Russian bombings are a warning. Is anybody listening?

The Middle East is a complex region, but it can also be simplified in ways that are not difficult to understand. Reasons for the Russian bombings. Photo: Pre-Olympic attacks in Russia/AP

CHARLOTTEJanuary 1, 2014 – It is no coincidence that the recent wave of terror in Russia happened just before the Winter Olympics are set to begin in Sochi next month.

Islamic jihadists delivered several messages in the aftermath of their destruction, not the least of which was an attempt at global intimidation on multiple levels.

Understanding Muslim radicalism at its lowest common denominator can be simplified in just three words; intolerance, victimization and justification. Nearly every act of terrorism can be traced to this triumvirate of causes.

Before embarking upon the motivations for the Russian bombings, however, we must first ask where was al Qaeda in all of the chaos? Since American media believes terrorism does not exist unless it is committed by al Qaeda, the violence in Russia must certainly be of no consequence.

The reality is that terrorism can be perpetuated by any organization with a propensity for destruction. Al Qaeda is just one of many. The massive slayings in Russia is proof positive that pointing fingers at specific groups is of little or no importance. Whether or not al Qaeda was involved in the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya in 2012 carries little significance in the overall scheme of events.

As for Russia, all a non-Muslim needs to know, other than the three words above, is that there is no joy in Islam. Islam is devoid of happiness. It has no cheer, no music, no decoration, no color. As far as Muslims are concerned, if there can be no joy in their own lives, then no one else should be happy either.

Go to a shopping mall during Ramadan and find any semblance of celebration that differentiates the Holy Month from any other day in the year.

The same is true of music. The only music in Islam is the chanting from minarets when believers are called to prayer. Imagine a world where music does not exist. How can there be happiness where there is no song of celebration?

Mosques in Saudi Arabia are colorless. Decoration is forbidden. To decorate a mosque would be tantamount to idol worship. That is the very reason Muslims reacted so violently when Muhammad was depicted in a Danish cartoon or the prophet was mocked in a YouTube video.

Islam in its purest incarnation is not unlike a small child who throws a tantrum when a sibling or a friend gets a piece of candy that he or she cannot have. Why should someone else be allowed to enjoy something that they cannot have for themselves?

In February the world is scheduled to meet in a celebration of athleticism and competition. It should be an international festival where countrymen cheer their native sons to victory and the world unites for a span of time, no matter how brief, where the human spirit determines the victors rather than bombs.

But that is not acceptable in the world of jihad. Fun is anathema to the dire seriousness of life. There can only be joy in death. And so, like the child who cannot have the candy, the jihadists let the world know they will not be allowed to play without consequences and violence.

Word one: Intolerance

Without being a victim, Muslims have little justification for their actions. Therefore, nobody is better at being victimized than an Islamic jihadist. Paranoia is the national pastime of Saudi Arabia and “CYA” is the primary rule of business. Always find a way to blame someone else whensomething goes wrong.

It doesn’t take much to be a victim. Perception rather than reality is frequently the bulk of the battle. In July of last year jihad leader Doku Umarov warned the Russians about hosting the winter games in Sochi saying Muslims should “use maximum force on the path of Allah to disrupt this Satanic dancing.” Again, if we can’t do it, then no one else should be able to either.

Word two: Victimization

Once “victimized” then justification easily follows. Finding a reason for an act of terror is the easiest thing in the world to do. After all Hillary Clinton claimed it was a YouTube video that caused Benghazi. No matter how incredulous a reason may seem in the West, it is always logical in the Middle East.

Word three: Justification

Unfortunately we have a problem in the U.S. called “Islamophobia” where political correctness overrides rational thinking. Therefore, in large part thanks to a president who wears blinders, it is difficult to differentiate between an Islamic extremist and a so-called moderate Muslim in this country.

Which for the moment means that bombs will continue to wreak havoc and the world will just have to stop enjoying itself. 

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (  

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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 ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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