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December 16, 2014 4:49 pm

Terror Attack in Australia Will Soon Reach Europe, America

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The violent conclusion to the Australian hostage taking terrorist siege was inevitable. The terrorist Man Haron Monis was killed as the Sydney police swat team stormed the café. Even though two hostages were killed, the Sydney police had no choice but to act. After a siege lasting nearly 17 hours, police had good reason to believe that the self-anointed “Sheik” Haron Monis was going to make good on his threat to detonate the bombs he claimed to have unless his demands were met.

There had been an open line between a police hostage negotiator with the terrorist for much of that time but with up to 10 hostages remaining captive, it was feared that the terrorist was going to become a suicide bomber and thus kill everyone in the café. The Sydney police are now involved in investigating and reconstructing the time line of entire incident. But there is no doubt that the Australian police saved the lives of many more hostages.

There should be no doubt that this was a pure act of Islamic terrorism despite ludicrous assertions by some commentators that his “motivations” were unknown. We will see all sorts of “explanations” that because his rap sheet included indictments for sexual assault and murder, he was not really an Islamic terrorist but someone who was simply mentally unstable. Well, the same rationale could be said for all terrorists. After all, who in their right mind would want to kill innocent civilians because of their religious beliefs?

Islamic extremists do. And to deny their radical Islamic motivation—as our own government has done repeatedly in refusing to classify Islamic terrorist attacks as such as in the case of the massacre carried out by Major Nidal Hassan—is a guarantee that such acts will continue to be perpetuated especially by lone wolf terrorists. Australian police are investigating to determine if Monis acted alone or whether he acted in concert with other Islamic extremists or even at the behest of ISIS itself.

Last month, Monis pledged his allegiance to ISIS and renounced his Shiite heritage in an online posting that since has been taken down. Our organization, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, retrieved the page and translated it. Monis wrote:

“Pledge of allegiance [to ISIS] of Sheikh Haron”

“Allegiance with Allah and His Messenger, and the Commander of the Faithful – I pledge allegiance to Allah and His Messenger and the Caliph of the Muslims”

“Praise be to Allah and prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and all his companions, and those who follow them and peace be upon the Commander of the Faithful, the Caliph of the Muslims, the Imam of our current era, and praise be to Allah, who made for us a Caliph of the Earth and an imam who summons us to Islam and holds fast to the Rope of Allah Almighty and praise be to Allah that I have had the honor to pledge allegiance to the Imam of our time. Those who swear allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims are just swearing allegiance to Allah and His Messenger….”

His website also contained rants against the Australian government for their involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Australian intelligence was aware of Monis early on and had an extensive file on him based on his prior radical Islamic activities in Australia and electronic surveillance of his communications with Islamic terrorists overseas.

The terrorist incident in Sydney certainly indicates parallels with the calls for individually driven terrorist attacks by Islamic radicals throughout the West. These calls grew in prominence with Inspire magazine, put out by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) led by Anwar Al-Awlaki until he was killed by a U.S. drone. In calling for Muslims living in western countries to carry out lone wolf terrorist attacks, ISIS has copied the same playbook as AQAP in calling for local attacks whenever and where ever possible. These attacks are happening all over the world now, especially fueled beyond the Internet by the rise of social media which has pushed the message of Islamic terrorism virtually as fast as the speed of light. In the past two years alone, there have been more than 100 attempted or successful ISIS inspired Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe and the United State From Belgium to France to Oklahoma City, no place is immune from Islamic terrorism, whether it be from returning ISIS veterans or just those radical Muslims living in the West who are motivated to carry out attacks.

Moreover, it is a lethal mistake for western leaders to differentiate ISIS from other Islamic terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hizballah, Boko Haram, or Al Shabaab. Those Islamic terrorist groups are motivated by the same underlying motivations behind ISIS: to kill as many of their infidel enemies as possible and impose Islamic supremacy. The only difference is that ISIS has declared itself to be a global caliphate; the other groups are focused on becoming regional caliphates. But their genocidal agenda and tactics are no different than those of ISIS. The only reason Hamas has not been as successful as ISIS in killing its infidel enemies is that Israel has been able to stop Hamas from carrying out acts of mass murder, even though Hamas tried this past summer when it launched more than 6,000 rockets and missiles at Israel in an effort to kill as many civilians as possible. Nigeria on the other hand has been unable to stop the horrific successful attacks by Boko Haram in which more than 300 Nigerians have been slaughtered in the past year alone.

Australian intelligence agencies probably had the best handle on the domestic threat by Islamic extremists as evidenced by their successful interruption of major plots in the past year. Those plots included a plan to behead Australian civilians and a conspiracy to bomb Australian targets. But those were plots planned by conspiracies of multiple extremists. Today’s incident, however, shows the difficulties of stopping lone wolf attacks. What we are witnessing is not the rise of radical Islam. It is only an extension of the rise of radical Islam unleashed by the 9/11 attacks. The difference is that this phase is not directed by centralized organizations. Islamic terrorism has now become decentralized, creating a new challenge for western intelligence agencies. It creates extraordinary pressure to come up with new methods to monitor internal threats which are also a technical challenge as it means monitoring meta data of social media. But the most dangerous and counterproductive act would be to deny that Islamic terrorist attacks are what they are: Islamic terrorist attacks.

Steven Emerson is executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism and the executive producer of a new documentary about the Muslim Brotherhood in America “Jihad in America: the Grand Deception.” This article was originally published by FOX News.

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  • David

    I wish this was not true.

    Hatered, misogyny and violence is engrained in Islam.

    We are witnessing it in Australia. What is needed is education and the demolition of religious institutions of which Islam is the most repugnant.

    The cover up Islamiv violence and infiltration by western governments and constructed media campaigns is most alarming.

  • Pigasus (the porcine aviator)

    One can ask whether Islam was designed with the specific purpose of eliciting the worst human behavior conceivable, or was Islam the result of accommodation to a sub-culture whose signature behaviors were (and are) otherwise universally considered abhorrent. Rephrased, the question becomes: Was Islam designed as a religion for pirates, or was this perfect fit an adaptation?

    The answer is a practical irrelevance, while consideration of the question can inspire epiphany.

    The only reality that matters is that Islam is an adversary to human civilization that requires appropriate response and warrants appropriate anticipation. The initial international American military initiative, war with the Barbary States, was exactly that sort of appropriate response.

    Expulsion of the Islamic faithful, evidenced by mosque closures, from the non-Muslim world is appropriate anticipation. I think.

    Help me understand if I’m mistaken.

  • Hillel

    There are no other terror groups for him to be involved with. He is involved with Islam, at the mosque, at his home, on his website, on the net, on social media. The entire islamist reality is the terror group. No matter, if it is called Hezbollah, or Hamas etc… they are all birds of a feather. They are the terror group, meeting every Friday at every mosque in every venue in every country around the world. God help us all because our leaders can’t see it. Just recall how it came that Hitler could conquer the world and supplant that on what is happing with the resurgence of this 7th century disease and see what you come up with.

  • Fred

    Obama was silent. The deed was done as a week end prank he could not would not see all this as an Islamic manifestation of terror. He is a true defender of the Faith by his actions.

  • Chris Rettenmoser

    The Shiite wimp became a Sunni killer…oh well.

  • Rebecca Olesleln

    Another mistake people make is viewing only large scale bombings or attacks as ‘terrorist’ attacks. My question to these people is this: What is terrorism? What do you think it means when you or someone else says ‘terrorism’? You think it just means suicide bombers or hijacked planes?

    If you were part of a small minority group (Christians) and the people in the majority (muslims) routinely spit on you, harassed, intimidated and threatened you and your neighbors: demanding that you change your religion or your beliefs: if young girls and women in your group routinely disappeared, were kidnapped-raped & forced into marriage with a stranger from the majority OR were drugged/gang-raped and sold into forced prostitution; if your homes, businesses and places of worship were vandalized or burned to the ground; if people in your group were subjected to violence brutality, death threats, violent murders, false witness (accused of a crime that brings the death sentence-no real evidence needed); if your land and property is taken away by the majority; if your holy temples are bulldozed by the state; if the police will not help you when something terrible happens because they are part of the group that persecutes you; if men of the majority routinely sexually assault the minority women without fear of retribution or arrest; if your 7 year old daughter were raped by someone in the majority group and you were too afraid to report it to the police because of the violent repercussions/as were the parents of many other children who had been assaulted; any of these acts that are perpetrated on a daily basis to Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and other smaller religious & ethnic groups –
    these are all acts meant to terrorize, control and ultimately destroy the minority groups outright. THIS IS TERRORISM, the kind 100s of thousands of people a day worldwide suffer DAILY while people who defend islam turn a blind eye.


    These kinds of things can occur over decades or even centuries – but the end result is always the same – the people who are being terrorized leave or are killed – in the end they’re gone – eliminated.

    For the governments and law enforcement agencies of this western world to deny the fact that this hostage situation — like the shootings of Nadel/Ft. Hood was referred to as ‘workplace violence’, as the beheading of one woman & attempted murder of another in a factory by a ‘recently converted to islam’ co-worker is being referred to just more ‘workplace violence’ — is an insult to our intelligence and a slap in the face. It minimizes the TRUTH of islamic violence towards the people in their ‘host’ countries, their real reasons for being here, it lulls people into a false complacency – IT’S A LIE and a very dangerous lie. The Censorship of so-called ‘regular criminal activity’ of the immigrant muslims in Australia and European countries is SICK. The media censors their criminal violence, the government denies there is ANY problem, and when confronted the reply is always ‘people of all races and religious groups commit robbery or rape’ (disingenuous at best) when the truth is that the muslims are raping at an exponentially higher right than their indigenous peers – gang rape is endemic, the violence associated with these rapes is not normal – and at least 85% of all convicted rapists are muslim immigrants or children of… in Sweden the rape of MEN increased 500% in FOUR YEARS and they expect us to believe it’s because just more people are reporting the rapes. A sick lie. Since when did Swedes gang rape 17 year old boys in a cemetery – 7 men ? These are not Swedes – they’re muslims who were told by their prophet to rape infidels in their own countries, IT’S A FORM OF TERRORISM !!!!

    • Keith

      Well said Rebecca, just start looking over your shoulder now for the police just waiting to arrest you for the hate crime of telling the truth about Islam.