Algerian Mujahideen Busted in Barcelona

Two Algerians have been arrested in Catalonia for plotting a jihad terror attack. According to Euronews (hat tip Fjordman):

Duo Arrested on Suspicion of Planning Explosives Attack in Barcelona

Catalan police have arrested two men on suspicion of planning an explosives attack in Barcelona. The two individuals of Algerian nationality, aged 41 and 43, are suspected of belonging to a cell that has been under investigation since 2017.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this TV news report, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

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History Quiz

QUIZ

by Michael Copeland

(Originally published at LibertyGB)

(Clue: one answer fits all.)

1.   What made it essential to fortify the Vatican?
2.   What triggered the founding of the defensive Knights Templar?
3.   What caused the beheading of the 800 men of Otranto, Italy?
4.   What led Columbus and his backers to explore westwards?
5.   What caused the Hindu Kush (Kush meaning ‘slaughter’)?
6.   What do the turbans of pantomime pirates denote?
7.   What made Istanbul’s Basilica of Holy Wisdom cease to be a church?
8.   What caused the kidnapping of the women and children of Baltimore, Ireland?
9.   What caused the USA to establish the Marine Corps?
10.   What caused the genocide of Armenians?
11.   What caused Salman Rushdie to need armed guards?
12.   What is “incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy”?
 

For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.

Fifteen Years

During her tenure here Dymphna wrote repeatedly about the strange lack of commemorative attention that the anniversaries of the 7/7 bombings in London have received in the UK.

There may have been a significant observance on the first anniversary, but from the second onwards the date passed each year with scant public acknowledgement. I don’t know what the British media are saying today; perhaps our readers in the UK can provide their observations. I think I saw a news headline about the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (no relation to Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the bombers), laying a wreath at the memorial in Hyde Park.

For those who were too young at the time, or have forgotten: today is the fifteenth anniversary of the series of coordinated Islamic terror attacks on public transportation in London on July 7, 2005. The bombs went off during the morning rush hour, killing fifty-two people in addition to the mujahideen who carried out the attacks. Hundreds of others were wounded.

The atrocities were perpetrated by Mohammad Sidique Khan, Hasib Hussain, Germaine Lindsay, and Shehzad Tanweer, giving the incident a Mohammed Coefficient of 25%.

Readers can look at conditions in London and the UK today and decide for themselves whether the 7/7 attacks made Britons wake up and smell the halal coffee. Personally, I think the surname of the mayor of London tells us all we need to know.

Spengler on Militant Religiosity

“The present can only accomplish its purification by the erasure of its past.”

Below is the third of Thomas Bertonneau’s three-essay sequence on the crisis of modernity.

Spengler on Militant Religiosity

by Thomas F. Bertonneau

Oswald Spengler (1880-1936), the German historian and philosopher, devotes a suite of three chapters (VII, VIII, and IX) in his Decline of the West, Volume II (1922), to what he calls “The Problems of the Arabian Culture.” The third of these chapters, “Pythagoras, Mohammed, Cromwell,” explores the parallelisms that, in Spengler’s view, and in his use of the word, make these figures “contemporary” with one another. The same chapter also contains Spengler’s analysis of Puritanism, but not strictly in the sense of Calvinist doctrine, although he includes Calvinism in his discussion. Spengler views Puritanism as an inevitable phase of religion, one of doctrinal hardening and literalism in which a totalitarian impulse predominates. Puritanism has manifested itself in all the Great Cultures, as Spengler calls them, such as the Chinese, the Classical, and the Gothic. By “The Problems of Arabian Culture” Spengler does not mean to confine himself to a history of Monophysitism or Islam, although these come under his three-chapter remit. Spengler subsumes “Arabian Culture” under the larger category of “Magian Culture,” which embraces both Arabia Felix and Arabia Deserta but reaches far beyond them to aspects of the late Persian and Syriac societies, to the Hellenism of Alexandria, and even to the Iconoclastic centuries of Byzantium. The term Magian also reaches back in time to the late stages of Mesopotamian society. For Spengler, St. Augustine shares rather more with Islamic theology than he does, say, with St. Thomas and the Scholastics. For Spengler, the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople anticipates the mosque. To understand the chapter-sequence on “The Problems of Arabian Culture,” however, requires that Spengler’s often shocking and sometimes counter-intuitive pronouncements, like the ones just mentioned, take their place among the over-arching assumptions of The Decline.

Spengler’s opus impresses the first-time reader as a colossal improvisation. Its erudition and seeming formlessness put off many would-be explorers. Spengler’s basic propositions nevertheless lend themselves to summary. Spengler rejects the idea of a universal history. He recognizes no singular history but a number of histories in the plural, each one peculiar to its own Great Culture. Thus the Classical or Mediterranean Culture begins with the palace kingdoms of Mycenaean Greece and ends with the Severan Dynasty of the Late Second and Early Third Centuries. Indian Culture begins with the Vedas and ends with Buddhism. Western or “Faustian” Culture has its earliest glimmerings in the Eighth Century but really only leaps into being after the year 1000. Western Culture preserves a profound awareness of Classical Culture but this awareness implies, for Spengler, no actual continuity. Each Great Culture constitutes itself hermetically as an organic whole without debt to adjacent or precursor cultures. Borrowings are never essential, but only ornamental. Spengler emphasizes the organic character of culture. He regards each Great Culture as a living entity, whose mortality impends as soon as it comes to birth. Each Great Culture follows the same seasonal life-course — a vivacious and creative spring, a productive summer, a crisis-afflicted fall, and an increasingly inflexible winter. Spengler also makes a distinction between culture, as such, and civilization. Culture flourishes as the vital phase; civilization takes over as the mechanical phase, becoming more and more rigid until the machine stops.

Each Great Culture first expresses itself in a springtime outburst of religion. The Classical pantheon and associated cults already existed in late Mycenaean times; Homer and Hesiod signify a literate transformation of a long existing Apollonian worldview, as Spengler calls it. By the time of Septimius Severus (reigned 193-211), the Classical religion has become a syncretic henotheism, with one god in numerous guises, complete with a church-structure wedded to the state. Whereas the springtime paganism knew nothing of prejudice, the syncretic henotheism has codified itself as a set of compulsory dogmas. Spengler distinguishes between a Magian and a Gothic Christianity, which have little or nothing to do with one another. The latter appears with the building of the Lady Churches and with the blazing out of sacred polyphony. By the time of the Baroque, however, Catholicism has become the counterpart of syncretic henotheism. A living entity no longer, the Church distinguishes itself hardly at all from the array of explicitly secular institutions. As for Magian Christianity, Spengler classifies it as one of many apocalyptic movements that participate in the same mundial vision. These dispensations show themselves initially around the time of Alexander’s campaigns. Spengler writes in Vol. II, Chapter VIII, how “the world, as spread out for the Magian waking-consciousness, possesses a kind of extension that may be called cavern-like.” A “primary dualism” governs the world-cavern of this revelation: “The light shines through the cavern and battles the darkness.” The Magian Culture reaches its final, ossified phase when Mohammed issues his unalterable Koran and commences his coercive mission.

If social, spiritual, and intellectual rigor mortis belonged to the autumnal and hibernal chapters of the cultural life-course, this would not mean that earlier chapters exhibited no forecast of rigidification. Spasms of Puritanism occur in the vernal and estival chapters but show themselves as liable to suppression by the still-vivacious environments where they arise. The first name in the title of Spengler’s third of three chapters on “The Problems of Arabian Culture” is that of Pythagoras, whose person will be familiar to most readers through its association with the theorem of the right triangle. The lifetime of Pythagoras spans most of the Sixth Century BC, with scholarship locating his birth around 570 and his death around 495. The prevailing myth treats Pythagoras in an anodyne way: Philosopher, mystic, mathematician, vegetarian, discoverer of the cosmic harmony, and champion of animals. Pythagoras invited veneration from the Florentine Humanists and again from the French Symbolists as an idealist and altruist. The truth puts Pythagoras in quite a different light. “Pythagoras was not a philosopher,” Spengler writes; but rather, “he was a saint, prophet and founder of a fanatically religious society that forced its truths upon the people around it by every political and military means.” Croton, the Greek colony in Southern Italy where Pythagoras took up residence in middle life, raised an army under his regime that “in the bitter earnest of [its] gospel of duty duly wrecked gay Sybaris and branded it forever a city without morals.” What was that “gospel”? It consists of the “enthusiasms of a sober spirit, cold intensities, dry mysticism, [and] pedantic ecstasy.”

Pythagoreanism belongs under the category of Puritanism. Spengler defines Puritanism as a symptom of dour old-age: “It lacks the smile that had illumined the religion of the Spring… the moments of profound joy in life, the humour of life.” The destruction of Sybaris, around 510 BC, finds affirmation in both history and archaeology; the city suffered such violence that its survivors had to abandon it and take up residence elsewhere, as in Thurii. The wrath unleashed against Sybaris has lodged in the collective memory, Spengler speculates, “because it was the climax of a wild religious war… an explosion of the same hate that saw in Charles I and his gay Cavaliers not merely doctrinal error, but also worldly disposition as something that must be destroyed root and branch.” Furthermore, “A myth purified and conceptually fortified, combined with rigorous ethical precepts, imbued the Pythagoreans with the conviction that they would attain salvation before all other men.” The South-Italian cities that had come under the sway of the collective enthusiasm eventually found the furor too much to bear. Inspired by Spengler, the scholar Kurt von Fritz issued his book Pythagorean Politics in Southern Italy in 1940. Von Fritz pieces together a simultaneous multi-city uprising that in the space of a few days wreaked vengeance on the Pythagorean committees, burned down their lodges, and suppressed the fanatical portion of their following. Spengler notes that the Pythagorean writings, such as the Golden Tablets, make the promise to loyal adherents of elevation to godhood. That degree of self-satisfaction and self-righteousness could only — and soon — draw forth condign reaction.

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Terror at a Paris Shopping Center

Earlier today an unidentified gunman carrying what was described as a Kalashnikov appeared at a shopping center in Paris. The unfortunate gentleman, presumably suffering from some form of mental illness, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhbar!” (which is Arabic for “Down with systemic racism!”) while terrorizing shoppers.

The shopping center was evacuated. Some witnesses said they heard what sounded like gunshots, but no injuries were reported. Police were unable to find the gunman, and then inexplicably called off the search for the suspect.

The following video is a report on the incident by the German vlogger Unblogd. Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Below are excerpts from the accompanying article at RAIR Foundation:

Paris: Police Inexplicably Call Off Search for ‘Allahu Akhbar’ Gunman at Les Quatre Temps Shopping Center

by Amy Mek

This morning, June 30, a manhunt was deployed in the business district of La Défense, at a shopping center just outside Paris, Les Quatre Temps (also known as 4-Temps). Police called off the investigation with the unnerving explanation that they could not find a suspect.

In 2015, this specific shopping center was singled out as a terror target in video released by Al Shabaab, the same terrorist group that killed 60 people in a Kenyan mall in 2013.

A shopper at Les Quatre Temps first reported that he had spotted a man carrying a machine gun around 9:30 am “confirming what several witnesses report.” Additionally, according to International news organization ok diario, “others claimed to have seen someone throw a glass bottle on the ground to the cry of ‘allahu akbar’.”

One female witness at the shopping center “heard explosions resembling gunshots”. She adds, “There was a crowd movement then everyone ran out.” Another witness named Olivia who is employed a Cafe in the center agrees, “I heard two shots. I was panicked. I went out and ran. “

The military and police completely locked the entire area, including La Defense train station and evacuated terrified shoppers who can be scene rushing out with their hands raised over the heads.

According to a news correspondent citing a police source, the man on the loose is “athletically built, wearing a black mask and is carrying a machine gun.”

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“Allahu Akhbar!” in Rimini

Late Thursday night a North African culture-enricher went on a rampage in the Italian resort town of Rimini, terrifying residents and first responders.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating these two brief cell phone clips, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling.

Video 1:

Video 2:

Below is an article about the incident, also translated by FouseSquawk, from Il Giornale:

“Italy is a sh**. Allahu Akhbar!” The fury of the immigrant during the night at Rimini

Fear in the night between Thursday and Friday in the Romagna city where a Maghrebian [North African], together with his South American companion, caused chaos, brandishing rods and throwing chairs onto the street that had been taken from a business.

by Giuseppe de Lorenzo, Fabio Franchini
June 13, 2020

“Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!” It was tense last night in Rimini, where an immigrant exploded for several minutes, also hitting an ambulance with a rod and railing against the police.

It all lasted about two hours, from 10:30 pm to midnight, in the area along the beach. Together with the agitated 44-year-old Maghrebian was also a Brazilian woman, 37 years of age, the man’s companion. The woman was also was no less agitated; on the contrary, according to what was told to Il Giornale by a resident, the South American woman was yelling continuously and loudly. The couple, in a strong state of intoxication — based on exams conducted subsequently, which showed that they were under the influence of alcohol and drugs — put on a “show”, furiously arguing on the street and blocking automobile traffic passing through. The two, in fact, consumed with anger, were throwing objects of various types on the ground, such as some chairs taken from a business at the intersection, bins, and flower pots. (Watch video)

The apex, in fact, was when the immigrant brandished two pieces of chairs and was banging them together yelling, “Allahu Akhbar! Allahu Akhbar!”, frightening the people inside the blocked vehicles and the witnesses of the scene on the balconies of their houses and hotels.

An ambulance, upon being notified by worried passers-by and residents, arrived at the scene, with two police patrols arriving later, and a third arrived to provide support. Before the officers arrived at the scene, the two agitated persons had time and means to fight with the medical health personnel of 118, literally hitting them with rods. (Watch video).

The arrival of uniformed men brought a bit of calm, but not without difficulty, given that the officers had a lot to do to calm down the North African man and the South American woman, who also resisted getting in the ambulance. Among other things, the Maghrebian at first challenged and provoked the police with words like this: “This is the law of your sh**-country. If you touch me, I will report you. You are just a******s here”.

Once handcuffed and taken to the police headquarters, both were placed under arrested for resisting and injuring public officials, and directly processed. The judge, in validating the arrests, banned the Tunisian man and the Brazilian woman from residing in Rimini. (Watch video).

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Ten Rules for Politicians

Ten Rules for Politicians

by Michael Copeland

1.   Pretend only a minority of Muslims are of concern.
2.   Tell everyone they are warped misunderstanders.
3.   Tell everyone the Muslim clerics will help.
4.   Gain publicity at every Islamic holy event.
5.   Praise Muslims and Islam at every chance.
6.   Give Muslims positions of influence.
7.   Increase aid to Muslim countries.
8.   Pressure voters to pretend Muslims are no problem.
9.   Curb freedom of speech.
10.   Silently spend a fortune on counter-terrorism.
 

Hat tip: comment by PJG

Islam is Incompatible With Democracy

The following essay by Michael Copeland was originally published at LibertyGB, and has been updated by the author since then.

Islam is Incompatible With Democracy

by Michael Copeland

Sharia law, the European Court ruled,

“is incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy”.

What is Sharia law? It is the body of rules which together define Islam. Fouad Belkacem, “Abu Imran” of Sharia4Belgium, helpfully explains:

“Sharia is Islam, to be clear: there is no difference between Islam and Sharia.”

Pause for a moment to take in the weighty import of these two statements. It is a serious one: Islam is incompatible with democracy. “Incompatible”, as we know, means “does not go together, will not mix, is at variance with”, and so on, as fox is to henhouse. The well-informed observant Muslim Anjem Choudary makes it clear:

“Democracy, liberalism, freedom, and so on need to be destroyed. … So be part of the project … of calling for the Sharia.”

What have Western leaders been doing giving room to a system that will not mix with Western freedoms, is at variance with domestic law and seeks to destroy it? It is a dire failure by them to uphold the constitution — our rules for how we are governed.

We in the West have grown accustomed to relying on the fundamental principles of democracy. Many of us who have never really thought it through erroneously assume that these are cast in concrete, and there is no need to be concerned about them or for them. This assumption is dangerously wrong. Democracy’s fundamental principles are not made of rock. Fought over, gathered together, discussed and agreed, they are written on paper in laws, and are expressed by being upheld. A wise lady wrote, “Love does not sit there like a stone. It has to be made anew, like bread.” Likewise, fundamental principles do not sit there like stones: they have to be upheld and defended.

Now a strange malaise has afflicted Western administrations. Curious to observe, some laws are not being upheld. In the UK the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression were not upheld in Walthamstow in 2012 when the English Defence League’s demonstration, all properly arranged with the authorities beforehand, was left unprotected by the police who were present. The demonstrators’ rights were overridden. Further, and far more culpably, no action was taken against violent law-breakers — Muslims and Antifa — who threw missiles and prevented any speeches from being made.

Democracy died on September 1st”,

Paul Weston perceptively and prophetically declared to the demonstrators. Watching it die were those paid to keep it in good order. They have failed. These are failures of government. Paul Weston afterwards delivered the epitaph:

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Jihad in the Time of Corona

There has been another terror bust in Spain. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from El Mundo:

Terrorism — Anti-Jihadist Operation

Police strike against jihadism in Ciudad Real after detaining two persons who were finalizing a cell for a strike

National Police carry out several searches after checking the intensity of the radicalization of the arrestees on Internet

National Police are carrying out an anti-jihadist operation this Wednesday in Ciudad Real, specifically in Bolaños de Calatrava — being the second such operation carried out in recent days after the Civil Guard detained a presumed jihadist in Barcelona [background here] who intended to perpetrate terrorist acts.

There have been at least two arrests in the operation by the General Commissariat of Information, according to sources in the fight against terrorism, who advise that one of the arrested men was trying to create a jihadist cell with which to carry out attacks. The agents, who are in full action, are carrying out several searches in the area.

The information that precipitated the capture was detected through networks habitually used on the Internet by radicals. The case is in the planning phase and is being coordinated by the National Court.

The agents decided to act after checking the intensity of the radicalization of the now-arrested men. At least one of them was bypassing the rules of confinement decreed by the state as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis, which increased the tension of the counter-jihad specialists.

It Has Nothing of Value

What are all these people referring to?

It Has Nothing of Value

Compiled by Michael Copeland

Originally published 11 July 2017 at LibertyGB

It has nothing of value to bring.
— Pat Condell, YouTube commentator

It makes life barren and empty. It encourages a savage pride and cruelty. It makes men tyrants or slaves, women puppets…
— James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888) [top picture], American theologian

…a state of permanent hostility…
— Karl Marx

…it is the principal cause of decadence so visible in [their] world today…
— Alexis de Tocqueville

…morally rancid ideology… that brings nothing good whatsoever.
— Fahrenheit211 (website)

…it has violated all ten of the Ten Commandments.
— Nonie Darwish

[It] will never become a part of liberal secularism.
— Mazin Abdul Adhim, imam in Canada

…totally incompatible with Western democracy.
— Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Canada

It is an Arab war pitting an ideology of slavery, violence and submission against an ideology of freedom, humanity, civility and respect for life.
— Dov Berrol (commenter, Jihad Watch)

[It]… never brings wealth anywhere it comes.
— ‘Mike’ (commenter, Jihad Watch)

…building a future where the living envy the dead.
— ‘the thought offender’ (commenter, Gates of Vienna)

For previous essays by Michael Copeland, see the Michael Copeland Archives.

Stockholm Syndrome? Or a Sincere Conversion to Islam?

A young Italian aid worker named Silvia Romano was recently released by the Islamic terrorist group Al Shabaab after being held hostage for the past year and a half. Al Shabaab was paid an undisclosed amount of ransom in exchange for the girl’s freedom, and has announced that it will use the money to finance jihad.

Ms. Romano converted to Islam during her captivity. Upon her return to Italy, she told her debriefers that her conversion was sincere and voluntary. It’s still to early to assess the likelihood that what she says is true, especially since she could well be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, and may be unable to evaluate her own sincerity with any reliability.

She was almost certainly raped by her captors as a part of her ordeal. The level of psychological trauma she has endured is difficult to imagine.

The following news report shows Ms. Romano’s return to Italy. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Below is an article from Il Giornale (also translated by FouseSquawk) about the conversion of Silvia Romano:

Islamic expert on the conversion of Silvia Romano: “She could have asked for the Koran to better understand her kidnappers.”

Upon her return, the Milanese aid worker confirmed that her conversion was by choice. The Islam expert Paolo Branca tried to explain the passages of the story. “It is evident that had the kidnappers been of another religion or atheists, it would have been less probable that there would have been a request for of a copy of the Koran, not to mention followed by a conversion.”

by Giovanna Pavesi
May 11, 2020

She arrived at 2:10 pm on a Sunday afternoon in May at Ciampino [Rome airport] after 18 months in captivity divided between Kenya and Somalia. Silvia Romano, the Milanese aid worker kidnapped in the village of Ghakama, 80 kilometers from Malindi, on November 20, 2018, and freed two days ago near Mogadishu, was able to embrace her family again.

The first image of her descending the steps of the flight that brought her home was one of a girl tightly dressed in a long, green, traditional Somali dress and a veil on her head, which was never removed.

For the psychologists in the secret services, who first listened to her story in Somalia, Silvia Romano reportedly told them that she had converted to Islam. Without, however, any duress on the part of her kidnappers. The young aid worker, in fact, was interviewed by the public prosecutor’s office of Rome, Sergio Colaiocco, and by anti-terrorist offices, who, in these months, have followed her case, and who have reportedly confirmed her choice.

“It’s true; I converted,” the 25-year-old reportedly explained during her long interview yesterday afternoon. She reportedly told the Ros [Special Operations Group] Carabinieri that she cried through all the initial months of captivity and had embraced the Islamic religion halfway through her kidnapping without any duress: I asked to be able to read a Koran and I was accommodated.” As reported this morning by Corriere della Sera, the aid worker also reportedly chose to change her name to Aisha. “I read the Koran, and prayed. My reflection was long, and at the end, a decision was made,” the young woman reportedly explained. Paolo Branca, an Islam expert and a teacher of the history of religions at the Catholic University of Milan, was consulted by Il Giornale. He explained how, in cases like this, there is often a trauma at the origin of the detachment from the faith, perhaps, from their own family members, and Branca tried to interpret the signs (visible and hidden) based on what Silvia said in her first hours of freedom.

Professor Branca, the conversion of Silvia is the object of great discussion in these hours. Are cases of this kind frequent in the history of kidnappings?

“In my personal experience, having known both Christians who converted to Islam and Muslims who became Christian, I think I can say, in general, that a step like this is never banal. You don’t change religions like drinking a glass of water. Even in ‘normal’ conditions, there is often a trauma at the origin of the detachment from the faith of their own parents, and it is not a coincidence that many see themselves as being obligated to denigrate the abandoned religion more than to glorify the new one.”

Amanda Lindhout, the Canadian freelance journalist kidnapped in August 2008 by an Islamist cell in Somalia, was set free in 2009 after months of captivity in which she was tortured and raped. She also appeared veiled, and only declared some time afterwards that she converted in order to survive. Up to what point can a hostage be said to be free to choose and totally free of the pressure of her captors, in your opinion?

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Busted in Barcelona

The video and article below concern yesterday’s arrest in Barcelona of an operative for the Islamic State.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating the article, and to Vlad Tepes for uploading the video:

The article from La Vanguardia:

Profoundly radicalized Jihadist arrested in Barcelona

The individual had sworn loyalty to Daesh (ISIS) and demonstrated the will to carry out a terrorist action

The Civil Guard has arrested a Moroccan citizen in Barcelona linked to Daesh, and who demonstrated the will to carry out a terrorist action.

The individual was arrested this morning in a dwelling on Calle Josep Anselm Clavé [street], between Passatge de la Pau and Nou de Sant Francese Street in the district of Cuitat Vella, Barcelona, He had shown signs of radicalization and an affinity for the Islamic State for at least four years.

The police blocked traffic in the street where he resides, and agents of the Armed Institute [Civil Guard] searched the residence until shortly before 12 noon. Agents of the Civil Guard transported the arrestee in a van at 11:47, accompanied by three police vehicles in front and another behind.

The individual came out of the building dressed in black with a mask covering his mouth and nose also with a plastic visor in front, which fell off at the moment in which he was placed in the police van.

Until recently, the process of radicalization was apparently discreet, both on the physical level as on the virtual level, and in no way was he identified as a major actor. It was precisely during the current state of alarm, according to the Civil Guard, that the radicalization of the individual was activated in a “highly noticeable and concerning manner”.

The arrestee publicly showed his adherence to the terrorist postulates of Daesh and hatred toward the West on social media. In addition, he was observed avoiding the confinement [lockdown] in a habitual manner and without justification, in a possible search for targets.

The principal hypotheses indicate his recent radicalization could be a response to calls made by the leadership of Daesh for solitary actors located in the West to mobilize and perpetrate attacks in their places of residence.

The investigation concluded that it was a real threat to security after the agents verified, among other things, that the arrestee was found to be under the total influence of the propaganda and postulates of Daesh, including sworn fidelity to the terrorist organization.

According to the Armed Institute (Civil Guard), the investigation, directed by Central Court of Investigation #4 and the Public Prosecutor of the National Court, was carried out with the collaboration of the US FBI and General Directorate of Security of Morocco (DGST).

Christians Must Die!

The following video is a representative slice (so to speak) of Modern Multicultural Europe — a “Danish” imam, speaking in Arabic, subtitled in French, and then translated into English for additional subtitling.

The imam is calling on Muslims to unite so that they can fight jihad in the way of Allah and conquer Europe for Islam.

Many thanks to MissPiggy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

On a similar note, here’s a brief news item (also translated by MissPiggy) from the local Austrian news outlet meinbezirk.at reporting on the graffito pictured at the top of this post:

Austria, LILIENFELD COUNTY. This graffito has rightly caused a lot of excitement. The lettering “Christians must die” (“Christen müssen sterben”) can be seen at the Traisen-Markt train stop. Above it, in the same style, the words “Allah Akkbar”. The removal of the graffiti has already been initiated and will cost about €500.

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The Muslim Brotherhood Penetrates the Swedish Defense Forces

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from the Ledarsidona blog:

Muslim Brotherhood established in Swedish total defense

May 2, 2020

In the shadow of the Corona crisis, the Muslim Brotherhood network of organizations has begun to establish cooperation with the defense forces’ civil society organizations. A consortium of ABF (Worker Education Association) and the Swedish Church, which again makes it clear the high level of the Brotherhood’s organization as well as communication skills. A capacity that has been built up over a long time.

Defense trainers are a nationwide voluntary defense organization, and their activity ranges from individual security to defense of the community. Defense trainers are responsible for recruiting, training, and writing up voluntary agreements for both defense forces and crisis readiness.

  • Specialists such as caregivers, scouts, CBRN soldiers (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear), who handle hazardous substances, field cooks and information officers for the Home Guard.
  • Agreements for crisis readiness in order to increase stamina in case of crisis in, for example, communication, health protection, hazardous substances, or nuclear accidents.

Defense trainers are responsible for comprehensive activity within both Sweden’s defense and crisis readiness.

Together with the municipality of Huddinge, defense trainers arrange free digital training in crisis readiness for security. Training consists of three 15-minute films, and there are texts in Arabic, Kurdish, and Turkish as well as in Swedish sign language. The training is offered in cooperation with ABF Huddinge and the Swedish Church in Huddinge, as well as the Ibn Rushd Study Association.

The Ibn Rushd Study Association is one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s network organizations in Sweden. Through personal unions and activity, like for example, the now-defunct Muslim Family Days, there is a direct connection with the Islamic network. Mainly through the connections among Ibn Rushd, Sweden’s Young Muslims, and FIFS, (United Islamic Associations in Sweden), which constitute the links to, among others, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Egyptian organization as well as the Brotherhood’s ideological leader, Yussef al Qaradawi.

It is not only in Johan Westerholm’s “Islamism in Sweden” (Greycat 2020) where personal unions between the Muslim Brotherhood and Ibn Rushd are presented. Also, not least, that the Muslim Brotherhood rests upon a totalitarian and fundamentally fascist ideology.

Within the defense sectors, there is knowledge of this, and the Public Education Council has come to the same conclusion. The Public Education Council’s report on the Ibn Rushd Study Association by Professor Erik Amnå, “When Trust Is Tested”, comes to the same conclusion. Amnå points out earlier warning signals in the form of the report that FOI (Swedish Defense Research Agency) produced for the SST (Swedish Support to Faith Communities) authorities through Rickard Lagervall. This study concluded that the study association, at the founding of the organization, rested upon the Brotherhood’s ideological and theological interpretation of the Koran.

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