nutters like Kelly. Yes, of course. Similarly, just as we see good Christians (or Animal Rights activists), we also see very bad ones – the Phelps family, for example.
The situation is growing very seriously. To prevail against the obvious threat of the Jihadi movement, we need to be able to have a clear-headed picture of the terrain, uncluttered by both the muddle-headed fantasists on the far-right and the dizzy apologists and relativists on the far-left.
This isn’t theory. Bullets are flying. Bombs are going off. The war has started. On the weekend, another 12 people were killed in a suicide bomber attack in Peshawar. Only this morning, four more people were killed in another suicide attack. The Taliban is recruiting bombers. People like Khalid Kelly want his British-born son to become a suicide bomber. Yet another terror ring has been uncovered in the UK. It is only a matter of time before suicide bombers bring to war closer to home again.
In other – quite chilling – news, the Taliban has targeted Australia and declared its intentions to take it from the West… because Muslim Asia need more “lebensraum” (and yes, they did use thatword in their monthly e-zine “Al Sumud” – ‘The Taliban has a monthly online magazine?’ I hear you ask. Well, apparently so. I’m also shocked. We thought they were just a band of local tribesmen and farmers chasing out the foreign invaders, right?).