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 | theage.com.au:
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!