While President Obama continues to insist ISIS is “contained” to Syria and Iraq, the world is learning otherwise.
In a new manifesto released online this month called “Black Flags from the Islamic State,” the group reveals its plans to expand into Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and most concerning, India, the largest democracy in the world, and fourth most populous country.
According to the Indian Express, “The Islamic State’s strategy, the manifesto states, is to “do hit and run tactics and then go into hiding so (the world) can waste millions or billions of Euros on 100,000-plus police, investigators, and it can shut down its major cities and lose its money”.
It claims that the shutdown after the Paris terror attack cost Belgium 53 million Euros per day. “For what,” it asks. “To hunt 20 people who have basic AK-47 rifles which cost a few thousand dollars maximum.”
Future attacks, it states, “will make groups in the West attack Islam and Muslims in Europe, forcing Muslims in the West to pick up weapons and start a fight to defend themselves”.
The key to building successful covert cells, it states, is recruiting individuals whose commitment can be vouched for, and not using electronic devices. Fugitive Paris attack mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud, it states, did not use phones or e-mail to communicate with other members of the cell, which carried out the plot.”
However, it appears the world’s largest democracy suffers from the same political correct delusions as our own.
According to the Gatestone Institute, “ISIS flags and insignia are regularly displayed at protest rallies and religious gatherings in the Muslim-majority province of Kashmir. In July, the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Fitr was marked by widespread vandalism and stone-throwing, carried out by rioters waving Pakistani, Palestinian and ISIS flags.
Instead of tackling the problem head-on, Indian Muslim organizations continue to deny the presence of the Islamic State and its affiliates in the country. On December 9, 2015, the umbrella body of Muslim organizations, the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM), issued a press release calling the reports of ISIS’s penetration into India “baseless and misleading.”
India’s Prime Minister Modi’s government has reacted to the heightened security threat posed by ISIS with a new counter-terrorism strategy. The measures could best be described as an attempt at “social engineering,” with the government pledging more spending on education and employment programs in the hope of keeping Muslim youths away from the influence of radical Islamists.”
Vijeta Uniyal, writing for Gatestone, says “The problem with this approach is that it addresses a problem that is not relevant. Most of the Indian Muslims known to have joined the ranks of ISIS seem to come from affluent families and hold professional degrees. All of them had the means to travel abroad to join ISIS — in a country where the majority of people earn less than 3 dollars a day. Poor people are too busy just trying to exist.
If poverty were driving people to commit acts of terrorism, why are Indian’s Hindus not lining up to join their version of “jihadi” outfits?”
Clearly it’s not only here in the West where political correctness may prove to be the greatest impediment to extinguishing radical Islam. I shudder to think what it’s going to take to wake people up.
[Note: this article was written by Michele Hickford]