From The Gathering Storm Blog

You would think that the tactics of the militant jihadists and those of political Islam would be at odds with other and work at cross purposes. Both seek to re-establish the Caliphate and impose Islam upon the world. Both believe in the same ideology of Islamism.

The militant jihadists use terrorism to reach their goal while the fundamentalist Muslims use political Islam. The tactics of political Islam is a slow patient process where they work to slowly Islamatize both Muslim and non-Muslim societies while militant jihad seeks to overthrow those societies through terrorism and impose Islam directly.

You would think that the violent tactics of the jihadists would undercut the process of political Islam making targeted societies more defensive and less likely to submit to Islamism. But that may not be entirely true.

This about this. The Jihadists, like al-Qaeda, are trying to start a holy war between Islam and the West. They preach that the free democracies are at war with Islam itself and seek to destroy it. But to create that dream of a global holy war, the Jihadists need the active support of the 1.2 billion Muslims through the world. But it will take more than the war in Iraq and in Afghanistan, more than successful terrorist attacks, more than fringe hate elements on the right to awaken the ummah to the manufactured threat of a holy war by the Jihadists.

The 1.2 billion worldwide Muslims need to see their religion, in no uncertain terms, under attack by the free democracies. For that, the Jihadists need to create events so monstrous that the population of a non-Muslim country (read the USA) will respond by attacking and/or persecuting any and all Muslims and their organizations and mosques in their midst or, if through a massive WMD attack, respond with a nuclear attack on a Muslim country.

This type of uncontrollable anger from non-Muslims is what the militant Jihadists are striving for – especially in the USA. They know we can not be defeated militarily unless the entire Muslim world will unite as one force using modern day weapons to die for the glory of Allah.

It’s a sick dream but one that the Jihadists have confirmed time and time again.

So what kind of monstrous attack would kindle un-bridled anger against Muslims in the USA? Sure, a WMD attack killing tens of thousands of Americans. But though they are human beings, they are still numbers dying from one enormous cause like 9/11. So what kind of hideous attack or multiple attacks would create a primeval rage in America – one that would push Americans not just over the edge – but beyond into an abysses of uncontrollable revenge?

One word. Beslin. From the Mirror.

The full horror of the Russian school atrocity began to emerge yesterday as traumatised children told horrific tales of stabbed babies and brutal rapes.

It has also emerged that scores of the 323 who died – including many children – had been shot in the back. While despairing soldiers and rescue workers moved among the growing pile of body bags, it was revealed that an 18-month-old baby had been repeatedly stabbed by a black-clad terrorist who had run out of ammunition.

Other survivors told how screaming teenage girls were dragged into rooms adjoining the gymnasium where they were being held and raped by their Chechen captors who chillingly made a video film of their appalling exploits. They said children were forced to drink their own urine and eat the petals off the flowers they had brought their teachers after nearly three days without food or water in the stifling hot gym.

A Russian official said six seriously injured children had been taken to Moscow for treatment.

“One of them is a child, just 18 months old, with many knife wounds,” he said.

Why schools? Two reasons:

1. Our values. “The most sacred thing to us is our children, our babies,” Rassa said. Killing hundreds of them at a time would significantly “boost Islamic morale and lower that of the enemy” (us). In Grossman’s words, terrorists see this effort as “an attempt to defile our nation” by leaving it “stunned to its soul.”

2. Our lack of preparation. Police agencies “aren’t used to this,” Rassa said. “We deal with acts of a criminal nature. This is an act of war,” but because of our laws “we can’t depend on the military to help us,” at least at the outset.

Indeed, Grossman claimed, “the U.S. in the one nation in the world where the military is not the first line of defense against domestic terrorist attacks. By law, you the police officer are our Delta Force. It is your job to go in, while in most other nations cops will wait for the military to come save their kids.”

School personnel, Rassa said, “are not even close” to being either mentally or physically prepared. “Most don’t even have response plans for handling a single active shooter. Their world is taught to nurture and care for people. They don’t want to deal with this.”

The American public, “sticking their heads in the sand, can’t be mentally prepared,” he said. “They’re going to freak when it happens,” their stubborn denial making the crisis “all the more shocking.”

Noting that “sheep have two speeds: ‘graze’ and ‘stampede,'” Grossman predicted that “not a parent in the nation will send their kids to school the next day”-perhaps for many days-after a large-scale terrorist massacre. If day-care centers-“also on the terrorists’ list”-are hit as well, “parents will drop out of the work force” en masse to protect their children and “our economy will be devastated.”

Rassa played vivid videotapes confiscated in Afghanistan, showing al-Qaeda terrorists practicing the takeover of a school. The trainees issue commands in English, rehearse separating youngsters into manageable groups and meeting any resistance with violence. Some “hostages” are taken to the rooftop, dangled over the edge, then “shot.”

“Any place that has given [Islamic terrorists] trouble, they’ve come after the kids,” Grossman said …..He cited instances in Indonesia where girls on their way to school have been beheaded and in other countries where children have been shot, mutilated, raped or burned alive.

What would be the likely attack?

Terrorist cells of four operatives each might strike simultaneously at four different schools. They may pick elementary schools, or middle schools with no police officers on site, where the girls are “old enough to rape” but students are not big enough to fight back effectively.

The targets may be in states “with no concealed-carry laws and no hunting culture” and in communities where “police do not have rifles.” Rural areas could be favored, where 30 minutes or more might be required for responders to arrive in force.

The attackers will probably “mow down every kid and teacher they see” as they move in to seize the school. They may plant bombs throughout the buildings, and “rape, murder and throw out bodies like they did in Russia.” Emergency vehicles responding and children fleeing will be blown up by car bombs in the parking lot.

In all, 100 to 300 children could be slaughtered in a first strike.

But there are even worse scenarios. One worst of all, one that will strike terror into America more than any WMD is the Perfect Day Scenario.

An al-Qaida training videotape, captured in Afghanistan, shows Osama bin Laden’s terrorists are not only planning attacks with weapons of mass destruction but are preparing to kill Americans with drive-by shootings and home break-ins, through ambushes of law-enforcement officers and targeted assassinations on golf courses, WorldNetDaily has learned.

The videotape was produced, U.S. analysts believe, for al-Qaida’s internal use and did not appear to be an external propaganda device.

“None of these training scenarios depicts the type of fighting that al-Qaida engages in within Afghanistan,” noted John Holschen of Insights Training Center, who produced a report on the tape for military and law enforcement officials.

The training video shows al-Qaida operatives practicing the following kinds of assaults:

* using pickup trucks with shooters concealed in the bed of the trucks;

* using motorcycles as a shooting platform for drive-bys and assassinations;

* execution of prisoners;

* ambushes of law-enforcement officers;

* residential assassinations;

* assassination on a golf course using a rocket-propelled grenade and rifle fire;

* drive-up kidnapping of target walking on a street;

* use of tunnels, storm drains and sewers for infiltration during urban raids;

* rappelling from rooftops of buildings to make entry on upper floors;

* use of motorcycles for grenade attacks; and

* raids on buildings with large numbers of occupants – perhaps schools or office buildings.

Analysts point out that all scenarios involving prisoners and hostages ended in execution. None included plans for negotiated settlements for escape by terrorists.

“They plan to kill the prisoners and die in place,” wrote Holschen.

How would our leadership respond to such butchery? More important, how would the average American respond to the violation of our most precious resource – our children. Our leadership will of course call for restraint. But this time around, it won’t wash. Demands will be made and if the leadership will not respond – they will be replaced with those that will take action.

The action that the Jihadists will gleefully welcome.

So what do we do? When the next big attack comes and it takes the form of The Perfect Day, it will be too late. If our response is uncontrolled and indiscriminate revenge, we would have given the Jihadists the weapon they need to recruit the ummah to holy war. By that time we will have a global wide conflagration that will make World War II look like a garden party.

The time is now to educate the free world about the enemy we face. And time is running short. If our leadership would face up the threat and name it for what it is and take proper action now, we may be able to prevent The Perfect Day or at least mediate some of its more brutal responses. To do that the enemy ideology must be named and HOW it is being spread politically in the non-Muslim and Muslim world.

How?

With a speech that includes this from our political leadership.

My Fellow Americans:

Our war against the ideology of Islamism begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every Islamist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. Both overseas and this country as well.

As before 1941, we have underestimated the power of a fascist ideology. Though many commentators have written about the history of Islamism – and it does have a history – we have ignored the warning signs at our peril. The ideology of Islamism stems from a resurgence of a radical interpretation of Islam advanced by an organization called the Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1900s. Its motto is telling: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.” In an interview to the London based Asharq Al-Awsat, an international Arab newspaper on December 11, 2005, the current leader of the international Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Mahdi Akef stated that “the Muslim Brotherhood is a global movement whose members cooperate with each other throughout the world, based on the same religious worldview – the spread of Islam, until it rules the world.”

The Muslim Brotherhood’s political agenda to impose a radical form of Islam – Islamism – on the world have influenced the terrorist leaders we see today. Examples are Osama bin Laden and his second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Islamists want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa. The violent adherents of Islamism kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way.

But Islamism has its non-violent side, too. They are waging a form of jihad on the free world that is more insidious than the out fright tactics of their terrorists. The non-violent jihads seek to intimidate, infiltrate and misinform us in an attempt to soften us up, so to speak, by confusing our response to their overall aggressive agenda of domination by their Islamist ideology. These jihads must be identified and countered in our freedom loving and pluralistic society for they, though not I themselves violent, have the same objective as the overall Islamist ideology –the imposition of Shariah law upon non-Muslim and moderate Muslim nations.

Americans are asking: How will we fight and win this war? We will direct every resource at our command — every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war — to the disruption and to the defeat of this ideology. That includes the defense of our American culture against the attempts at imposing Shariah law in this country.

We are a country of laws. Laws founded on Judeo-Christian principle, delineated and refined in the name of freedom over two thousand years. No one person, no one organization, or no one religion is above these laws and they will be defended aggressively if violently attacked like on 9-11 or through the intimidation or infiltration of an ideology that seeks to remove our hard won personal freedoms.

Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Every person, organization and institution has a decision to make.

Either you are with us, or you are with the Islamists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support Islamism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile and threat to America’s security.

Thank you.

If we don’t hear something like this soon, we will hand the Jihadists The Perfect Day they seek to turn their monstrous and barbaric ideology into a holy war that will kill hundreds of millions of Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The clock is ticking.

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