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January 13, 2015

Charlie Hebdo Attack and One-Sided War

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Nick Catrantzos on January 13, 2015

Comparing it to recent attacks in Ottawa and Sydney misses important differences. The Paris assassinations of 12 people at the offices of the French periodical, Charlie Hebdo, involved more than a single attacker. These attackers were heavily armed and made a getaway, unlike the so-called lone wolves to whom they are being compared.

There will be no workplace violence discussions here, in part because certain features of workplace violence cases are altogether absent. Disturbed individuals who bring carnage to a workplace tend to be seeking not so much victory as relief. Consequently, they give little thought to escape and often die after carrying out their attacks, whether by their own hand or via suicide by cop. Clearly, the Paris attack was bereft of such elements.

Cries of Allahu Akbar are becoming a unifying thread running through attacks by armed killers against unsuspecting and unarmed victims. This common feature does appear to salute the effectiveness of the public relations arm of violent radical Islam that promotes murder stewed in the brine of antipathies legitimized — whether through propaganda, casuistry, or xenophobic bigotry — through a religious imprimatur.

The bottom line is that violent radical Islam and its adherents are waging a declared war against Western culture, institutions, and citizenry. In doing so, they are taking calculated advantage of civil liberties and freedom of maneuver that the radicals never see in their own countries of origin, where dissent is suppressed and deviation from ecclesia and state-enforced orthodoxy becomes freedom- and life-threatening.

We are neck-deep in a war with one self-imposed, knee-capping disadvantage: The adversary recognizes this situation, while we refuse to acknowledge it. Instead, we go to great lengths to discount violent radical Islamist terrorism. The net result is the kind of self-hobbling that limits the ability to conceive of let alone implement meaningful response.

Otherwise, what form might some kind of meaningful response take?

We, in the West, could begin by defining as a renunciation of citizenship any direct linkage to such terror groups and supporters. Want to link arms with ISIS and fight against the infidel?

Fine. Just don’t expect to be allowed to return to the country that has hosted you in your formative years of fostering resentments.

Refuse to assimilate by learning the language and adhering to the laws of the free country you inhabit but hate?

Fine, but you don’t get to stay there to defame and undermine and attack it.

A slow awakening is costly, but it can still avail. Ask the British, who took a long time to realize that the thugs and thugee were an existential threat in India during another century. Once the British finally awoke to this realization, however, they named the threat, studied it, and took severe measures to wipe out in six years a threat that had gone unchallenged and unabated for three hundred years until that point.

This success required closing exploitable gaps in the legal system, implementing harsh measures to contain and bring thugs to justice, and demonstrating the unrelenting resolve to pursue these measures until the threat was extinguished. Then, despite whatever fears of a new totalitarian state there may have been, the British returned to a permissive legal and societal order that had existed before the existential fight had begun. (For a study of this case, consult John Coloe’s 2005  master’s thesis, Government actions in the demise of the Thugs [1829-1835] and Sikh terrorists [1980-1993] and lessons for the United States.)

We, in the West, can do the same, but before there can be resolve, there must be clarity. We have little hope of winning a war if the only one who knows we are in mortal combat is the adversary but not the defender.

The author was a contributor to a security industry study on workplace violence response after having had a workplace violence practice while a consulting security director for Kroll Associates. His area of interest is insider threats, on which he has published a text, Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners. He has also developed curricula and taught in homeland security programs for the University of Alaska and Colorado Technical University. Views expressed here are solely his own.
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Comment by William R. Cumming

January 13, 2015 @ 12:25 am


Comment by Arnold Bogis

January 13, 2015 @ 3:40 am


Comment by Arnold Bogis

January 13, 2015 @ 3:44 am

I would suggest caution in referencing events that occurred during colonial occupations as counter terrorism lessons for today.

Just because…well, I would hope I don’t have to spell it out.

Do I?

Comment by Arnold Bogis

January 13, 2015 @ 3:49 am

Ask the British how they eventually overcame the threat from the IRA.

Comment by Arnold Bogis

January 13, 2015 @ 3:56 am

A U.S. citizen travels to Syria to fight for the Free Syrian Army. We support this group. We hope they can defeat ISIL and the current Syrian government.

But they decide to join ISIL or some other group. How will we know? Should we just revoke their passport for going to Syria in the first place? Even if, at first, they are fighting on “our side?”

Comment by Arnold Bogis

January 13, 2015 @ 3:58 am

Who exactly is refusing to learn the language and laws of their new country and assimilate?

Comment by Philip J. Palin

January 13, 2015 @ 4:12 am

From Hugo Grotius, De Jure Belli ac Pacis (1625)

THE first and most necessary divisions of war are into one kind called private, another public, and another mixed. Now public war is carried on by the person holding the sovereign power. Private war is that which is carried on by private persons without authority from the state. A mixed war is that which is carried on, on one side by public authority, and on the other by private persons.

Even if we choose to call it war does not pre-determine our choices. I am not entirely sure the label advances clarity of thought. But I appreciate the provocation to reconsider this perpetual controversy.

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 13, 2015 @ 8:06 am

Hobbes vis a vis Locke! I prefer the latter but the State of Nature after centuries of warfare that resulted in the nation-state system now dissolving back to Hobbes. IMO of course.

And almost all continue to poison the planet and its inhabitants.

The worst polluter in the USA is of course governments at all levels and those it pretends to regulate.

Comment by Nick Catrantzos

January 13, 2015 @ 10:46 am

ANSWER: Immigrants Who Self-Isolate or Refuse to Assimilate

The intentional resistance of immigrants to assimilate into the society of the country to which they have migrated in pursuit of greener pastures has long been bedeviling diaspora communities in Britain, France, Germany, and elsewhere.

A few recent cases and discussions illustrate some views on the problem.

— From the son of an imam who came to Holland at age 15, Ahmed Aboutaleb, as current mayor of Rotterdam, came these and stronger words to his Muslim community after the Paris attack: “Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here.”

— Religion and cultural commentator Dennis Prager today highlighted this case of a problem allowed to fester because political correctness prevented confronting one such community in Britain:
“Perhaps the most egregious example of a society’s elites treating Islam differently from all other religions took place in the U.K. Between 1997 and 2013, at least 1,400 girls, as young as eleven years old, in the small English city of Rotherham (population 275,000), were repeatedly gang-raped and treated as sex slaves. The U.K. government acknowledged that these atrocities were allowed to go on due to the fact the perpetrators were British Pakistanis and the girls were white. No one was allowed to say that at the time. The author of a 2002 report identifying Pakistanis as the perpetrators and organizers of the Rotherham gang rapes and sex slavery was sent to diversity training.”

— Finally, it turns out that self-isolated enclaves of immigrants in France who refuse to assimilate but govern themselves by Sharia law in disregard of the law of the land, are establishing what have come to be call No-Go Zones, which appear to operate autonomously and into which even local authorities hesitate to enter let alone police.

For a better look into how radicalization threatens not so often the first wave of immigrants in diaspora communities as the succeeding generations who develop a romanticized vision of their ancestral home, perhaps nothing breathes life into the deleterious consequences of failure to assimilate more than Ed Husain’s personal account of his own radicalization in The Islamist: Why I Became an Islamic Fundamentalist, What I Saw Inside, and Why I Left


Comment by Joe Citizen

January 13, 2015 @ 6:09 pm

While Not surprised by the reply by the US State Department Spokesperson when asked the following, what a bunch of fools and led by none other than Barry Obama who from his first days in office and running to Cairo to apologize: How dare you compromise our western allies and our relationships for your perverse ways and finally the Islamic moderate community has spoken against such terrorism – Respect for Islam, Respect for Christianity and so forth and so on is a shared responsibility for all to Respect one another and again, while I understand everyone has a Right to print what it prefers, where is there purpose in depicting Jesus Christ or Mohammad or anyone else in a degrading manner? Such ignorance and such disrespect towards another who believes in his or her Christianity or Islam or other.

In the 21st century, there is no room for such ignorance and there is no justification by anyone to harm another and to kill innocent in such a way in the name of any religion.

To the US State Department, you again look like the fools you are in the interview with Martha and you following the directive not to refer to Islamic terrorism is as bad as the US AG did to sit in the coffee shop in Paris and Not join the march….

It is obvious more and more to many more here and abroad that Barry Obama, Michelle Obama and Bill Ayers and many such have much in common, so tainted in their ways, however We, too are tired of this travesty, this negligence and this intentional support of the Muslim Brotherhood and their likes which tells much about who Barry Obama and the Rev Wright really are and their willingness to do whatever possible to enable Tehran to have WMD in hand as long as the “Zionists” have the same…let’s see the press release this video clip of the Rev Wright back in ’08, yup, the same Rev Wright who Michelle and Barry Obama sat in the pews listening to for twenty years….

Enough of this Obama charade and time for Congress and the Senate to lead our nation and stand forthright for our Judeo-Christian values and stand tall for our Constitution and get laws enforced….

By the way, what US Senators were marching in Paris?

Did I see US officials – was that Harry Reid of “Smug-smiled Pelosi” walking in the march (LoL) really, what a sham….We folks are in real trouble and You allowed this administration to use their own perverse mannerisms, their own bias, their intentional ways to divide this nation and to have the AG sitting in paris at a coffee shop Not marching, what a sham….an utter disgrace.

No longer is there any trust in this executive government by many on “Main Street USA” and folks are running to get their gun license and a cache of weapons for “all lawful purpose” – loaded and cocked – and when seeing that Islamic acts of terrorism are condoned by this administration given their silence, a reminder, We are the United States of America and how dare you allow this eight resident of the White House to shame us in every way – we should have a Right to “recall every publicly elected official” – I don’t give a damn what party for We as Americans are being led out on a plank that is as slippery as this White House – so many are simply outraged…outraged and with a new Senate majority, it is time to take back our beloved Republic from these pirates….

It is time to demand accountability of every individual here in this country and to stop issuing visas to anyone for six months – including student visas – until a new immigration policy is in tact, our border to the South closed and anyone found illegal in this country detained and the courts to determine their future for they are law breakers….nothing less….

It is time to enforce the same laws we must adhere to as citizens – no one including Barry Obama and Hillary Clinton are above the law….no one — We will never forget how they both stood shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie and left our brae warriors behind at the “Benghazi Massacre” –

I do hope that the good folks at NSA are listening in to the White House calls for there is so much distrust of Barry Obama and his continued effort to diminish this great nation….enough is enough.

Barry Obama will finish his office and a new election will bring his successor so let’s demand that the four or next eight year WH resident is truly an American patriot who believes in America and our traditions and our history and our diversity and Respect for neighbors and friends….not this fabricated tale that this White House spins….we are sick of it and Islam and Muslims who do Not Respect their own faith and speak out against such terror which is Not the way of Muslim or Christian or Hebrew or Hindu – folks with a Right to choose their faith without imposing on another and while not necessarily embracing one another, Respecting one another! Not killing innocents and children and yelling Allah while killing children, how sick! God is witness to all and no other has a Right to make judgement on another….

MacCallum to State Dept. Spox: Why Is ‘Islamic Extremism’ So Hard to Say?

Jan 12, 2015 // 9:43pm

As seen on The Kelly File
Martha MacCallum tonight took on State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf over the administration’s avoidance of the term “Islamic extremism.”

MacCallum asked her: Why is it so hard to say?

“It’s not hard to say, but it’s not the only kind of extremist we face,” Harf said.

MacCallum fired back, asking what other forms of extremism “are particularly troubling” to the State Department. Harf told MacCallum that the State Department is “of course” most focused on extremism in the name of Islam.

MacCallum also asked Harf why someone notable from the administration did not attend Sunday’s march in Paris.

Harf said the White House agrees that someone more senior should have attended the event. Still, she added, “I don’t think American leadership in the world is defined by any one march […] if you think it is, that’s really taking a pretty limited view of American leadership.”


Comment by Joe Citizen

January 13, 2015 @ 6:29 pm

A one-sided war….

Given the worsening terrorist acts against humanity and a weakened US under the failed and perverse leadership of Barry Obama….it will be interesting to see what the new Threat Assessment states to be released soon….we will have an opportunity to compare….


Comment by Joe Citizen

January 13, 2015 @ 10:06 pm

Well, for those of us as seniors and having to turn to those in the know, could the following be true

(by Pamela Geller, WND) — The jihad terror-trainings compounds in the U.S., a news story I first broke back in 2007, are growing. And now I have obtained exclusive information showing that one of them has placed members on local police forces, ensuring that nothing is done to stop or even monitor their activities.

PJ Media reported, ?Federal Bureau of Investigations documents detailing a 22-site network of terrorist training villages sprawled across the United States. According to the documents, the FBI has been concerned about these facilities for about 12 years, but cannot act against them because the U.S. State Department has not yet declared that their umbrella group, MOA [Muslims of the Americas]/Jamaat ul-Fuqra, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.?

The Texas compound is called ?Mahmoudberg,? located in south Texas? Brazoria County on County Road 3 near the town of Sweeny, which has a population of about 4,000. Jamaat ul-Fuqra was the jihad terrorist organization that murdered journalist Daniel Pearl ? he had gone to try to interview its leader. According to an informed source, one of Pearl?s murderers now lives at Mahmoudberg.

I have also discovered that another member of the MOA compound in Sweeny is a police officer for the nearby city of Freeport; his name is Hussein Jones. Informed and well-placed sources have informed me that a few years ago, there was a shooting on the compound. County officers were called, as well as EMS. However, when they arrived, they faced hostile members of the compound who would not allow them inside.

A police officer who was at the scene said that as this confrontation was going on, a constable of the neighboring Fort Bend County came speeding up in his car and began angrily rebuking the police officers who were there. He also tried to prevent the officers and EMS technicians and paramedics from gaining access to the compound. This constable also turned out to be a member of the MOA compound. However, as a result of his behavior during this incident, he was fired from his position as constable, and county officials were ultimately able to get inside the compound, although Brazoria County police are still not allowed in.

My sources tell me also that the compound is made up of mobile buildings that the group regularly rearranges, always positioning them in a way so that if law enforcement had to storm the compound, they would be sitting ducks with a sure tactical disadvantage.

Police officials say there are no laws to stop this group from what they are doing, and they cannot do anything until they break some kind of law.

It is astonishing to me that these jihadists can so easily place themselves in positions of power right under our noses. How could law enforcement agencies in two different Texas counties have hired these two members of the MOA, even after vetting them ? or did they vet them? Were they afraid of charges of ?Islamophobia?? How can Hussein Jones still be employed by the Freeport Police Department?

After all, it isn?t news that these compounds exist. I ran a piece by Paul Williams at my website Atlas Shrugs on Aug. 6, 2007, reporting that ?Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a terrorist organization with headquarters in Pakistan, has established over 45 compounds in rural areas throughout America. The compounds are providing paramilitary training to new recruits for the great jihad against the USA under the not-so-watchful eye of federal law enforcement officials. Most of the recruits are African-Americans who converted to Islam while doing hard time in federal prison.?

These are essentially America?s no-go Shariah zones, where even police maintain a hands-off policy. Mahmoudberg?s sister terror compound in New York, Islamberg, contains a campus of ?The International Quranic Open University,? at which students get training from manuals written by Jamaat ul-Fuqra leader Mubarak al-Gilani, who teaches them that the Muslim?s ?foremost duty? is to ?wage jihad? against the ?enemies? of Islam. Continue reading via WND…

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 14, 2015 @ 4:00 am

Do others find it of interest that MSM seems to identify as “terrorists” only those with links to Islam?

Is this a new definition of “terrorist” warping after 9/11 as opposed to the more elastic “terrorist” definitions of the 60’s and 70’s?


Comment by Christopher Tingus

January 14, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

….another interesting and different perspective – any comments (thank you):

Christopher Tingus
Harwich Cape Cod


From the Daily Beast by Dean Obeidallah

Are All Terrorists Muslims? It’s Not Even Close

What percentage of terror attacks in the United States and Europe are committed by Muslims? Guess. Nope. Guess again. And again…

“Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.” How many times have you heard that one? Sure, we heard Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade say it, but to me, that was simply part of the Fox News plan to make their viewers dumber, as we saw again this past weekend when its terrorism “expert” Steve Emerson was caught fabricating the story that Birmingham, England, is closed to non-Muslims. But more alarmingly, even some reasonable people have uttered this statement.

And that comment is often followed up by the question: Why don’t we see Christian, Buddhist, or Jewish terrorists?

Obviously, there are people who sincerely view themselves as Muslims who have committed horrible acts in the name of Islam. We Muslims can make the case that their actions are not based on any part of the faith but on their own political agenda. But they are Muslims, no denying that.

However, and this will probably shock many, so you might want to take a breath: Overwhelmingly, those who have committed terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe aren’t Muslims. Let’s give that a moment to sink in.

Now, it’s not your fault if you aren’t aware of that fact. You can blame the media. (Yes, Sarah Palin and I actually agree on one thing: The mainstream media sucks.)

So here are some statistics for those interested. Let’s start with Europe. Want to guess what percent of the terrorist attacks there were committed by Muslims over the past five years? Wrong. That is, unless you said less than 2 percent.

As Europol, the European Union’s law-enforcement agency, noted in its report released last year, the vast majority of terror attacks in Europe were perpetrated by separatist groups. For example, in 2013, there were 152 terror attacks in Europe. Only two of them were “religiously motivated,” while 84 were predicated upon ethno-nationalist or separatist beliefs.

We are talking about groups like France’s FLNC, which advocates an independent nation for the island of Corsica. In December 2013, FLNC terrorists carried out simultaneous rocket attacks against police stations in two French cities. And in Greece in late 2013, the left-wing Militant Popular Revolutionary Forces shot and killed two members of the right-wing political party Golden Dawn. While over in Italy, the anarchist group FAI engaged in numerous terror attacks including sending a bomb to a journalist. And the list goes on and on.

Have you heard of these incidents? Probably not. But if Muslims had committed them do you think you our media would’ve covered it? No need to answer, that’s a rhetorical question.

Or what about the (dare I mention them) Jewish terrorists? Per the 2013 State Department’s report on terrorism, there were 399 acts of terror committed by Israeli settlers.
Even after one of the worst terror attacks ever in Europe in 2011, when Anders Breivik slaughtered 77 people in Norway to further his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and pro-“Christian Europe” agenda as he stated in his manifesto, how much press did we see in the United States? Yes, it was covered, but not the way we see when a Muslim terrorist is involved. Plus we didn’t see terrorism experts fill the cable news sphere asking how we can stop future Christian terrorists. In fact, even the suggestion that Breivik was a “Christian terrorist” was met with outrage by many, including Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly.

Have you heard about the Buddhist terrorists? Well, extremist Buddhists have killed many Muslim civilians in Burma, and just a few months ago in Sri Lanka, some went on a violent rampage burning down Muslim homes and businesses and slaughtering four Muslims.

Or what about the (dare I mention them) Jewish terrorists? Per the 2013 State Department’s report on terrorism, there were 399 acts of terror committed by Israeli settlers in what are known as “price tag” attacks. These Jewish terrorists attacked Palestinian civilians causing physical injuries to 93 of them and also vandalized scores of mosques and Christian churches.

Back in the United States, the percentage of terror attacks committed by Muslims is almost as miniscule as in Europe. An FBI study looking at terrorism committed on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 found that 94 percent of the terror attacks were committed by non-Muslims. In actuality, 42 percent of terror attacks were carried out by Latino-related groups, followed by 24 percent perpetrated by extreme left-wing actors.

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