I planned to do a Jihad roundup this weekend. Tough job, though. Jihadis have been pretty busy, making it hard to keep up. Seriously, I hope there are no more murders in the name of Islam by the time it takes me to finish this post.
Let’s start with some good old fashioned church bombings in lovely Pakistan.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers at a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing 78 people in the deadliest-ever attack against the country’s Christian minority.
A wing of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, raising new questions about the government’s push to strike a peace deal with the militants to end a decade-long insurgency that has killed thousands of people.
The 78 dead included 34 women and seven children, said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Another 37 children were among the 141 wounded, he said.
The number of casualties from the blasts was so high that the hospital ran short of caskets for the dead and beds for the wounded, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a former information minister of surrounding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province who was on the scene.
Fabulous. So much for founder of Pakistan paying lip service to equal protection for religious minorities, while contradicting himself through both words and deeds.
Two suicide bombers, one in an explosives-laden car and the other on foot, struck a cluster of funeral tents packed with mourning families in a Shia neighbourhood in Baghdad, the deadliest in a string of attacks around Iraq that killed at least 96 people on Saturday.
The attack on the funeral was one of the largest single terrorist assaults on civilians in Iraq in recent years. It happened shortly before sunset in the densely populated Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad.
Police said at least 72 people were killed and more than 120 were wounded in that attack. One bomber was able to drive up near the tent before detonating his deadly payload, and another on foot blew himself up nearby, police said.
The explosions set the tents and several nearby cars on fire, sending a towering plume of thick black smoke over the city.
Less than two hours after the funeral attack, another car bomb blast struck a commercial street in the nearby Ur neighborhood, killing nine people and wounding 14, according to police.
Gunmen later shot up a shop that has been discretely selling liquor in the largely Sunni neighborhood of Azamiyah, killing four people, police said.
The attack happened hours after insurgents launched a suicide attack on a police headquarters in the city of Beiji, killing seven policemen and wounding 21 others.
In that attack, police said four suicide bombers stormed a base for police commandos. Guards managed to kill one suicide bomber, but the three other bombers were able to set off their explosive belts inside the compound, police said. Beiji, a centre for oil refining, is 250 kilometres north of Baghdad.
Now that we have covered the “mundane”, we can move on to the more exotic stuff: an attack in Africa closely mirroring the Mumbai attack of 2008, specifically targeting “Kuffar” (loosely translated as” infidels”, the Islamic pejorative against anyone who happens to be a non-Muslim):
At least 39 have been killed and upwards of 150 injured in a terrorist attack on a shopping mall popular with Westerners in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Reports suggest that the attackers may have taken hostages in the upmarket shopping centre, having threatened to kill any “non-Muslims”.
Al-Shabaab, also known as Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (HSM), have claimed responsibility for the massacre. They wrote on their official Twitter account: “the Mujahideen entered Westgate Mall today at around noon”.
“Only Kuffar were singled out for this attack. All Muslims inside #Westgate were escorted out by the Mujahideen before beginning the attack”.
Isn’t that “humane” of them? As long as their fellow Muslims are safe, who cares about the filthy everyone else!
But wait: it gets better. Like we’ve seen before, it appears that a good number of these “Mujahideen” are your next door neighbors in Europe and North America, spending their vacation time doing Jihad:
Meanwhile Al-Shabaab has released the names and places of origin of the alleged terrorist involved in the Westgate assault. It is no surprise the terror raid was carried out by a international terrorist cell of at least twelve Al-Shabaab fighters, some of which were at least raised in the West.
According to the terrorist group the attackers all between the age of 20 and 27 years old, are from numerous countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Syria and Russia and were all trained in Somalia.
But don’t you even think of trying to stop such attacks by launching drone strikes against their training camps. Because only terrorist lives matter. Like Al-Shabab said, who cares about the Kuffar!
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the best of the best. The very top of the ladder. Something you probably have never heard of before. A true innovation of Islamism: Sexual Jihad.
A number of Tunisian women have traveled to Syria to have sex with rebel fighters, a senior Tunisian politician said Thursday. The practice is known as “sexual jihad.”
The women “are swapped between 20, 30, 100 rebels,” Interior Minister Lotfi Bin Jeddo told an assembly of Tunisian lawmakers, according to Al Arabiya. “We are doing nothing and standing idle.”
“After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of ‘jihad al-nikah,’ they come home pregnant,” he said, according to Agence France-Presse. (Jihad al-nikah is an Arabic phrase meaning “sexual holy war,” AFP explains.)
“Muslim women prostituting themselves in this case is being considered a legitimate jihad because such women are making sacrifices—their chastity, their dignity—in order to help apparently sexually-frustrated jihadis better focus on the war to empower Islam in Syria,” writes author and Islam expert Raymond Ibrahim for The Investigative Project On Terrorism, a nonprofit research organization that studies jihad.
At this point, I have to admit, I cannot hide my anger at doctrines causing so much suffering. How long can we ignore religious teachings telling women to be prostitutes? Or making non-Muslims legitimate targets for murder? Or getting Shiites and Sunnis to accuse one another of being heretics, and the proceed with mass murder? Are we ever going to admit that the doctrine of Jihad is what opens the door to violence in the name of Islam, and it should be renounced?
I find it amusing that some continue to blame the US/Israel/etc for acts that can be traced directly to Islamic “sacred scriptures”. Internecine violence among Shiites and Sunnis, for example, has been going on for centuries, as each group often accuses the other of “heresy”. What does the violence between Shiites and Sunnis have to do with the (now ended) US military presence in Iraq? Can either group be said to somehow be representative of the US/Israel? How can the US possibly be blamed for the fighting between Hezbollah and Al Qaeda, both of whom hate America’s guts? Or that some Muslim women think it is their religious duty to have sex with dozens of men to “relieve” them?
In other news-stop blaming Hitler, World War II was Churchill’s fault.