Islamic Terrorism: How I Plan To Counter It

Islamic Terrorism: How I Plan To Counter It February 16, 2017

Contrary to popular criticism, liberals are not fans of terrorism. No one wants terrorism! (Except the terrorists themselves, of course). It’s not like liberals are going to forgive and forget the murder of innocent people. We’re not saying to coddle terrorists, you know? We just try not to lump innocent people in with the terrorists.

I can’t imagine how frustrating and upsetting it would be if Hinduism, the religion that I love and the only thing that makes any sense to me, had famous groups using its philosophies to create terror for others. If I try I can sympathize with Muslims who are mystified by how their beloved religion is being used this way.

So even though I’m a liberal and, sure, a damn snowflake, I am furious about radical Islam and Islamic terrorism. I’m not a big fan of normal regular Islam either, to be honest. Same as with Christianity, I hate religions that teach that they are the one right way and only they are right. That massively pisses me off. And it makes me feel threatened because they would like to spread their religion and get rid of mine.

Anyway, I’m veering off topic.

I’ve been watching some movies and doing reading about the people, particularly in the west, who become radicalized by extremist views of Islam. It’s…discouraging. I’m starting to understand where the appeal is for some people but I don’t know how to combat it.

Strangely, conversions to Islam swell after terrorist attacks like 9/11. People who may have never heard of it get curious, look into it, and become convinced that it has the answers they are missing. Maybe they just want something different. Maybe they want a religion that is happy to tell them exactly what to think and what to do in every situation. “But few of these women were willing to engage thoughtfully with a variety of Islamic religious texts, traditions and interpretations. They hated disorder and ambiguity; the clear-cut doctrines issued by jihadist ideologues appealed to their political sensibilities. Opposing the west was their measure of religious authenticity.”

There’s a lot of teenagers that are drawn to radical Islam. I think it makes them feel special and important. Like they are seeing the “truth” while the rest of us poor saps are stuck in a boring world. In one article that showed some of the social media postings of young women in ISIS the girls spoke derisively of other girls their age who just care about boys and makeup. They feel they have something much more important to do.

A look at her blog's archive reveals her intense interest in Islam and apparent desire to become a jihadi. It also shows communications with other like-minded women, such as the one below, which was posted before Mahmood left her home in November 2013.

A particularly disturbing trend is the young women who are drawn to Isis and run away from home to sneak into Syria. Some of them come from Muslim homes in the west (some of them had parents who had run away from extremism and are stunned when their children are drawn into it) and some of them are white.

I suspect that the zeal of the new convert plays into the terrorist’s hands. We know that new converts to any religion tend to get very excited and dive into the strictest and most intense forms of the religion they can.

“But while women have always been valuable targets to terrorist groups, ISIS is now pursuing a chilling new strategy: recruiting teenage girls online.” –

The trouble with combating this is that Islamic terrorism groups seem to thrive on criticism. The more normal people hand wring about innocent people dying, the more these Isis supporters crow with delight. They love to feel like they are really affecting us. It makes them feel powerful.

The ISIS recruiters on social media brag about how many times they have been shut down. Each time gives them more street cred.

Part of the narrative that draws people to radical Islam is a persecution complex. When you try to fight against Islamic terrorism, they interpret that as an attack on God. “You just don’t understand” is their mantra. They feel they have a special in with God, a special understanding. The more we fight against it, the more they feel special and connected to God. Airstrikes and attacks from western governments just support this idea. They behave as though they are just defending themselves and defending God. This is how in the show Homeland a U.S. soldier is recruited to Islamic extremism.

“Conley had recently converted to Islam after researching the religion online, and felt strongly about righting the global wrongs against Muslims.” –

Umm Kulthum was fixated on stories of Muslim oppression. Her social media accounts were a montage of Muslim suffering – Syrian children killed by Bashar al-Assad; Palestinian youths burned alive by Israelis. For Umm Kulthum, this justified almost any brutality in return. She felt all Muslims had a duty to “protect their siblings in Islam”; she was convinced that only violent jihadists took this seriously. “Jihad is our right even as just human beings, not Muslims,” she said once. “Do we not have the right to defend ourselves?” –

[It seems rather ironic that they rail against democracy as a false God, yet it is only with democracy that they have the freedom to say the things they say. Under Sharia law you’ll be policed a lot harder than in the U.K.!]

These young recruits feel like they are doing something important. They get a community and a sense of purpose. In a world that has many disappointments, this is like a drug. When you find dissatisfaction with the rat race, this is an attractive message that there is something grander for you. They are on the front lines of this glorious war for the fate of the world. It’s very exciting and feels meaningful and important.

“The moment you indicate any sort of interest in ISIS or ask any questions about it on a social platform, you get 500 new followers on Twitter, you get 500 friends on Facebook, you start getting emails and messages constantly—it’s a kind of love bombing,” explains Mia Bloom, Georgia State University professor and author of Bombshell: Women and Terrorism, of the remarkably systematic way the process works. “All of a sudden, you feel really popular, important, and significant because of this flood of attention. And it all wraps up in the same ideology they message over and over: ISIS can give you something emotionally and psychologically that you will not have unless you come to the Islamic State.” -

Men are sold the idea of being brave and fighting against oppression and those who stand against their God (or who they are told stand against their God). Women are sold the idea of supporting and loving those brave, exciting soldiers who will risk everything for God. That’s a tough narrative to counteract.

“The general picture provided by foreign fighters of their lives in Syria suggests camaraderie, good morale and purposeful activity, all mixed in with a sense of understated heroism, designed to attract their friends as well as to boost their own self-esteem,” counterterrorism expert Richard Barrett wrote last year in a report called “Foreign fighters in Syria.” –

The truth is, it is the weakest people who are targeted. In watching the documentary My Son The Jihadi, one point that really stuck out to me was someone saying that it would take a lot of strength to break away from the brainwashing but that’s just the trouble, these are not strong people. Terrorist groups target people who will be followers, who don’t have a lot of inner strength, who need someone to tell them what to do.

That’s not what they want to hear. I suspect that part of the key to stopping these people is going to involve showing their weaknesses, laughing at them, not taking them seriously. Like BBC’s comedy sketch The Real Housewives of ISIS. Their power is in the romanticizing of violence and devotion. Expose their absurdity and it undercuts that message. On the other hand they do lash out when they feel ridiculed so maybe that’s not the best approach.

Once these children do run away and make it to ISIS-controlled Syria, they find the reality is not what they were sold. Far from a paradise, it is a brutal and terrifying world. When they try to get away, they are beaten to death.

According to a recent New York Times report, rape is rampant among ISIS fighters. To ensure that the women, usually of the Yazidi religious minority, don’t become pregnant, the men force them to take birth control. Raping a pregnant slave isn’t allowed, according to an interpretation of Islamic law reportedly cited by ISIS.

The enslavement doesn’t end there. Most women can’t leave their homes without an escort in ISIS-controlled territory. Experts say Western women aren’t explicitly banned from walking around, particularly with other Westerners, but, just like everyone else, they’ll be witness to the brutal violence in the public squares.

“They take people to the square and they behead them and they require people walking around to come and watch it,” says Speckhard, who has interviewed dozens of ISIS defectors. “It’s impossible to miss the brutality.”


If her husband died fighting, Conley would be moved to a dormitory called a maqar with other unmarried women and then swiftly married off to another fighter—with or without her consent. While many interpretations of Islam dictate that a woman not marry until four months and 10 days after her husband’s death, ISIS often cuts that period short, choosing another groom for the widow as quickly as possible.

If Conley decided the caliphate wasn’t what she expected and wanted to return to her family back in Colorado, she’d find herself trapped. The free will with which Western women join ISIS is stripped the moment they sign up. -

Unfortunately these extremists are hijacking Islam, claiming that they speak for Allah and that Muslims that don’t support terrorism are not true believers. It makes it very hard to trust any Muslim. And that’s very sad. But knowing that one of these extremists is a bus driver in London just makes you wonder every time you see a Muslim whether they are on the side of ISIS or against it.

It’s clear that ISIS is bending Islam to what they want, though. We already saw the example of widows being married off quickly after their husbands die instead of waiting the prescribed time. Here is another example: ““Creep out,” she told me. “If u can take out a student loan pls do so.” What about our religious duty to repay loans? “No,” she said, without missing a beat. “The kuffar [non-Muslim] wealth is halāl [permitted] for us.”” –

Some people have said we should ban Islam. I am 100% certain that will not work or help. That kind of action will fuel the persecution narrative of the terrorists and will probably make more Muslims turn to extremism because they will be right about being persecuted! We do not want to drive Islam under ground. Banning things does not stop them, but just makes them harder to find. They grow stronger and stronger in the dark.

We can be better than the terrorists. We can be a shelter of kindness that people disillusioned with calls to violence will turn to. Let’s laugh at terrorism and demonstrate a life so filled with joy and brightness that Islamic Terrorism has no leg left to stand on. Let’s show the world that there are other options. There are other paths to God, joy, satisfaction, and inner peace.

I actually think that the best counter to Islamic terrorism is to befriend Muslims. To legitimately care about them, help them, love them, and let them feel secure and safe. That treatment will undercut the persuasive story ISIS puts out about non-Muslims being enemies who don’t care about Muslims and will hurt them when they can. If we don’t hurt them, they can’t say that they are just defending themselves.

The terrorists are counting on us following a certain script and I think the way to counter them is to not play into their hands. We don’t have to fall into the cliche of Hindus hating Muslims and Muslims hating Hindus. I can be strong in my Hindu faith and still extend kindness and friendship to Muslims. I believe that will prevent them from potentially becoming radicalized and take the teeth out of those who already are.


There’s a rabbit hole you can fall into learning about this stuff. One article and movie leading to the next. It’s utterly fascinating and horrifying…



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  • Seeker

    Very good article. Took a lot of time and research. Thanks for bringing so much light to this critical situation.

    • Ambaa

      Thank you. I appreciate the support! 🙂

  • Here’s another rabbit hole to jump down, in five parts.

    Part I

    Islam is really a military-based, pan-Arabic nationalist conquest political movement disguised as a religion, a cult even, and it must be handled as such. A part of Western Universalism says that “all religions are the same.” Islam is NOT a religion of peace. EDUCATE yourselves!

    Please read:

    Understanding Muhammad

    Unmasking Muhammad

    Why I am Not a Muslim

    Narcissistic and Psychopathic Leaders

    Debunking the Myth of Science in the Quran

    Islam Undressed
    Appendixes A-C are located here for this book:

    Probing Islam

    Islam, The Arab Imperialism

    • Ambaa

      Even if I agreed that Islam was a cult, I don’t see that your ideas are effective at taking down a cult. Again, they thrive on us against them, on being looked down on.

  • Part II

    “Understanding Muhammad,” Unmasking Muhammad,” “Why I am Not a Muslim” are books that focus mainly on the psychology and disabilities of Muhammad as a leader for a cult, and why this is a cult situation. Two of these books are written by ex-Muslims.

    “Narcissistic and Psychopathic Leaders” goes deeper into the layman’s understanding of what narcissism is from the perspective of DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 5), and HINDUS, this book lists Donald Trump as one of these patients…

    The “Debunking…” book is self-explanatory.

    “Islam Undressed” doesn’t get into Muhammad like the first four books, but focuses mainly on external events like invasions, crimes, societal actions, jihad, AND the Qur’an, ahadith, and sirah references to back it up (however, the links embedded in the book appendixes A-C do not work, so you have to look for them in, which is EXTENSIVE.

    “Probing Islam” is basically a debate between Ali Sina, a former Muslim, and two Islamic scholars in Pakistan. Also, you are given an insight into an educated moderate Muslim’s views, which will show you how moderate Muslims regard jihad and how they think the non-Muslims should be treated. Please understand that the Islamic scholars could not address the author’s questions and in fact had the author’s web site blocked out in Pakistan and wouldn’t publish their letters on their web site.

    “Islam, The Arab Imperialism” goes into the basics of what Muslims are supposed to believe, how they see themselves in relation to God, other Muslims (especially NON-ARABIC MUSLIMS), and non-Muslims (especially “infidel nations”). Especially important is the understanding of Islam as a military-based pan-Arabic nationalist conquest political movement disguised as a religion using ethnic cleansing as one of its tools to establish dominance in a region it invades. It goes into the doctrine of prophethood and how it is used in various ways, as a form of deception, brainwashing, enticement of new followers through Paradise and fear, etc. It examines several prophets from Biblical times to show that although they were merely humans and replete with many failings, they were made divine by their followers anyway. However, the author does not really understand Indian philosophy when he accuses the Indians of having originated the concept of the Urge of Dominance. This is very short-sighted since there is very little, if anything, in common between Abrahamic religions and Indic systems of knowledge. Nonetheless, the book adds a twist on Muhammad that I have not seen in other books, that of recognizing Muhammad as a politician and as an imperialist. “It goes without saying that prophethood has nothing to do with spirituality and religion. It is a complex, compulsive and cunning political doctrine of the Middle East, which treats God as the biggest pawn in the political game to realise the personal and national ambitions of the man, who claims to be the Prophet.”

  • Part III

    Now, there is a series of “Black Flag” books as as listed below. It appears that these books are written by Muslims. It is important to read them to get a Muslim’s perspective on the conflicts and where they think they are going.

    Black Flags From the East

    Black Flags From Syria

    Black Flags from Arabia

    Black Flags from Persia

    Black Flags from Rome

    Black Flags from Palestine

    When reading the Black Flag books, please keep in the mind the absence of discussion of social mores as discussed in the first six books listed, and notice how normal it seems to not address the issues addressed in the previously-mentioned books. These Black Flags books are based on knowledge as is perceived by Muslims, so you have to take some things with a grain of salt, like Muhammad was revealed in the Syria book to have discussed future technology like cars, and future predictions of Islamic events to come to pass as “prophesied.” You can sense cultish thinking that seems out of line with reality, such as Israel being superior financially and militarily to the US, that they can defeat superior armies like the US and Russia, etc. Another aspect is lying to conceal plans that have not be revealed thus, and may in fact not be true. Europe, nonetheless, must be ready for anything.

  • Part IV

    Black Flags From the East discusses what has happened in recent history from the 1980s, who the major players are (key leaders and organizations), the breadth of world-wide organizations serving as sleeper cells and active units around the world, and where it thinks Muslim conquest of the world is going. It shows in a map that the Muslim population of over 50% is more than the size of the Americas combined. Also, it shows how Al-Qa’idah formed from a few Arab-Afghans into a global insurgency who aims to establish a Global Islamic Caliphate by the year 2020. Supposedly, we have a foothold situation in Dearborn, Michigan; Sweeney, Texas, and possibly 20 other locations around the United States.

    Black Flags from Syria focuses mainly on Syria with additional information from movements, battles, and consolidations related to Syria, though outside of the country. Guerrilla warfare is briefly discussed, especially in countries like Iraq, where there are a lot more cities, and battles can be drawn out into street-by-street fighting. A brief background is given on the war in Iraq (2003-2011) and the lessons the Muslims supposedly learned from it, giving way to the focus of this book, Syria. It covers the rise of ISIS, and Al Qa’idah’s 7-step Strategy for a Global Caliphate by 2020. Some of these steps have already taken place. Are you ready for this in a few short years? More detail is given for how step seven is likely to happen, which is the global war between Muslims and Christians (and anyone else who fights against Muslims). It briefly touches on Israel as its enemy and its defeat with a very large army. Further discussion on ancillary ideas and tactics is discussed, especially what goes on inside Al Qa’idah. Ultimately, the book makes it clear that the only way to stop this is to have full-scale war or nuclear war, the latter being most cost- and time-efficient (put bluntly, the number of people in the Middle East sympathetic to the Muslim Caliphate cause is larger that the largest 3 or 4 armies put together, and by the time it’s over, every single person on Earth will know at least 2-5 people dead from this full-scale conventional war). If you recall from the first 5 books listed above, there is normally no mental return for Muslims upon conversion. The damage is done, and most likely, it cannot be reversed.

    Black Flags from Arabia gives a brief history of the modern conflict in Arabia, explains how the conflicts in countries neighboring Arabia will lead to the fall of the “tyrant rulers” in the entire Muslim world, and how this will give rise to the Global Khilafah (Caliphate) which begins from Makkah, Arabia. It starts with the beginning of Al Qa’idah in Saudi Arabia in 1979. It reveals how Saudi Arabia’s relationship has changed with the Middle East as a result of the American presence there. It touches on 9/11, the Iraq war of 2003, prison breakouts by militants in countries like Iraq, and it give more information about the Islamic state. There is also a section that gives you an idea of a personal history of one of these soldiers who went to fight in Aleppo, Syria. It also shows the intended range of conquest in the next several years, all the way from the Philippines to Rome, Italy. You get an inside view of a militant’s view of things taken in an online interview.

    Black Flags from Persia shifts the focus to present-day Iran and other areas. It in particular gives an idea of what they intend to accomplish by 2020, the defeat and return of Saudi Arabia to pre-American-relations status with the rest of the Middle East, the conquest of Rome, and Muslims infiltrating Europe to prepare it for the invasion from the east. A bonus is an interview of a Muslim wife and her experience in the Islamic State in table format. In the beginning, they “talk” about pre-Islamic Persia, as though it was irreligious, women sleeping around with multiple men (hey, wait a minute! What about Muslim men’s present-day practice of having four wives??), etc. You would need to read the book, “Arabia and the Arabs” to get a fuller picture of pre-Islamic Arabia. It also touches on the continuing conflict between Shi’a and Sunni Muslims, and this is where you see again that this book series is in favor of Sunnis, not Shi’as.

    Black Flags from Rome moves the focus to Europe, discussing the history of jihad in Europe and the coming insurgency there. It gives a good picture of what has happened for generations of Muslims in Europe concisely. It brings the attention to the view that Europe is returning to the Dark Ages (due to the financial recession), armed gangs forming into militias for racist politicians, and a Caliphate growing across the Mediterranean sea in Africa. The question it attempts to address is, “How does this mix of chaos lead to the conquest of Rome?” It is very clear what they say they are going to do in regards to how they are going to invade Europe. One extreme danger it points out is white/European Muslim converts, which would be impossible to identify and catch before action is taken, which is why it is crucial that this pan-Arabic ideology is wiped out. Here, you really begin to see the pro-Muslim bias in regards to why economic conditions are the way they are and how Muslims view themselves in comparison to non-Muslims.

  • Part V

    Black Flags from Palestine finally shifts the focus to Israel and Palestine, giving a historical account of Israel from the author’s perspective, goals of Israel and more recent history of the 20th century, and supposedly an inside view of what it’s like to live in Israel and the government defense structure, before covering Palestine and some information about it. Strategies for fighting the Israeli military is discussed, such as tunneling, weapons, and tactics, as well as that of the Israeli tactics (present and 15 years into the future). It is here that it shows the author’s view is that the Israeli military is not strong enough nor willing to commit to the task needed to completely wipe the enemy out. Covered is also implications for advanced military hardware in the future, including 3-D printing of weapons and tools needed for military operations. It goes on to cover the “Islamic State Project” centered on dealing with Israel and Palestine as a new threat to the region. The books appears to end the entire series of Black Flags with the “End of Time Battles.” It states that the conquest of Israel may happen by 2022, when the end of 40 years of peace in Israel is reached, and it reiterates that the conquest of Rome is targeted for 2020. A chilling paragraph snippet reads as, “The freedom fighters and truth seekers in Europe will range from left wingers, to even right wingers and those in between. They will be able to see the open mindedness and mercy of Islam and the Mujahideen after many years of deception on the media. They will be like the early converts after the Conquest of Makkah, meaning – they will join the Jihad straightaway after accepting Islam. They will be a good replenishment for the losses Muslims have faced in the Armageddon (Malhamah).” HINDUS are considered as already having the mark of the Beast with the tilakas and bindus on the foreheads.

    The Revived Caliphate

    The Revived Caliphate contains a lot of propaganda and especially a page on “true dreams,” of which one or several has proven to be false (including that President Obama is to be the last US President because the war in Syria will bankrupt the USA – this shows the author’s lack of understanding how the USA differs from every single country on Earth; it has the world reserve currency, and thusly can print up any number of dollars to fund a war for as long as it needs to). It covers a short biography of Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi; what has happened in Iraq from 2003 and after 2011; some information about various terror groups, how they are positioned relative to each other, and particulars about these groups; the conflict in Syria; the formation of ISIS from Iraq and Syria; what ISIS is like and some information about the Caliph; what is likely made-up prophecies by the Prophet regarding the End-Of-Times or nuclear war. The idea is to briefly showcase the return of the Global Caliphate.

    Other books to read, but I have not read yet, include:

    Arabia and the Arabs
    What the Koran Really Says
    Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out
    Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism and Slavery

    All of these books explain why the liberal, left perspective about giving Islam respect as a religion of peace is incorrect and will get all of us killed or enslaved.

  • Lokesh

    This is an incredible article. A much needed one too.

    What you have discussed is an ideal way, which is born of comprehensive knowledge, unbiased views & empathy.

    Even if Islam is a dangerous ideology, it is quite possible to Love Muslims, to win them with Love, to show them we love them and we stand by them.

    Meanwhile it is also necessary to keep constant constructive criticism of Islam going so that at least the westernized Muslims can take criticism as a natural thing, just like Christians today understand criticism is part of the process, Muslims too have to learn it.

  • Satyendra Upadhyay

    Islam means peace? No, Islam means Surrender.

    Surrender to whom – Allah? No, surrender to Muhammad because only he is the interface of Allah to the Muslims.

    Who/What is to be followed by the Muslims – Quran? No, Muhammad is to be followed by the Muslims as he is the role model and his behaviour/deeds reveals the true meaning of the Quran. If you follow Quran theoretically, you may interprete it wrong.

    What is the worst crime that is unpardonable in Islam – murder/rape? No, it’s Shirk(worshipping any other God than Allah) that is unpardonable while any other crime including murder/rape etc.

    To know more about Islam and its subtle characteristics, one should read the Islamic history and the way it has been propagated. Ask one question, why there are the highest percentage of terrorists in Islam? Why it’s so easy to change a Muslim to an Islamic terrorists compared to other religions in this era?

  • Sri Krishna Sudhamsu Kambhamme

    Your approach makes a lot of sense. These people sound more like victims of their own psychological weaknesses.

    At the same time, I fail to understand what adult and matured Muslims are doing to solve this problem. I can understand that teenagers fall into trap. But what are their elders doing to stop it? (I am not ready to accept that most muslims are psychologically vulnerable) Isn’t it their problem more than ours (Hindus and others) after all?

    Many social reforms in India happened because Hindus criticized themselves and changed their practices. Muslims are still backward (in India) in terms of women rights, education, poverty because they never cared to introspect. They still practice polygamy, have very high fertility rates and they give little rights to their women. They don’t change by themselves. If we try to advocate, they potray it as if we are talking against Islam.

  • Ghulam Mahomed

    You’ve summarised the psychological framework of extremism very well. These same things have been said by Mulims multiple times, but have not been echoed in the mainstream or consolidated very well. Thank you.