This is an extraordinary essay by Ari Bussel. I typically like to provide some kind of summary of a submitted essay, report or exposé. To do so here would turn into another essay.
I’ll try a few words though. Ari tackles Western political correctness in relation to being blind toward Islamic terrorism AND this blindness extends to Israel which tackles Islamic terrorism with a higher intensity than the West. The Western blindness tends to criticize Israel as the perpetrator and giving a pass to Palestinian Islamic terrorists due to the lie that Arab-Muslims are the true indigenous people of some mythical Palestine. A Palestine that really never existed until after WWI. A Palestine that the West viewed as much as a land of Jews as a land of Arabs (of which a majority of those Arabs immigrated to get jobs by repatriated Western Jews). Here’s as good an essay teaser as any:
A day will come when we all – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – see that there is no difference between Daesh, Muslim Brotherhood, Wahhabism and the Iranian Supreme Global Caliphate. They all want to establish the same rule where non-Muslims are subjugated to Muslims. –Ari Bussel
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Everything But Terrorism
By Ari Bussel
Sent: 6/12/2016 10:24 PM
Early Sunday morning in Los Angeles, the news broke about 20 dead in Orlando. Hours later it would turn out to be 50 dead in a gay club, perpetrator happens to have a Muslim name. Speculations range, “is it a hate crime?” Clearly it cannot be a “Terrorist attack;” this we know to be an absolute truth, and facts must not confuse us.
Since we are practically forbidden from using the word “Terrorism” in the same context as “Islam,” we normally revert to “workplace violence,” the term favored by US President Obama. To make the term more suitable to the location, let us replace it with “drinking-place violence” (those inside just happened not to be “straight,” thus the entire episode is more comprehensible, open to more suggestions) and continue with our daily lives.
President Obama believes that every act of terrorism, when the perpetrators shout “Allah u Akbar” (God is Great), is simply carried out by a deranged individual and there is no overlap between it and the great religion of peace spreading its tentacles, aiming to reach global domination.
Just days earlier, at the center of Tel Aviv, at a location somewhat like the Grove in Los Angeles, two cousins sat at a restaurant chain to drink coffee. Two attractive young men, they were very well dressed, some say “disguised,” indistinguishable from any other Israeli there.
“Drinking-place violence” happens everywhere it seems. Apparently the two cousins did not want to pay, for instead they took out guns and started shooting, murdering four, wounding six others.
Victims: Jewish/Israelis. Score (in casualties): 0:10. Real score (Islam: West): 1:0 (enemies of the West having the upper hand). But clearly this has nothing to do with the act. Or does it?
It will be later learned the two cousins planned something much bigger, the ten casualties being negligible in comparison to the actual forecast.
How are the two instances connected? They both happened during the holy-to-Muslims month of Ramadan. Also, they both targeted the most hated: Jews in Israel and gays in America.
In mosques the world over, including in Israel and the USA, Islamic clergies call to cleanse the world and promise 72 virgins in heaven to anyone bold enough to carry the act. In Gaza and Judea and Samaria, young Muslims are trained at summer camps how to bring death and mayhem (stubbing, using rifles, exploding themselves and other like heroic tasks).
In the internet, young Western disciples are recruited en masse. They go via Turkey to Syria and Iraq for training, and if they do not die there, they return to their home countries to carry out “courageous” acts against the Infidels (non-believers). During Ramadan, such acts get an extra significance of Jihad (holy-war), filled with utter and pure devotion, adorned with splashing red, hot human blood sacrifice.
In Iran gays are hung on trees or tall poles. In Gaza they are executed or thrown off rooftops. In the Palestinian Authority, children were brought to Arafat to fulfill his every craving and desire. Prohibited (like liquor), but consumed nonetheless.
Now, let us turn to the way the script is played. In Israel, Israelis gather around, burying the dead the same day or the next (Jews must bury their dead immediately), and as painful as it might be, normalcy is restored.
Many go out to the same restaurant, to show support, to show we are not afraid – that life must not be interrupted or corrupted by Muslim terrorists who are influenced by Daesh or Palestinian ideology.
The world immediately warns Israel to show restraint, not to over-react (any reaction by Israel other than licking its wounds and retracting out of sight is considered by the world an “over-reaction”). Moreover, when Israel decides that the extended family of the terrorists has forfeited its privileges to go to work in Israel, the world went berserk. How dares Israel? She must be (and thus is) immediately condemned for “collective punishment.” Plans are formulated to sue Israel in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
The privilege of being treated with respect and trust is not a right-by-virtue. Why would Israel allow those who plot to murder her citizens to come and work in Israel? It is clearly not an obligation; rather it – and participation in civilized society – must be earned.
Thus, Israel is hit by a terrorist attack, then the world stands around and spits at the wounded victim, kicks her, shouts vulgarities and threats, enjoying her misery, stubbing Israel again and again, exactly where it hurts.
For instance, France, itself the target of repeated “civilized” attacks and constant “discourse” with the Islamists and Daesh, is applying pressure on Israel to come to peace with her enemies – the brainwashed terrorists – by giving land and numerous other concessions. The French see it as a quest for peace. Israel knows it is a definite way to commit suicide.
The same should work very well if applied toward France: Just accept what the Islamists want – Sharia law in France; women covered from head to toe; women as second class citizens, whose husbands are allowed and taught how to maltreat them, use them as a punching bag and blame them for their own indiscretions; the utter elimination of Christ and Christianity and the obliteration of any history (from books to Churches, forts to museums, archeology to artwork).
To the world, there is no terrorism ever happening in Israel, for Jewish blood is of no consequence or concern. Whatever happens and however it happens, Israel is always found guilty in the court of international opinion.
The American Version
In the United States, there is a different script, yet no less familiar. Even before all the facts are known, CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations – calling itself “the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization” – immediately “condemned the deadly shooting spree at a nightclub that left at least 20 people dead.”
It has become a standard reaction to quickly “hold a news conference with leaders of the Muslim community and interfaith representatives to condemn the deadly shooting spree.” A Jewish Rabbi, Christian Father and other clergy people are kept on standby for that exact purpose.
In short, a photo-op and hollow lip service, even before all the facts are known. Facts that turn out to indicate with absolute certainty that the terrorism act was perpetrated in the name of Islam; but let us not be confused with facts.
So quick CAIR is at organizing these “We Condemn” conferences that something smells rotten. Why would CAIR be so quick to preempt, every time, and why is it that the perpetrators in these instances always turn out to be Muslim who invoked Allah’s name as they went on a murdering spree?
The “We Condemn” conferences are sprinkled-to-saturation with lots of “no one is listening to us” and “we do not get enough news coverage which we rightfully deserve” and mixed with pointing the finger at society at large: “We are unfairly and unjustly targeted because we are Muslim!” “Americans so easily hate us!” “So many people are Islamophobes!” And then the best follows with haste: “We must be protected! The Federal Government should immediately step up protection!”
While CAIR has become accustomed at immediately convening news conferences and pointing the finger at non-Muslims, the Administration usually waits a short while longer, say another twenty minutes to an hour, and then a grim face President Obama tells the nation that Muslims are persecuted, unjustly targeted and suffer immensely for no fault of their own.
The President warns, “let us not rush to judgment,” apologizes to the Muslims, defending their motives and blaming America and Americans. His other favorite excuse: “there are too many weapons,” leaving us thinking: “Maybe we should scrap the Second Amendment!” He is, before all, a legal expert, a professor of law and a self-proclaimed “Constitutional-law professor.”
Following Obama’s logic, the perpetrators become the victims, and the victims soon will have a known complex (Stockholm Syndrome) of identifying with the terrorists, justifying their actions, understanding their motives, feeling sorry for them; blaming ourselves for what we have just endured.
How Can We Tell?
The two back-to-back incidents highlight a growing threat to the Western World: homegrown terrorism.
In Israel, due to the “popular so-called ‘non-violent’ uprising” of those determined to destroy Israel, Israelis are now accustomed to extra security: Entering a bank, restaurant, night club, major shopping center or university necessitates going through security (likely better than our own TSA at the airports, shown time and again to be less than effective).
For the past nine months, the Israeli laboratory has been trying to comprehend and offer solutions to a new phenomenon: The so-called “individualist-terrorist.” A 14 year old. A 21 year old. Male. Female. Children on a mission. Two cousins like last week’s terror attack. All supposedly unrelated, uncoordinated and seemingly justified as a no-other-choice-reaction to great grievances.
Except there is a very clear common denominator: All perpetrated by Muslims who have been brainwashed that murdering Jews would warrant their afterlife in heaven with 72 virgins. Promised an eternal glory for them and their families. Taught at summer camps, soccer fields and classrooms this is the way to go, a life worth living. A small sacrifice relative to the immense injustice done to their “people.”
Israel still has not formulated the manner by which to respond to this terrorism. The solution stares in Israel’s face, yet she refuses to take the necessary steps. Perpetrators are not the victims, and terrorism in not a “non-violent uprising.” Even in the US of A, we understand the difference between “free speech” and “hate speech” and have laws in place designed to protect us against the latter.
When Muslim leaders in Israel call to “quench the land’s thirst with Jewish blood,” they must be silenced. Free speech that has long turned into hate speech, yet is allowed from the loudspeakers of mosques (including Al Aqsa in Al Quds – i.e. from the top of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Israel), from the podium of the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament), via official radio, TV, internet and print journalism, must be stopped.
For Israel to regain its calm and her enemies their human sanity, the hate fire must be put out. Until it is done, the “Intifada by Individuals” (“Blood Symphony”) will continue unabated. 12 year olds will use knives to stab 80 year old women or kids their own age, Israel will be blamed and the so-called “Palestinians” will glorify these acts of madness and cowardliness as “Holy Jihad!”
Outside the Laboratory
Outside of Israel, the problem is two-fold: First, there is no security other than at the airports. Profiling is prohibited. Terminology is convoluted not to offend the touchy souls of Muslims. We are simply not used to face constant terrorism or set up to fight it.
Second, the terrorists are more and more of the “homegrown” type. They look like any other person, speak without any accent, travel freely, claim rights they do not deserve and go out on the attack.
So were the doctors in Glasgow. Belgian, French, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch, German and so many others. Homegrown Muslim Terrorists. Even in Israel, the two terrorists were not only dressed up nicely – they looked like two attractive young men in their early 20s, not much different than any other Middle-Eastern Israeli!
Israel is the laboratory where everything is being tried and experimented. From Israel, it is then exported the world over, and the world awaits Israel’s solutions and medicine to stop the spread.
CAIR and MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council), so quick to proclaim Islamic terrorism having nothing to do with Islam, are mysteriously silent in condemning and as usual very quick at pointing a blaming hand when it comes to terrorism against Israel. This was the case, for instance, when MPAC’s president Salam Al-Marayati, spoke earlier this year in Los Angeles about “the struggle against global terrorism,” “from San Bernardino to Brussels, Israel excluded.”
Like CAIR and MPAC, during the Second Intifada, Muslim clergy in the West and throughout the Arab world said not a word about the constant terrorist attacks in Israel. Until the same “homicide bombing” (strapping oneself with explosives mixed with bolts, tainted blood, etc., and exploding in the midst of people while shouting in deepest reverence: “Allah u Akbar!”) was carried out in Jordan at a wedding. Then the entire Islamic clergy woke up to speak against it.
How capable are the Muslim loudmouths, how sleek and appeasing? They are “against Terrorism,” but “terrorism” against Jews is not “Terrorism!” Alas, what is good in a Jewish wedding is equally as effective in a Muslim wedding. After all, the Jewish forefathers are still believed to be Muslim prophets.
In a Minefield
This, indeed, brings us to the true essence of fighting terrorism. Often, one is warned not to write about Muslims and Islam. I am often told, as if I do not know: “You cannot – must not – generalize.” “There are many good Muslims.” “You have Muslim friends who are good people!”
Beyond just “political correctness,” there is the issue of danger. Write, draw a lame cartoon or talk about Islam in a manner not acceptable to Muslims, and you bring great danger to your life.
Non-Muslims, as a general rule, are not allowed to talk about Islam other than with the utmost reverence. Anything short of that is blasphemy and is punishable by death. There are some very famous examples, from the Danish Cartoons to Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Salman Rushdie, Theo van Gogh, Geert Wilders, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Meir Kahane, Rehavam Ze’evi.
And in between political correctness and beheading or death-by-some-other-gruesome-manner, there is being called “Islamophobe,” “Extremist” and other such pearls of modern-day-wisdom.
Thus we return to the back-to-back terrorist attacks in Israel and the USA. Both perpetrated by Muslims. In both instances, the perpetrators subscribe to an Islamic-Global-Caliphate ideology – a geopolitical movement on the rise, not a religion, or maybe a death-cult masquerading as a religion.
If Israel and the USA try to find internal blame, the terror has succeeded twice: Once for planting fear in our minds and daily lives, bringing them to a stop. And again for shaping our future behavior, conditioning us to accept Islam as being superior and untouchable and to fear being critical as we are with any other religion.
Fear is highly contagious. For those not understanding its grip, try to answer how is Daesh so successful controlling vast populations of people. Look at the Yazikis, the Iraqis, Egyptians, Iranians and Gazans. Fear’s hold is gripping-to-stand still, it freezes the person, preventing any action.
A day will come when Muslims in droves will stand and speak out. They will be silent no more. They will do so equally whether the victims are Jewish, gay, American, Saudi or Jordanian.
The day is still far, far away, for at present, nothing that happens to Jews in Israel, France, South America or elsewhere in the world amounts to “terrorism,” and so none of these attacks is ever included in the long list of terrorist attacks – from the UK to France to Spain, Malaysia and Indonesia and onward around the world – all in the name of “Allah u Akbar.”
A day will come when those speaking for American Muslims will stop blaming everyone else and treating themselves as victims. They do not cooperate when the authorities come to investigate. Quite on the contrary, they have lawyers ready to sue for “violations of their civil rights.” Buy they tell us they will freely report any “odd behavior” that leads to terrorism.
They constantly cry foul to the Administration and demand that doctors and others on “humanitarian” missions via Turkey to Syria and beyond not be stopped or questioned. (Daesh is quite “humanitarian,” when burning live people, executing, raping or mutilating and definitely when selling children and women for slavery.)
A day will come when we all – Muslims and non-Muslims alike – see that there is no difference between Daesh, Muslim Brotherhood, Wahhabism and the Iranian Supreme Global Caliphate. They all want to establish the same rule where non-Muslims are subjugated to Muslims.
Rise, my Muslim friends, rise and take action. Speaking out selectively radiates insincerity. For terrorism is one and the same, whether applied toward a Jew, a Christian, a Muslim or any other person. Rise and be true to your words, so that we can start believing what you say. Overlapping faith and action will offer you protection as well, for else, you may find yourselves in Pastor Martin Niemöller’s poem – dead too.
Why should Muslims care? Because if they do not subscribe the particular version that sees itself superior and happens to be most gruesome, thus having the upper hand, they will find their fate is the same as that of the “Pigs and Apes” (Jews and Christians and all other non-believers) “People of the Book.”
Hamas, for instance, that exists to bring about the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel (as is prominently featured in its Charter and daily actions) has agreed for a temporary cessation of hostilities due to the real threat of Daesh. (Apparently Israel has some uses after all.)
For those that supreme ideologies and races sound familiar, there is a reason. All that is necessary is to look at our history books at what happened some 75 years ago. And for those who are skeptical at the comparison, be assured that in addition to six million Jews who were methodologically exterminated (including more than a million children), there were many other non-desirables (gays, gypsies, political opponents and tens of millions others who did not subscribe to the Arian race, the Japanese superiority, etc.).
And a day will come when common sense will return to govern. Muslims will be treated with respect rather than suspicion, like any other minority, because they deserve it, because they had removed the cancer from within. And respect and trust will have to be earned, not demanded and taken at will.
Until such time, we had another work-place violence. The perpetrator’s Muslim name has nothing to do with the act of crime. Muslims must be protected, for they are just the victims. We are all at fault, for we hate Muslims with a vengeance. And in condemning what took place, we must equate it with everything else that takes place around the world (first and foremost: Israel is guilty!).
People are murdered, and life goes on. Paris. Tel Aviv. Orlando. It will continue until Israel finds a cure. Then a new cycle-of-violence will be unleashed, more horrible than before.
At least we can rest assured that the world’s laboratory is hard at work, never sleeping nor slumbering. Israel is the guard on the walls protecting the world, although at the moment, these walls seem to be ready to fall down.
Ari Bussel wrote for Muslim World Today, during the life of the publication, and served as the paper’s foreign correspondent in Israel.
© Israel Monitor, June, 2016
First Published June 12, 2016