Eric Harroun pleads to lesser count in Syria fighting case, released from custody
CNN reported that a former US soldier has plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for confessing his involvement with Al Qaeda related terrorists in Syria. The West must stop the support of these terror outfits, otherwise more chicken will come home to roost. The enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend best describes this untenable situation. https://lubpak.com/archives/264349
According to an FBI affidavit made public at the time of his arrest, Harroun crossed into Syria in January where he received training from the al-Nusra Front on how to use rocket propelled grenades and posted still photos and videos of himself on the Internet handling the RPGs and other weapons.
LUBP has written extensively about this problem. This is not an isolated incident rather a growing pattern in Western countries.
This Belgian video, that is recently doing rounds in the West shows some Western origin soldiers beheading an opponent in Syria, reveals nothing new. This is the same story from the blood-spattered tableau vivant being painted by Boko Haram in Nigeria to the slaughter of another human being of another human being in broad daylight on a London street to poor polio lady health-workers being brutally murdered in Pakistan. But the old news of Jihadist savagery it relays is worth dusting off and shouting from the rooftops with every new incident of savagery.
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Authorities have not yet disclosed the names or nationalities of those arrested, who are all Spanish citizens, the BBC reported. The network has apparently funneled “dozens” of fighters to Syria, where some have taken part in suicide attacks and others have joined training camps. The network recruited fighters from various parts of Spain as well as Morocco and Ceuta, which has a population of 80,000, half of whom are Muslim.
Other jihadist groups are still preparing to travel to Syria, according to Spain’s Foreign Ministry, which added that the investigation is still underway. Although separate investigations of al Qaeda networks were begun in 2009 and 2011 by the National Guard and the Civil Police, the two agencies began collaborating this year. A press conference on the arrests is planned for tomorrow.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
Despite being one of the most oppressive countries on the planet, Saudi Arabia has been one of America’s closest allies in the Middle East for some time along with other oppressive Middle Eastern governments with whom it is strategically convenient to be allied, including Jordan, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. This is utter hypocrisy when the bomblast from the American government frequently paints many other regimes as despotic, oppressive, and anti-human rights whereas all these apply more to any of its Middle Eastern allies. These regimes are now kicking up Sunni-Shia rift in the Middle East because that is the only way for them to stay afloat. Surprisingly, the US and its allies are mindlessly playing along instead of realizing that the changing times have rendered these totalitarian governments intrinsically unstable.
Credible estimates indicate that since 1973, the Saudi government has spent over $200B to promote Wahhabism in the United States, Europe, and round the world. According to official Saudi information, Saudi funds have been used to build and maintain over 1,500 mosques, 202 colleges, 210 Islamic Centres wholly or partly financed by Saudi Arabia, and almost 2,000 schools for educating Muslim children in non-Islamic countries in Europe, North and South America, Australia and Asia. Saudi Arabia has fully or partially financed Islamic Centres in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Fresno; Chicago; New York; Washington; Tucson; Raleigh, N.C. and Toledo, Ohio as well as in Austria, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Russia. Saudi aid to Muslims abroad, comes laden with the purpose of promoting the Wahhabi version of Islam.
Wahhabism preaches “consider the infidel your enemy,” (advises a Saudi text for 10th-graders), the connection between political Islam of the sort advocated by al-Qaeda and the education offered at the Wahhabi institutions is a common ideology. A look into the curricula of these institutions suffices to afford insight into the message the Saudis wish to instil in the minds of their followers throughout the world. The message, simply stated, is that Wahhabism either must dominate or be dominated. In these Wahhabi texts, Islam is presented as the only true religion while all other religions are presented as false. “Islam is the only religion leading its followers to Paradise, whereas all other religions destroy their believers in Hell. The Muslims are, consequently, superior to followers of all other religions, in both this world and the next. Christians and Jews in particular are denounced as infidels. Jews especially are presented as enemies of Islam and of Muslims. “Muslims may not befriend them, nor emulate them in any way, lest that lead to love and friendship which is forbidden. These guys sit in the West and have the gall to claim that the West, in particular, is the source of all misfortunes of the Muslim world — its most dangerous effect on Muslim society being its cultural and intellectual influence in various fields including the spread of Western practices and habits — from Western democracy to Western influence in the fields of literature, art, music, the media, fashion, education and research — including Christian missionary work, Western humanitarian and medical aid, and even Western-invented computer games. Nor is peace between Muslims and non-Muslims advocated. Instead, the Wahhabi literature (from the US to Pakistan) and Saudi textbooks are full of phrases exalting war, jihad, and martyrdom. As a rule, Wahhabis do not embrace the modern religious spirit of inter-faith cooperation. They are distinctly isolationist.
In Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Nigeria, Egypt, North Africa and Syria, Saudi money, billions of dollars’ worth, has funded the most intolerant, extremist, and viciously dangerous centres of terrorism and backwardness. Until the very real and growing threat of Wahhabism is contained, all sorts of crimes almost unthinkable in many parts of the world just decades ago will continue to spill the blood of innocents. Murdering girls for going to school? Massacring religious pilgrims for the crime of being Shiite “heretics”? Murdering Muslims for being Ahmedis? Raping Alawite women? Annihilating Christians? Destroying world heritage historical sites whether Buddhist statues in Afghanistan or tombs of the world famous Mansas of Mali, Islamic tombs, but still not “pure” enough for these Wahhabis? Razing and bombing saints’ shrines from Pakistan to Syria? And all paid for by one of the most corrupt and reactionary rule on the planet, who just happen to be a major ally of the western regimes, the Saudi Arabian royal family.
Whereas Wahhabism is spreading its tentacles in Europe also, due to the inherent openness of its society and its friendship with Saudi Arabia, the US is the only country outside Saudi Arabia where the Islamic establishment is actually under Wahhabi control. The Saudis have funded more than 80 per cent of the Wahhabi-influenced mosques built in the United States within the last 30 years. And the most pliable minds belong to Muslim kids. An estimated 40,000 Muslim children attend Saudi-funded Wahhabi day schools in America. Intolerance and outright rejection of American values and democratic ideals —classical Wahhabism— are often taught. The Saudis, have also directed considerable outreach toward the American Black Muslim community, for example, pledging as much as $10 million for an extravagant mosque and the school attached to it in shabby South Central Los Angeles. The Saudis also have a special program aimed at converting blacks in prison. The program is funded by Saudi Arabian money through the National Islamic Prison Foundation. Prison ‘dawa’ (the spreading of the faith) has become a priority for the Saudi Arabian government. The Islamic Affairs Department of the Saudi Embassy in Washington disseminates hundreds of copies of the Quran each month, as well as religious pamphlets and videos to prison chaplains and Islamic groups who then pass them along to inmates. Because of Washington’s unwillingness to risk a rupture with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. has also failed to pursue a coherent political strategy aimed at de-legitimizing the ideology of Islamic terrorism in America and undermining the terrorists’ sources of support.
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The doctrine of armed Jihad showed its ugly preview on the streets of London. The West cannot hope to control the jihadi hydra while it supports and grows it in Syria.