Islam does incubate terrorism
Exhibit A (via Hans Bricks) — Fifteen countries, thirteen years:
29 DECEMBER 1992 – ADEN, YEMEN
A bomb in a hotel kills two tourists.
26 FEBRUARY 1993 – NEW YORK
A bomb explodes in the car park at the World Trade Centre, killing six and injuring more than 1,000.
25 JUNE 1996 – SAUDI ARABIA
19 US servicemen are killed by an explosion in a military complex.
7 AUGUST 1998 – EAST AFRICA
Simultaneous bombings at three US embassies kill 224 and injure 5,000.
12 OCTOBER 2000 – ADEN, YEMEN
A suicide attack on the USS Cole kills 17 US servicemen.
11 SEPTEMBER 2001 – NEW YORK
2,948 die in the New York and Washington attacks.
11 APRIL 2002 – DJERBA, TUNISIA
Truck explodes near an ancient Jewish shrine killing 20 tourists.
8 MAY 2002 – KARACHI, PAKISTAN
A suicide bomber kills 11 French navy experts and three Pakistanis outside the Sheraton Hotel.
14 JUNE 2002 – KARACHI. PAKISTAN
Suicide car bomb at the American consulate kills 12 and injures 45.
12 OCTOBER 2002 – BALI, INDONESIA
Bombs explode outside Sari nightspot on Kuta Beach, killing 202 and injuring 132.
28 NOVEMBER 2002 – MOMBASA, KENYA
Bomb at the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel kills 16 and injures 40, minutes after two missiles narrowly missed an Israeli holiday jet.
12 MAY 2003 – RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
Suicide bombers shoot into housing compounds for expatriates, killing 34.
16 MAY – CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
Five bombs hit a restaurant, a five-star hotel and a Jewish community centre, killing 45 people, including 12 bombers, and wounding about 60.
19 AUGUST – BAGHDAD
Truck bomb devastates the UN headquarters, killing 22.
15 NOVEMBER – ISTANBUL
Two car bombs explode outside synagogues, killing 25.
NOVEMBER 20 – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Bombs at the HSBC HQ and at the British Consulate, killing 30 and wounding over 400.
11 MARCH 2004 – MADRID, SPAIN
191 dead and 1,463 hurt in bomb attacks at Madrid stations.
7 JULY 2005 – LONDON
Blasts on trains and a bus during the rush hour. At least 70 dead.
Just this morning: Armed wing of Islamic Jihad claims Netanya suicide bombing
Unlike Malaya or the Mau-Mau or the IRA, this is a global counter-terrorism operation across widely differing terrain, geographical and psychological. We need to be able to kill, constrain, coerce or coax as appropriate.
Kill terrorists when the opportunity presents itself, as 1,200 “insurgents” were said to have been killed in one recent engagement on the Syria/Iraq border the other day. Constrain the ideology behind Thursday’s bombing by outlawing Saudi funding of British mosques and other institutions. Coerce our more laggardly allies like General Musharraf into shutting down his section of the Saudi-Pakistani-Londonistan Wahhabist pipeline.
But the coaxing is what counts – wooing moderate Muslims into reclaiming their religion. We can take steps to prevent Islamic terrorists killing us, most of the time. But Islamic terrorists will only stop trying to kill us when their culture reviles them rather than celebrates them.
Until then, thinking that “If we don’t provoke them, maybe they will leave us alone” is hokum.
(technorati tag: terrorism)