Islamist killers work on West’s weaknesses

Islamist killers work on West’s weaknesses, by Jason Thomas.

Despite the horrific murder of three people at the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice on Thursday and the beheading in France last week of history teacher Samuel Paty, many in the West remain too weak to name that enemy. The enemy is Islamist extremism. …

Australian soldiers resting eternally on French soil did not sacrifice their lives to end one tyranny only to have another replace it. To recast a Winston Churchill phrase, the malice of the wicked must not be reinforced by the weakness of the woke. …

The clever al-Qa’ida strategist Abu Musab al-Suri … who in 2005 was arrested in Quetta, Pakistan, wrote a 1600-page book, The Call for Global Islamic Resistance. Demonstrating his appreciation of the West’s weaknesses, al-Suri described a changed strategy that is now playing out on our streets. Al-Suri may not know their names, but his disciples swim in the warm waters of the West until such a moment that they become activated. It is a decentralised network in which every participant’s centre of gravity is metaphysical. They are not given instructions, but they know them.

Islamic politics, virtually unchanged since the seventh century

We are the enemy. Their footsoldiers in this undeclared war are out to eliminate the “grey zone” within Western society where no one can remain neutral. Al-Qa’ida and ISIS understand that the moral asymmetric weakness of the West’s democratic principles allows them to drive Muslims and non­-Muslims into polarising positions. And they identified and cultivated a sympathetic voice among Western institutions, media, academia and civil society. That’s what good insurgents do.

Now big-man global Muslim leaders such as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan reinforce the idea that the teacher’s beheading is the will of Allah. Instead of distancing their faith from this heinous crime, they feed the minds of those who hate us by their vitriol against French President Emmanuel Macron. Erdogan insists Macron is deranged and calls for a boycott of French products. Macron’s crime was to defend France’s national motto, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

Incidentally, it strikes one as odd that if you hate a country and its principles so much, why live there? No refuge was offered by either Erdogan or Khan. …

Killing one individual by someone living among us, using nothing more than a knife, has deep psychological and mobilising effects on sympathisers and opponents. The tactic is so cheap to deploy, so simple to implement, and almost impossible to detect. And deadly attacks replicate through self-sacrifice. When one dies it inspires other like-minded extremists.

Our freedoms, laws and human rights are being exploited to attack us. Then those freedoms are used to defend the same terrorists. It is what US military strategist William Lind describes as fourth-generational warfare. …

Andrew Hastie, as chairman of parliament’s intelligence and security committee, has explained that our terrorist threat level remains at “probable”. This means a significant number of individuals retain the intent and capability to attack us. This year 11 convicted terrorists will be released from prison into the Australian community. Think yourself lucky we are not in the UK where it is estimated 40,000 people are on MI5’s potential terrorist list, with 3000 identified as a direct threat. The task of monitoring them all requires being lucky always.

The Islamist extremist global insurgency has unfinished business. Given our military history and cultural ties, an attack on France is an attack on our own.

When are our leaders going to stop genuflecting to woke and actually protect us?