Arson jihad

As Australia reels from devastating brush fires–with the death toll going over 180–an Australian paper reports that Islamic terrorists are recognizing what an easy form of terrorism it would be to set fires. From Islam group urges forest fire jihad |

AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for “forest jihad” by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.

US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to “start forest fires”, claiming “scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands”.

The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye for an eye” doctrine.

The posting – which instructs jihadis to remember “forest jihad” in summer months – says fires cause economic damage and pollution, tie up security agencies and can take months to extinguish so that “this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time”.

Brushfires are a natural occurrence in Australia, but arson is suspected in at least some of the fires. Read this . At least two arsonists have been caught re-setting fires after they had been gotten under control. Those arsonists, one of whom is a teenager, do not seem to be jihadists.

How easy it is to wreak havoc! How vulnerable we are!

Son of Hamas leader converted to Christianity

In another unlikely-seeming example of God bringing someone to faith, Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of the radical Palestinian group Hamas, is now a Christian, having been converted in an Israeli jail. FOXNews reports:

Yousef said he was indoctrinated at an early age to use violence to challenge Israeli control in the region. As a teenager he moved up within the organization and became the leader of the radical Islamic Youth Movement that fought Israeli tanks and troops in the streets, celebrated suicide bombings and recruited young men to the cause.

Yousef, 30, said he realized the true nature of Hamas and radical Islam during a stint in an Israeli prison. He renounced his Muslim faith, left his family behind in Ramallah and converted to Christianity.

“Islam is not the word of God,” said Yousef. “If you want to be offended it’s your problem. But you know something? Go study. Think for a second that I might be right. So wake up, look at your path, see where you’re going. Are you really going to heaven with 72 virgins after you kill yourself and kill another 20 people?”

Yousef has sought asylum in the United States and now attends an evangelical Christian church in San Diego, Calif.

HT: The Daily Scroll

War in Gaza

Israel attacks the Gaza Strip , as Palestinians proclaim another intifada, one they vow will unleash “hell.” I understand that Israelis are fed up with Palestinians in Gaza shooting rockets at them from across the border. But choosing now to come down on the Palestinians does not help the United States. We finally have worked out a level of relative peace in Iraq, with progress on other fronts. We didn’t need Israel to stir up the Muslim world again. The timing also suggests that Israel is taking advantage of our leadership transition, striking hard one more time while President Bush is in office before the possibly more peaceful Barack Obama becomes president.

The West can’t defeat Jihadists with secularism

According to Elizabeth Scalia of the Anchoress blog, argues that Winning This War Requires Language of Faith:

It is with the language of faith that Islamic terrorism must be engaged and defeated, and therein lies the disconnect for the diplomatic West. Having reasoned itself out of faith, its incomplete arsenal is fit for battle, but not for victory. The West can speak only of borders, boundaries, markets, and measurement. Faith exists beyond boundaries and borders; it defies markets and measurement. The negotiables of the West are worldly and “the world” means nothing in the face of paradise. Islam, like all faith, is not of this world but of the world to come. Islam’s extremists, like all extremists, would like to speed their agenda along.

Jihad is not interested in acquiring land, or money, or even control, which faith understands to be illusory. What these extremists want is submission. To their book or to their sword.

We should consider that Islamic terrorism may not be defeatable, except on its own terms, on the battlefield of the supernatural.

To secularists and avowed agnostics who work to expunge all religious language from governments, that idea is anathema. I doubt it makes many Christians or Jews happy, either. But the war on terror is as much about ideas and ideals as about security and strategy. If one side’s ideas are mayhem in service to transcendence and the other side is thinking about meetings and signed papers, then secular Western diplomacy is boxing with one glove.

Silencing the language of faith in public discourse and policy weakens the West’s ability to engage and defeat an enemy entirely motivated by relentless theology. By failing to speak in the same language, it has no weapons for victory, short of destroying whole cities.

President-elect Barack Obama, with his Muslim roots and confessed Christianity, may be about to learn what President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair seemed always to have understood — that a vocabulary of faith must be deployable in the war on terror, or that war will never be won. Jihad does not care about the vaunted compassion, consensus-building, or tolerance of the West; it will use all of those things against the West, in pursuit of its very soul.

Radical, fundamentalist Islam “knows” it has God on its side. The West, like a leery coach unsure what to do with a controversial player, has put God on the sidelines during a most crucial playoff.

Terrorists are back

At least two Americans–from here in Virginia–are among the 145 people killed in India by terrorists. In the attacks, which began just after 9:00 p.m. local time (the day before Thanksgiving for us), dozens of young men strode through the city firing their automatic weapons at crowds and then rendezvoused at hotels at the local Jewish center, where they took hostages. They sought specifically Americans and Britons. Indian commandos are still battling the terrorists.

Americans were killed because of their country. Those Virginians did nothing to those terrorists. Just being an American is enough to get you killed these days. We mourn all those killed, most of whom were Indians. The war on terrorism must continue.

UPDATE: Now that the dust has cleared and order has been restored, it turns out that there were nine gunmen who killed 172 people, six of them Americans.

Mikaeel Jackson, Muslim convert

Michael Jackson ‘converts to Islam and changes name to Mikaeel’ :

The former Jackson 5 star was counselled by David Wharnsby, a Canadian songwriter, and Phillip Bubal, a producer, who have both converted.

A source said Jackson had appeared a “bit down” and added: “They began talking to him about their beliefs, and how they thought they had become better people after they converted. Michael soon began warming to the idea.

“An imam was summoned from the mosque and Michael went through the shahada, which is the Muslim declaration of belief.”

Last year his brother, Jermaine Friday, suggested Jackson would convert having taken an interest in Islam since Friday’s conversion in 1989.

“When I came back from Mecca I got him a lot of books and he asked me lots of things about my religion and I told him that it’s peaceful and beautiful,” said Friday.

Jackson was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. Notice how it isn’t just the eccentric pop star. We have a songwriter, a producer, and another singer. I’m telling you, Islam is going to be more and more in vogue. And, no, I don’t think it’s going to lessen the immorality in the entertainment industry. Legalism doesn’t lessen immorality.