Islam and jihad
11) Jihad - the last 100 years
swear by God we shall not rest from jihad until we...blow up the filthiest
house known as the White House."
recording by the leader of Iraq's al Qaeda wing, 11/13/06
"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That's not what Islam
is all about. Islam is peace."
George W. Bush, 9/17/01
there a problem with Islam?
is a continuation of the previous section. Much credit for the following
list goes, again, to James
M. Arlandson, and also to a "9/11" five-year anniversary
article by Ann Coulter.
you have lived through many of the latter events listed below. Partly for
that reason I offer no commentary on them. Other than concisely annotating
their occurrence, what really remains to be said?
Jews of Tel Aviv are deported by the thousands; thousands are not allowed
to take any provisions.
Arabs in Palestine revolt against the Jewish population.
Sheik Izz al-Din al-Qassam and followers terrorize Jews of Palestine until
al-Qassam is shot dead by police. Al-Qassam is hailed as a hero, and later
a type of rocket is named after him.
Nazi Germany adopts the jihadi
practice of forcing Jews to wear identifying colored patches on
their clothing, and later marks
on their bodies.
Islamic Hajj Amin el-Husseini, former Mufti of Jerusalem, foments a pogrom
against Jews in Baghdad. His effort to install in pro-Nazi government in
El-Husseini petitions Hitler's Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop to
disrupt an effort to transfer of 4,000 Jewish children to Palestine. Ribbentrop
later hangs at Nuremburg.
El-Husseini successfully petitions German, Rumanian, and Hungarian government
officials to cancel nearly a half-million exit visas granted to Jews. Those
Jews eventually go to Polish concentration camps.
El-Husseini recruits Bosnian Muslims for Nazi SS units. Broadcasting to
the Arab world from Berlin, he states, "Kill the Jews wherever you
find them. This pleases God, history, and religion." El-Husseini disappears
back into the Middle East. A young subordinate of el-Husseini's was Yasser
1968 Senator, US Attorney General, and presidential candidate Robert
F. Kennedy is shot dead and five others wounded by Palestinian Islamic gunman
Sirhan Bishara Sirhan for Kennedy's support of Israel.
1973 Yasser Arafat and company storm the Saudi embassy in Khartoum,
seizing US Ambassador Cleo Noel and others to demand Sirhan Sirhan be released.
When President Nixon refuses to release him, Arafat has the ambassador and
1979 Islamic gunmen seize the US embassy in Iran and hold 52 American
hostages for 444 days; one of the gunmen is believed to be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Islamic gunmen (mostly Hezbollah) began a nearly decade-long habit of taking
Americans and Europeans hostage in Lebanon, killing William Buckley and
holding Terry Anderson for six and a half years.
1983 Islamic gunmen (Islamic Jihad or possibly Hezbollah) bomb the US
Embassy in Beirut, killing 16 Americans.
1983 Islamic gunmen (Hezbollah) blow up the US Marine barracks at the
Beirut airport, killing 241 Marines.
1983 Islamic gunmen (al-Dawa) blow up the US Embassy in Kuwait, killing
five and injuring 80.
1984 Islamic gunmen (Hezbollah) explode a truck bomb at the US Embassy
annex in Beirut, killing 24 people, including two US servicemen.
1984 Islamic gunmen (probably Hezbollah) hijack a Kuwait Airways airplane,
land in Iran and demand the release of the 17 members of al-Dawa who had
been arrested for the bombing of the US Embassy in Kuwait, killing two Americans
before the siege was over.
1985 Islamic gunmen (Hezbollah) hijack TWA Flight 847 out of Athens,
diverting it to Beirut, and taking the passengers hostage in return for
the release of the Kuwait 17 as well as another 700 prisoners held by Israel.
When their demands are not met, the Muslims shoot US Navy diver Robert Dean
Stethem and dump his body on the tarmac.
1985 Islamic gunmen (Palestine Liberation Front backed by Libya) seize
an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, killing the wheelchair
bound 69-year-old Jewish American Leon Klinghoffer by shooting him repeatedly
and then dumping his body overboard.
1985 Islamic extremists (backed by Libya) bomb airports in Rome and
Vienna, killing 20 people, including five Americans.
1986 Islamic extremists (backed by Libya) bomb a discotheque frequented
by US servicemen in West Berlin, injuring hundreds and killing two, including
a US soldier.
1988 Islamic extremists (backed by Libya) bomb Pan Am Flight 103 over
Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 on board and 11 on the ground...
1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa against essayist Ahmed
Salman Rushie and "all those involved in [The Satanic Verses']
publication". Their sentence is death for the "nearest Muslim'
to carry out." (Rushdie's novel dealt with the Qur'an basically like
The DaVinci Code dealt with the Bible.) As a result, Hitoshi Igarashi,
the Japanese translator of the book was murdered in July of 1991; Ettore
Capriolo, the Italian translator was stabbed the same month; and William
Nygaard, its Norwegian publisher, was nearly killed in October of 1993.
1993 Islamic extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, possibly with involvement
of friendly rival al Qaeda) set off a bomb in the basement of the World
Trade Center, killing six and wounding more than 1,000. Documents seized
later revealed the intent was to collapse the tower.
1993 Islamic extremists (al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, the Sudanese Islamic
Front and at least one member of Hamas) plot to blow up the Lincoln and
Holland tunnels, the U.N. complex and the FBI's lower Manhattan headquarters.
1995 Islamic extremists (possibly Iranian "Party of God") explode a
car bomb at US military headquarters in Saudi Arabia, killing five US military
1996 Islamic extremists (13 Saudis and a Lebanese member of Hezbollah,
probably with involvement of al Qaeda) explode a truck bomb outside the
Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring
384. Among the wounded - 147 Saudis, 118 Bangladeshis, 109 Americans, 4
Egyptians, 2 Jordanians, 2 Indonesians, and 2 Filipinos.
1998 Sudan's Muslim government prevents emergency humanitarian efforts
to feed the predominantly Christian province of Bahr el-Ghazal. Within a
month, 60,000 men, women, and children die of starvation.
1998 Iran states it is rescinding the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and
1998 Islamic extremists (al Qaeda) explode truck bombs at US embassies
in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 and injuring thousands. "
2000 Islamic extremists (al Qaeda) ram an explosives-laden motor boat
into the US Navy destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 US sailors.
1999 Again Sudan prevents emergency humanitarian efforts, this time
in an attempt to feed over 200,000 in need. Unconfirmed thousands die.
11, 2001 Islamic extremists (al Qaeda) hijack commercial aircraft and
fly planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania,
killing nearly 3,000 Americans.
2002 Islamic gunmen kidnap journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan and cut
his throat; filmed for broadcast.
2002 Palestinian Islamic gunmen from Hamas and the PLO seize the Church
of the Nativity in Bethlehem to use priests and nuns as human shields against
Israeli forces. Gunmen desecrate the interior with machine gun fire and
their own excrement. After a 38 day standoff, Israel grants militants' demands
that a third of them be released free into various European countries. Militants
set over 40 booby-trapped bombs throughout the church before they leave.
2002 Abu Bakr Bashir and the group Islamic Jemaah Islamiyah bomb a nightclub
on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, killing 202 persons from assorted
countries. The Islamic government sentences him to thirty months. He and
others later receive sentence reductions in celebration of Indonesia's Independence
2003 In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia a suicide bomber kills 34. Crown Prince
Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz dismisses the allegation that al Qaeda claimed responsibility.
2003 A chain of suicide bombings in Casablanca kill 44 and injure over
100. Suspects belonged to a banned Islamic extremist group and had fought
Russian forces in Chechnya.
15, 2003 Multiple car-bomb attacks throughout Istanbul, Turkey kill
26 and injure 390. Al Qaeda claims responsibility.
20, 2003 Again in Istanbul, truck-bombs at an internet cafe, British
bank, and British consulate kill 26 and injure 450. Al Qaeda claims joint
responsibility with the Islamic Great Eastern Raider's Front.
2004 Islamic extremist group Abu Sayyaf ignites a superferry after it
leaves Manila. Twelve confirmed dead and 180 are reported missing at sea.
2004 Militants backed by the Islamic group al Qaeda plant a total of
440 pounds of dynamite on four separate trains in Spain, killing 191 passengers.
In April, likely mastermind Moroccan Muslim Jamal Ahmidam and others blow
themselves up when police arrive to arrest them.
2004 British and US intelligence agencies foil a plot to create a chemical
vapor bomb of osmium tetroxide in London. Authorities decline to reveal
the nationalities of the suspects.
2004 Fabrizio Quattrocci and three fellow security guards are kidnapped
by Muslim jihadists in Iraq. He is forced to dig his own grave, but afterwards
yanks off his black hood and shouts "Now I will show you how an Italian
dies!" He is quickly shot in the neck. Though filmed, it is believed his
defiance ruined the intent of the picture and the piece is not as widely
distributed as later beheading videos.
2004 Muslim extremists led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi kidnap and saw off
the head of Nicholas Berg; filmed for broadcast.
2004 Muslim extremists led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi kidnap and saw off
the head of Kim Sun-il; filmed for broadcast.
2004 Turkish police foil an attempt by Muslim extremists to bomb a NATO
summit meeting in Istanbul.
2004 Paul Marshall Johnson Jr. is kidnapped in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
by Muslims of the self-described Mujahedeen of the Falluja Squadron. The
West is given 72 hours to evacuate all infidels from the Arabian Peninsula.
When the deadline arrives, Johnson's head is sawn off; filmed for broadcast.
2004 Muslim gunmen seize a school with 1,200 children and teachers in
Beslan, Russia. (Beslan is a largely Christian enclave of the predominantly
Muslim region of the south Caucasus.) Infants are bayoneted; the rest are
corralled into the gymnasium which is rigged with explosives and detonated,
causing fire and a partial building collapse. Over 700 hospitalized, over
350 killed; mostly children. Shamil Basayev claims responsibility and threatens
repeats of Beslan unless Chechnya is granted independent Islamic rule.
2004 Scotland Yard and British anti-terror police nab a Saudi-affiliated
gang of four attempting to purchase radioactive material to complete a dirty
2004 Islamic extremists led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi kidnap Eugene "Jack"
Armstrong, Jack Hensley, and Kenneth Bigley. Each is beheaded on separate
days; each filmed for broadcast.
2004 Seif Adnan Kanaan is kidnapped in Iraq by Islamic gunmen of the
self-described Army of Ansar al-Sunna and beheaded to serve as an example
of what happens to those who befriend or cooperate with Americans.
2004 Amsterdam - Filmmaker Theo van Gogh is shot and his throat slit
after he makes a film highlighting the abuse of women under Islam. A letter
is found pinned to his body with a dagger. Mohammed Bouyeri carried out
the assassination for the Islamic extremist group Saif al-Din al-Muwaheed
(Sword of Justice of the Faithful).
2004 Shosei Koda is kidnapped by al-Zarqawi's Jama'at al-Tawhid wal
Jihad and beheaded; filmed for broadcast.
2005 Russian security forces attack and kill Islamic Chechens preparing
to seize a school in Dagestan; allegedly to repeat Beslan (see September
2004, first entry).
2005 Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reinstitutes the reversed fatwa
against Salman Rushdie and the others previously targeted. The Iranian state
news agency broadcasts that the fatwa for their deaths will remain in place
2005 Indonesia - Two bombs in a crowded market kill 22 and wound 40
in Sulawesi island's Christian-dominated town of Tentena.
7, 2005 Islamic extremist group al Qaeda stages six separate explosions
which rip through buses and subway cars in London, killing a total of 56.
21, 2005 Al Qaeda operatives stage a second wave of attacks on London,
but they fail when detonators don't trigger the explosives.
23, 2005 The Abdullah Azzam Brigades in Syria and Egypt take credit
for car bombs used to attack the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on the
southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. Explosions at the Ghazala Gardens hotel
and Old Market kill 83, wound over 100.
2005 Twelve cartoons appear in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten
featuring caricatures of Muhammad. The goal was to illustrate the different
ways Muhammad is thought of throughout the world. At least three cartoons
were not favorable. Muslim protests and violence eventually erupt in 50
countries. Denmark's Prime Minister describes it as their worst international
crisis since World War II. Very few newspapers reprint the cartoons.
2005 Australian police raid an Islamic terror cell and seize chemicals,
weapons, and computers in 23 locations at Sydney and Melbourne. Abu Bakr
Bashir is identified as the ringleader.
2006 Global riots ensue, churches are burned throughout the Middle East
and Africa, two Catholic nuns are murdered, death threats are issued, and
calls for global jihad abound after Pope Benedict XVI makes a remark interpreted
to suggest Muslims might be prone to violence. The
Pope apologizes. . .
on and on the list goes of violence in the name of Islam and jihad for Allah.
While my list stops where it does, hardly a day goes by when another incident
makes the local or national news. Even a quick glance at the lists below
will give a taste of the thousands of acts committed per year. Take a look
at one to understand the truly widespread nature of the problem of Islamic
(last three months)
(jihad against Israel)
(Islamic instruction guide on how to track and kill westerners)
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