It may have been quiet then, but there is plenty of chatter now, and, as you would imagine, much of it is jubilant. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is reporting widespread discussion on numerous jihadi outlets that contain joyful commentaries about the
While at the time of this writing the perpetrators remain at large, one forum wrote “that even if it turns out that Al-Qaeda was not behind the attack, the mere possibility that someone out there might have used information from Inspire to carry out the attack is itself an achievement for Al-Qaeda.”
Inspire is the slick quarterly magazine published by Al-Qaeda. The writer for the Shumoukh Al-Islam Forum was referring to articles in the most recent issue of Inspire that provided specific details about how to make bombs similar to those used in
Such reactions are to be expected from Islamic jihadists who hate all things western, but the level of depravity is frequently inhuman and disgusting in its ferocity. Another jihadi, who goes by the name “Turkestan1”, was ecstatic that he was able to post images of the aftermath of the attack on the Shumoukh website.
One of “Turkestan1’s” photos included a young man with both of his legs blown off being rushed from the scene, to which he commented, “Best image from
Jihadis welcomed the attack on the Ansar Al-Mujahideen English Forum using terms such as “great news” and offering prayers that it was “the result of planning from our (supporters).”
In another reference to the Inspire articles, a member of Al-Fida’, who goes by the name “Bahith2”, had similar comments about the noticeable thus far unclaimed responsibility for the bombing by any individual or group. He further elaborated stating the attack is in line with Al-Qaeda’s latest approach to terrorism to use smaller, more frequent attacks.
As “Bahith2” put it, the “thousand wounds” strategy, which was also mentioned in Inspire, forces increasing financial burdens on the
Some jihadis are urging restraint, but such philosophies are misleading and only tell half of the story. While restraint is proposed by some, what they mean is that they are asking subscribers to wait until more details emerge about the person or persons who committed the attack. Once the specifics are more clearly defined, then they should decide upon their methods of joyful response.
“Bahith2” was not in any way upset by the low casualty figures of the marathon bombing saying that such numbers are no indication of success. To his way of thinking success should be measured by the financial burdens created to detect and prevent future attacks along with increased fear among the American population.
If “Bahith2” is correct in his prediction of more attacks on a smaller scale, the fear he describes could very well become a factor.
The final points stressed by “Bahith2” began with encouragement to fellow members to view the two-part Al-Qaeda video produced in 2011 which emphatically endorses lone-wolf terrorist attacks in the west.
In the meantime, he requested his readers to remain calm for now without attributing the attack in
Such thoughts are totally foreign to American values and sense of morality. It is important to understand and be aware of such ideologies, however, because they magnify the fact that bringing the person or persons who committed these crimes to justice is simply not enough.
There must be a larger, more extensive goal to seek ways to minimize such fanatical ideas at their core. It will be impossible in a society where freedom is so cherished and so ingrained within the fabric of our identity to completely eliminate future incidents such as those in
But to merely track down one individual after another is no more effective than putting out one brushfire after another during a drought.
We must begin to understand this menace for who they are and understand them as they understand us. Otherwise we will never truly find the answers or solutions we so desperately seek.
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