American airstrikes aren’t stopping ISIL

A British newspaper reports that American efforts to stop ISIL are failing, as ISIL continues to win victory after victory against the Iraqi army and Kurdish rivals in Syria.  The airstrikes are just not working.  Even with American air support, the Iraqi army keeps running away.  Meanwhile, ISIL is gaining more and more territory and is getting stronger and stronger. [Read more...]

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner

Seventeen-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan won the Nobel Peace Prize.  When she was 15, she was shot in the head by the Taliban for saying that girls should be allowed to go to school.   She recovered and responded by launching a world-wide movement to promote educational rights for girls in Islamic countries.  She shares the price with Kailash Satyarthi, an activist from India, who also battles for the rights of children, particularly victims of sex trafficking. [Read more...]

The jihadists’ “Mein Kampf”

Foreign affairs columnist David Ignatius draws attention to a book published in 2004 that reads like a playbook of radical jihadists.  The Management of Savagery by Abu Bakr Naji calls for a strategy of drawing America into paralyzing wars and using shocking violence as a way to expose the weakness of the West and to bring Muslims into the cause. [Read more...]

ISIL-style beheadings come to America

A recent Muslim convert, angry because he had been fired, beheaded a 54-year-old woman and attacked another woman until a manager with a gun shot him (though not fatally).  The killer, Alton Nolen, had jihadist slogans and ISIL beheading videos on his FaceBook page.  The reason he was fired was reportedly because of an argument he started at work advocating the stoning of women.  (See this.)  This happened in my native state of Oklahoma in Moore, the tornado-afflicted suburb of Oklahoma City that I know well.

Note  my prediction.  Nolen is probably not formally affiliated with ISIL, but he shares that group’s jihadist ideology.  Authorities are classifying the beheading as “workplace violence.”  But isn’t it also terrorism, an extension of what ISIL is doing in Syria and Iraq? [Read more...]

Why Christians in Iraq won’t go back

There are more Biblical sites in Iraq than in any other nation other than Israel:  Eden (maybe), the Tigris & Euphrates rivers, Abraham’s home town of Ur, the city that Jonah evangelized Ninevah, Babylon, the place of the Hebrews’ exile.  And there have been Christians there since the days of the New Testament, with the Apostles Thomas and Thaddeus said to have evangelized the region.  The Assyrians have been Christian since the 1st century, the oldest continual Christian community in the world.

But the persecutions of Christians in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein–by Sunnis, Shi’ites, and now by ISIL–have been so horrible that Christians are leaving.  And they say they are not coming back.  After the jump, Human Rights Watch researcher Daniel Williams gives a chilling summary of what Iraqi Christians have been going through. [Read more...]

Australia thwarts ISIL beheading plot

Islamic State jihadists planned to kidnap two random people off the street in Australia and then behead them, showing the video online as a way to demonstrate their worldwide reach.  But Australian authorities discovered the plot, arresting 15 people in the country’s largest counterterrorism operation.

Do you doubt that ISIL (I’m just going to start calling them that) would like to do something similar in the United States?  I predict that instead of the large-scale mass killings favored by al-Qaeda, the new ISIL-flavored terrorism will aim at smaller-scale attacks that are easier to carry out but that still have a maximum horrific impact.  Think, beheadings. [Read more...]


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