The U.S., the U.K. and Canada in Jihad Denial

By Robert Spencer, FPM

src.adapt.480.lowThe denial of the reality of jihad is thicker than ever, even as jihadis advance around the world. And it endangers us all.

Former CIA officer John Maguire revealed this week that the CIA was blindsided by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now controls so much of Syria and Iraq and has designs on a great deal more territory. Maguire attributed the CIA’s underestimating of ISIL’s threat to The Company’s reduced presence in Iraq: “This is a glaring example of the erosion of our street craft and our tradecraft and our capability to operate in a hard place. The U.S. taxpayer is not getting their money’s worth.”

But that isn’t the whole story. Another reason why the CIA was completely surprised by ISIL’s advance was because the Obama Administration has so thoroughly deemphasized the jihad threat, and loudly and repeatedly proclaimed that al Qaeda was the only jihad group – and was, for its part, “on the ropes.” ISIL, an offshoot of al Qaeda in a country where Obama was in a hurry to declare victory and get out was unlikely to be the focus of sustained or serious analysis.

The willful ignorance is all-pervasive. It is a fundamental dogma of our age that the overwhelming majority of Muslims in Western countries are enthusiastic democratic pluralists who reject and abhor not only jihad terrorism, but the elements of Sharia that are at variance with otherwise universally held principles of human rights. This dogma keeps running up against the buzz-saw of reality, but that never seems to make a difference to authorities.

And so it was this week that the UK’s Daily Mail noted that the Metropolitan Police’s Assistant Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said of Britain’s Muslim communities that “there were many cases where ‘warning signs’ about extremists were not brought to the attention of authorities. She also indicated some Muslims were too accepting of radical views, saying it was the police’s ‘greatest challenge’ to make them ‘wholly hostile to violent extremism.’”

How could this be? After all, a core assumption of British intelligence and law enforcement officials is that Muslim communities on the Sceptered Isle unambiguously oppose “violent extremism,” except, of course, for that pesky and ever-present tiny minority of extremists. So why were Muslims sometimes not bringing potential jihadis to the attention of authorities? Of course the obvious reason for this, and for why some Muslims in Britain are “too accepting of radical views,” is because they agree with those “radical views” and consider them to be authentic Islam. But that prospect is so horrifying in its implications that British officials do not dare face it.

Indeed, it is virtually universally accepted that Islam is inherently peaceful, and that only the extremists who misunderstand it (and vicious Islamophobes) think otherwise. So it was that at the University of Calgary, university officials ignored a professor’s warnings about potential jihadists on campus – after all, such a suggestion is “Islamophobic,” is it not?

A Muslim from Calgary, Farah Mohamed Shirdon, is in Iraq waging jihad with ISIL, and a former University of Calgary professor, Aaron Hughes, is saying that he tried to warn university officials that something like this was in the offing.

Hughes said: “I was very much bothered by the conservative nature of the Muslim student body. I was definitely aware of the potential for radicalization on campus. That is another venue in which potential radicalization could occur, so not just at mosques, but also on campus.” However, “I had been mentioning the conservative nature of these students and the university; they just weren’t interested in it.”

These “conservative” students annoyed Hughes by refusing to accept his understanding of Islam: “They made teaching Islam from an objective perspective very difficult because they knew what the ‘real’ Islam was. Of course they didn’t.” Or maybe they did, but Hughes, assured of the fact that Islam was a Religion of Peace, was certain that they were actually ignorant of their own religion, no matter how dedicated to it they were.

University officials, in any case, disregarded Hughes’s warnings. Jihadis on campus? Inconceivable! Islam is a Religion of Peace!

Even terrorism may be peaceful nowadays. Mohamed Hassan Hersi, a Muslim in Toronto who has been convicted of trying to join the jihad terror group al Shabaab, was only engaged, according to his lawyer, in “non-violent terrorism.”

“Non-violent terrorism”? The phrase is as stupid and devoid of content as another popular term these days, “moderate Islamist.”

The world is in flames because of Islamic jihad. Will those flames finally burn away the all-blanketing fog of disinformation, misinformation, and willful ignorance concerning the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat? Perhaps. But there is no telling how much else will be burned away along with it.

June 27, 2014 | 4 Comments »

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  1. Former CIA officer John Maguire revealed this week that the CIA was blindsided by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which now controls so much of Syria and Iraq and has designs on a great deal more territory.

    a crock of crap for fools. they cannot be surprised when they have been aranging arms, funding and training with the GCC, Jordan and Turkey for the last few years.

    Maguire attributed the CIA’s underestimating of ISIL’s threat to The Company’s reduced presence in Iraq: “This is a glaring example of the erosion of our street craft and our tradecraft and our capability to operate in a hard place. The U.S. taxpayer is not getting their money’s worth.”

    next war this experience will bring more money, longer involvement and more profits to the private contractors and suppliers.

    Too many analysts take the narratives at face value, especially the ideological analyses which keep the analyst focused on ideology and religion rather than the real motivations. The ideologies and religions is what the puppet masters employ to motivate and manipulate their puppets. islam is one of the most successful vehicles and tools for controlling and manipulating a population to do anything the master desires; jus ask the saudis. However, the greatness of the tool is not the source of the agenda.

    This proxy war involves the US, EU, Nato, GCC, Turkey, Egypt on one side. Each is involved out of perceived self interest whether national or personal. These players fund, train and manipulate those who are told what ideology(religion) to follow. each player has his obstacles, both political and physical, to overcome:

    Obama must have his constituency of the peace mongers and law followers on his side when he implements the opposite agenda, He has been successful in that regard by appearing to back off Sisi, back of terrorist connections, back of direct syria involvement and now pretending to be going in to fight the “jihadis” for the shia iran (LOL).

    the sunni monarchies are clearly in the western camp for many reasons. They need and love the west as their second home and escape route. all their wealth is in the west. They need to take back their hegemony over the sunni lands from Iran. they need access and pipelines overland to the Med.

    Turkey is in the sunni camp and wishes to be the main controller of energy to europe from the ME. They align with the Iraq kurds and are willing to support their statehood in exchange for the oil deals and a hands off in Turkey. they support the dominance of the Barzani kurds over those running the syrian kurds.

    Egypt needs money, and food for hungry mouths plus needs to lower the number of male aggressive humgry mouths. A mercenary army in exchange for GCC support is the win win solution. they will likely be in the arabian peninsula and next in Africa.

    We already know what the Kurds want.

    the EU needs the energy sources and to be free of vlads choke hold. They need routes not endangered by vlad and the persians. hence the overland route to the med from the arabian peninsula.