The US has warned about Jihadist attacks against western targets - Australia, the UK and France raised their level of alert and took preventive measures; but, in spite of it all, terror proceeds. Are politicians doing enough to protect us?
Raising alert levels, increasing security checks, giving more power to the secrets services etc is important but not enough. Unless politicians admit that Islamism is presently a problem and that all Islamist groups follow a plan; no military action, no counter-terrorist measure, will be able to fully stop the haemorrhage. Now, we must be able to call things by their proper names and face the truth head on.
Every single individual engaged in Missionary, Political, Violent Activism is, in fact, a different piece from the same puzzle, working towards the same goal: the establishment of the Global Caliphate.
Missionary Activism: grassroots campaigning at individual level to create societal change. This sort of activism is undertaken by individuals who may not want to engage in violence but do wish to contribute to the cause. In this category fall the social media activists & trolls (who more often than not practise racism, anti-Semitism, incitement to hatred and violence); individual recruiters (using friendship as bait); members of charity institutions and foundations; community leaders in Islamic cultural centres; Imams in Mosques and other community organisers.
Political Activism: working within the system to influence & create change. This sort of activism is carried out by individuals who may have engaged in violent activism in the past, or by missionary activists. In this category fall the leaders of Hybrid Terrorist Organisations; representatives of Political Islam; Pro-Palestinian Protesters; elements of the BDS Movement; and members of NGOs & Lobby Groups with ties to Islamist causes.
Violent Activism: carried out by local actors [targeting near enemy: government], regional actors [seeking to retain land they believe they have lost] and global actors [targeting far enemy]). A few examples:
- Local actors: al-Nusra wanting to depose Bashar al-Assad and IS wanting to depose both the Iraqi and Syrian governments in order to cement the Islamic State in Muslim Land.
- Regional actors: Hamas and Fatah plus their proxy terrorist groups seeking to kill every Jew in Israel so that the Islamic State can also cover the whole territory of Historical Palestine.
- Global actors: Al-Qaeda, Khorasan - in addition to other affiliates - seeking revenge against the World for the Ummah's woes; and to finally establish the Global Caliphate under Shari'a Law - perceived to be the best system for mankind.
Besides heeding Islamic cells, security agencies must also pay attention to western collaborators who offer a support network to terrorist groups.
For instance, George Galloway, a British MP, is clearly a collaborator so what is the UK waiting for to prosecute him and others like him? It was a first step to have closed his charity (Viva Palestina) since "In March 2009, Galloway made a point of defiantly holding up a bag of cash before handing it to a Hamas minister despite the UK's designation of Hamas as a terrorist group. Prominent Viva Palestina leaders have openly advocated for the destruction of Israel" (Read); but what about Oxfam and other organisations that are profoundly linked to Islamic charities that fund Islamic Terror worldwide?
PM Tony Blair tried to, follow Germany's example and, ban Hizb-ut-Tahrir (a trans-national political party, founded in Jerusalem in 1953, whose ideology is Islam and aims to restore "the Caliphate and the ruling by Allah" in Hizb-ut-Tahrir al Islami, Transnational Terrorism, Security & Rule of Law 2007 report) but apparently the "Organisation of Chief Police Officers, Intelligence Chiefs and civil liberties groups reacted by stating that Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a non-violent group which is not involved in terrorism and is not tied to Al-Qaeda" (idem) - obviously the objectors ignored the power of Islamist Missionary and Political Activism and its role in advancing terrorism.
PM Cameron's government expressed the intention of curbing (not banning) Muslim Brotherhood activities, but that organisation is only a tip of the iceberg; therefore, it is vital to go after every single Islamic Institution liable for hate speech (oral and/or written) plus terror funding.
Politics: not an excuse for inaction
Politicians, concerned with votes from the ever increasing Muslim electorate, should have a conversation with Muslim leaders and communities to explain why certain operations must be undertaken: it is not an attack against Islam (although Islam needs to be confronted) but a war against Islamist ambitions and terror.
The Muslim citizens that rise against taking measures should be investigated for collaborating with the enemy; for the patriotic Muslim should support such actions as they ensure the security and freedom of himself and his family.
Half actions for political convenience & correctness are detrimental to the national security of our countries.