Terrorism in Boston highlights growing and changing Islamic jihad

The conversation about the attack in Boston continues for now, but it is important to keep the dialogue going to find solutions. Photo: AP

CHARLOTTEApril 24, 2013 – More than a week after the Boston Marathon bombings, we are still analyzing what happened. That is a good thing. Perhaps, just perhaps, the Boston attack has finally created the wake up call we need.

The world has a problem and, admit it or not, that problem is Islamic terrorism. Many people trace radical Islam to 9/11/2001. Andrea Tantaros of The Five on FOX News Channel stated it can be tracked all the way back to Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary pirates in the early 19th century.

The reality of the Barbary pirates pre-dates Jefferson over two hundred years to the 16th century.

Unfortunately, the history of Islamic jihad is even older. From the time of Muhammad in the 6th century until today, a period of nearly 1,400 years, radical Islam has spread its scourge throughout the world.

Another commentator on The Five, Bob Beckel, continues to urge Muslims to practice the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, but Beckel has it completely wrong. Muslims who commit Islamic terror are already following the lessons of Muhammad as it is written in the Koran. That is the root cause of their ideology.

For now, the dialogue about how to solve the growing disease of global terror is progressing. In a 24/7 news cycle, however, the question remains how long do we continue to pursue the search for legitimate solutions?

Until Boston, North Korea was the hot topic for days, even weeks. How often have we heard about North Korea in the aftermath of the marathon attack? Hopefully our attention span is not so short that we are unable to make a legitimate effort to rid ourselves of epidemic of Islamic terror.

To establish viable solutions we must remain vigilant. All it really takes is constant monitoring and a willingness to do something about it.

We have heard much about the article in Al-Qaeda’s Insight magazine which described how to make homemade bombs in explicit detail.

In a story posted on The Washington Times Communities on March 6th of this year, this column wrote about that Insight article.

The point is, if it is possible to monitor such activities from an office computer, why is it not feasible for government agencies or the media, which have far more resources and personnel, to be aware of or follow up on such potentially dangerous issues?

Whenever such events take place we are inundated by liberal analysts and Muslim apologists who remind us that not all Muslims are terrorists. While that may be true, it is also true that more than 80 percent of the terrorism arrests that have been made in this country since 9/11 have been perpetrated by Muslim Islamists.

The time has come for those moderate or “good” Muslims to step up and renounce the acts of those who adhere to the literal teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and which were revived by Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab in Saudi Arabia.

Some say moderate Muslims do not speak up due to fear of retaliation. That is understandable, but it is also indicative of the larger problem and confirms the denials that Muslims make when they refuse to admit the violent aspects of their religion.

Attempting to assert that the Tsarnaev brothers lived in the United States for ten years, during which one became an American citizen, is irrelevant. It fails to recognize the more pertinent thinking of jihadi terrorists who view Muslims as victims. This is vital to understanding their beliefs.

Islamic terrorism is an amoeba that continuously changes its shape and adapts to the environment in which it exists.

Osama bin Laden’s approach of grand events that massacre thousands of people at one time, has morphed into more localized, smaller attacks, but the philosophy behind the attacks remains the same and so do the goals.

There is an old saying which goes, “When my ship comes in, I’ll probably be at the airport.”

We must look at terrorism the same way. Since 9/11, airport security has become so intrusive that flying is now a major hassle for travelers. But on a Monday afternoon in April as TSA was scanning passengers at Boston’s Logan Aairport, two bombs went off at a sporting event in the streets of the city.

No other people on the face of the earth are more resourceful than Americans when we put our minds to it. It is time to utilize those resources to solve this problem and find bona fide solutions.

A cure cannot be found, however, until we honestly recognize that we have a disease that must be eradicated.

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Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in CharlotteNCTaylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to SwitzerlandFrance and Italy for groups of 12 or more.

Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others.

As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 71 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.




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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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