Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dutch Intel: The Growth of Professional Jihadism

In 2010 the Dutch jihadist movement began a process of far-reaching change, when several jihadists were prevented from leaving the Netherlands to join fellow jihadists in Pakistan and Somalia. The networks had to improve their modus operandi, leading to a wholesale internal professionalization.
This conclusion and the recent case in Canada (source) questions the wisdom of preventing Jihadists from travelling to their place of deployment.  It was entirely predictable that this policy would produce unwanted effects.

Liberty, 10 Years After the Killing of Theo van Gogh

Ten years to the day after the slaughter of Theo van Gogh, let's look back and see where we stand. Those willing to face facts, see a frightening reality that is an existential threat to humanity and the entire civilization.

Painting by Philip Awuy: Pim Fortuyn, Theo van Gogh, Ayaan Hirsi Ali - H/t @PeterSiebelt

There is one important difference standing out between today and ten years ago. At the time many thought that Islam is a morally neutral movement, like say, liberalism or rock 'n roll. A cultural idea that free people are at liberty to practice if they so wish. It has taken some time to figure out, that an idea that is directly opposed to the Good, isn't a moral equal, but an enemy. Many have managed to make that cognitive step. But the genocides in Iraq and Syria, the enslavement of women and children, the crucifixions, the looting, the floggings and the stonings on a massive scale have not been able to penetrate the teflon layer that separates the evaders from reality, leaders like Barack Obama, that labor under the insane view that "Islam has nothing to do with Islamic State" and that "no religion condones terrorism". Read the ffing Koran, I say!