Though it is impossible to police the entire world, watching northern Mali is important, as it has major significance in terms of global terrorism.
First, the growing brutality in the region refutes the claim that al-Qaeda is no longer a threat since the demise of Osama bin Laden. Regardless of whether al-Qaeda is dead or has reinvented itself is of little consequence because Islamic terrorism is still very much alive, active and growing.
Next, non-Muslims need to sit up and take notice of what the “religion of peace” is doing to the citizens of
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Relating his story to Serge Daniel of IOL News, Oumar added, “They forced my sister into marriage, then a month later her husband divorced her. These barbarians get married to have a good time and when they’re done, they throw the woman away.”
The two main Islamic groups are Ansare Dine, an affiliate of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, andthe Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO).
The two groups imposed Sharia law more than six months ago. As a result, unveiled women have been arrested, a teenage girl was publicly flogged with 60 lashes for talking to men, thieves have had limbs amputated and one unmarried couple was stoned to death.
Despite claims of being true believers in Sharia, many of the infiltrators themselves smoke, drink and use drugs.
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The Islamists are extremely well armed and are attracking the support of even more jihadists from across the continent. Ansar Dine’s leaders recently told AP their plan is to use northern Mali as a base for other operations, which former members say include attacks on US and European targets. In July, Omar Ould Hamaha, a military commander of Ansar Dine, threatened to attack American and European targets and to “conquer the whole world.”
Residents also told AP that Islamists have established two training camps for new recruits in Gao, and they parked broken-down vehicles on the runways to prevent “enemy” planes from landing there. A tragic example of their power is the attacks on the US Consulate in Benghazi, which US Secretary of State Clinton suggested originated from the Islamists in Mali.
Several West African nations are preparing for an international military intervention to evict the marauding Islamists, but so far they have failed to take action. France supports intervention as do regional countries, but military action is complicated by the confusing post-coup situation in the capital.
Even if regional forcess succeed in eliminating the threat in northern Mali, however, the world needs to be aware of the implementation of Sharia that occurs when Muslim extremists take control of a region.
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We must focus on all areas where terrorism thrives, not just the regions that are burning at the moment. Rather than putting out brushfires wherever and whenever they arise, the global community must once and for all decide that it wants to extinguish the entire forest that is ablaze.
That cannot be accomplished until we recognize the evils of Islamic supremacy and cease our apologies for them and to them.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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