December 13, 2010 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Over the weekend, Taymour Abdulwahab, an Iranian who immigrated to Sweden, detonated 2 bombs in Stockholm, killing himself and injuring two passersby.
The first device, a car bomb loaded with propane cylinders, failed to detonate completely, burning instead and causing no damage. About fifteen minutes after that failed attempt, Abdulwahab killed himself using a bomb belt, injuring 2 bystanders.
Abdulwahab had spent a great deal of time in Britain previous to the Saturday attack and security officials there continue to investigate whatever ties the perp had to radical Islamic groups in the country.
The bomber was very clear in stating his motivation for his actions, "Thanks to Lars Vilks and his paintings of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, and your soldiers in Afghanistan and your silence on all this so shall your children, daughters, brothers and sisters die in the same way as our brothers and sisters and children die...Our actions will speak for themselves, as long as you do not end your war against Islam and humiliation of the prophet and your stupid support for the pig Vilks..." [source, Kat Higgins, Sweden Terror Bomb Suspect's Warning Email, Sky News, http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Sweden-Suspected-Suicide-Bomber-Sent-An-Email-To-A-News-Agency-Before-Explosions-On-Saturday/Article/201012215852813?lid=ARTICLE_15852813]
Abdulwahab's statement clearly indicates that his primary motivation was to avenge the action's of cartoonist Vilks, whose depictions of Islamic topics he found offensive to the religion and humiliating to its final prophet, Mohammed. His base motivation then must be seen as a botched attempt to enforce Shari'a [Islamic law] which holds that insulting Islam and its prophet constitutes blasphemy, a capital offense.
As the debate in the West over the role - if any - which Shari'a might play in democratic societies, Abdulwahab's terror attempt must be understood as to its motivation. The news here for the MSM and others who may not be paying attention is that the civilizational conflict between the West and the Islamic world is a religious war. It is not simply a long string of unrelated atrocities carried out by lunatics, but a well reasoned attempt by fanatical Muslims to enforce what they feel is the will of God.
What team Obama's group of national security strategists fail to understand is that the enemy is intent upon making the West subservient to an ideology, Shari'a. Our opponents will do this violently when they feel it advances the cause and non-violently [the stealth jihad] when circumstances warrant that approach, as they do now in the United States.
If, somewhere in this dysfunctional administration, there is a rudimentary understanding of the moving parts in the Islamic terror equation, it has had little apparent effect on the formation and execution of security initiatives at the decision making level. It's very difficult at this point to imagine Team Obama ever having the insight or courage to carry through with an effective set of counter measures and that is a tragedy.
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