The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or commonly known as the Islamic State (IS) has been the most dangerous terrorist force in the last few years. Having separated itself from the terrorist network Al-Qaeda and arisen from the civil war in Syria, it emerged out of the vast territories which they have controlled by Sharia law* with the intention of creating the true Caliphate**.
IS is not an organized group, and it is not an organization with a defined number of militants and arms. On the contrary, it has become a sophisticated military squad with elite training. It has apart from this tremendous mobility and a devastating propaganda machine. IS is simply put the next stage of extremist Islam. But a state of this type would not have had initial success without economic and political allies. IS didn’t become a force to be reckoned with overnight. Various authorities supported it, sheikhs financed it in order for it to have a global presence, as well as pacts with criminals and mafias, etc.
We will not join in with the demonization of the media when addressing the cause of radical Islam from its first initial acts of “barbarism” until now. We also distance ourselves from any “moral of attack”. We state that there is something that can be learned from the IS, notably in its terror strategy, as we describe below. I clarify that perhaps this subject makes people uncomfortable or is deemed inappropriate for some. So if you, the reader of this analysis, are not familiar with the themes of amorality and the Nietzschean extramoral of nihilist terrorists, I recommend that you skip this article. Only some will be able to read and understand this without any Christian-humanist pangs of conscience. Some will also say that the IS is fascist, but really I don’t care about that. You could retort by saying that the West is fascist as well but it’s all the same to me. I’m not going to parade around my “political consciousness” since I consider myself to be an anti-political individualist. So to those who consider me a fascist for saying that we can learn things from IS, I say that I don’t care about their opinions. Politics isn’t my strong suit. This subject needs to be looked at through the glasses of amorality.
Friday the 13th: The day of “bad luck”
On Friday, November 13th 2015 in Paris, France, while the youth enjoyed Western weekend entertainments such as attending concerts, chatting in cafes, and watching a soccer match, three IS groups consisting of nine French, Belgian, and Iraqi jihadists attacked the emblematic city. They went after the defenders of “liberty,” “equality,” and “fraternity;” values contrary to Islam.
Three suicide bombers with bomb vests of peroxide acetone, having been frustrated from their attempts to enter their target of the Stadium of France, blew themselves up outside the friendly match between France and Germany. Among those in attendance at the match were 80,000 fans along with French President François Hollande.
At the same time, a second group attacked various bars, cafes, and restaurants with AK47 assault rifles, firing indiscriminately and blowing themselves up inside of them.
In the same manner, four terrorists arrived at the Bataclan concert venue where the U.S. band, “Eagles of Death Metal,” was playing. They took control of the venue and massacred all who could not escape.
One of the survivors stated, “I saw the face of the man who was shooting. He was a young man just like I am. He acted with precision and determination.”
In this grandiose attack against Western civilization 130 civilians died and more than a hundred were gravely wounded by bullets and the explosives of the suicide bombers. All of the IS combatants died in the attack.
These coordinated attacks were swift, they hit like a tsunami, and they were aimed at killing the maximum number of people in a short amount of time. They struck out and left a deep wound in the French capital. Paris is a city which the Islamic extremists have especially targeted for a variety of reasons. One of these reasons is that it’s a focal point of historic enmity. It is also a city that is the ambivalent crossroads between the West and Islam, as well as the capital of a country that is part of an international coalition that has unleashed a war against the IS.
The Islamic radicals of IS and other groups hate the Western world, its beliefs and traditions. It despises the West’s music, tolerance, drugs, and its civilization as a whole. The IS was is an authentic war against civilization, and even if they would impose an Islamic civilization were they to win against the West, it is still a war, and personally, I don’t have any moral problem learning lessons from it.
Getting back to the main point of how they plan such an attack, it is clear that its sophistication was quite notable. The attackers needed to acquire materials to create the bomb vests, they needed to plan out strategy, they scouted targets and studied them, they acquired arms and rented the car, etc. All of the jihadists who carried out the attacks were trained in Syria and some returned to France as refugees. Once in Paris they had to buy tickets some days in advance, and follow the plan to the letter. That is to say, they had time, money, determination, and ferocity.
The gays: Enemies of Allah
Not all of IS’s attacks have been carried out by persons with that level of complex military training, and many have not required that much money. IS has taught us that to savagely strike a target the only thing necessary is to act in silence, as a lone wolf, and have some basic arms training. This was the case in the June 12th attack at 2:02 am in the gay night club Pulse located in Orlando, Florida. A man armed with a semiautomatic SIG Sauer MCX 14 rifle and a 9 mm Glock pistol began shooting homosexuals who were enjoying their drinks, drugs, music, and promiscuity. One of the survivors confirms that he looked at the face of the attacker and said, “he was laughing while he was firing.”
The bodies of the gay men fell to the ground splashing blood all over the venue. Some shouted like women while they ran away with the attacker continuing to fire.
When the police arrived at the place, the Muslim attacker of Afghan origin named Omar Mir Seddique Mateen had already massacred a little under fifty people, and another fifty were badly wounded. Having run out of ammunition toward the end of the confrontation with the police, the Muslim extremist was shot dead by the SWAT team responding at the scene.
After the Orlando massacre, the media tried to defame the extremist combatant, saying that he had frequented the club before, that he was a repressed gay man himself, and he had called 911 to negotiate with police. All of this was in an effort to portray him as being conflicted or as being a “scorned lover.” In spite of these lies, it was later found out that Omar was not gay, that he despised gays and considered them Western aberrations, that he was an IS combatant, and before the attack he had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State when he called 911.
On this occasion, all it took was a man acting as a lone wolf and sufficient ammunition to cause the maximum number of casualties. The attack could not be prevented by authorities since Omar acted alone. He attacked without warning, he had no accomplices, but he strategically chose a time and a place where he knew there would be opportunities to inflict the greatest number of casualties. He also chose a local venue that encouraged homosexuality, which is a primary target of the IS fighters who fight against the enemies of Allah.
Nice: The road of the dead
One other example of the IS attack that is different from the two examples cited above was the attack that occurred on July 14th, 2016 during the Bastille Day celebration in the French coastal city of Nice. A Tunisian Muslim named Mohamed Lahouaiel Bouhlel drove a transport truck through a crowd for two kilometers, running over dozens of people assembled on the Promenade des Anglais to watch the fireworks. Mohamed was quietly and quickly radicalized by IS propaganda. He drove the truck while he fired a gun at civilians and police who were working during the festivities. Mohamed killed 85 people in this attack and wounded 300 others. The IS combatant was then shot to death by police.
This attack left the French government demoralized and greatly embarrassed since such an action cannot be predicted beforehand. The attack was carried out by someone who had maintained a very low profile. The media tried to portray Mohamed Lahouaiel as having had severe psychiatric problems, or that he was reeling from the psychological and economic effects of a recent divorce. This is a common strategy of defamation used by governments and the media to distract attention from the real intentions of these attacks.
This type of attack was utilized frequently by extremist Palestinians in Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories in 2015. This conflict was named the “Knife Intifada”, and more than 50 assaults with a motor vehicle were committed against Israeli civilians and security agents.
With the Nice attack, a new tragedy shook Westerners while the Caliphate was bombarded by coalition forces in Syria and Iraq.
Equally selective and indiscriminate
The Islamic State’s indiscriminate and selective attacks against masses of people are often combined and mixed together. This happened on July 2nd, 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A group of IS combatants entered a restaurant frequented by business executives and foreign diplomats screaming, “Allahu Akbar,” (God is great) and then they took many of the customers hostage. One by one the customers were hacked to death with machetes. After a firefight with authorities, they were all shot dead, but not before killing two policemen in the melee.
Selective attacks committed by the members of IS also frequently take place. On July 26th, 2016, two Muslim extremists named Malik Petitjean and Adel Kermich entered the church of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray in Normandy in northern France during Mass. Upon entering, they began praying in Arabic which frightened the nuns present. They then took control of the church and approached the Catholic priest Jacques Hamel. Malik and Abel took a sharp knife out of their clothes, made the priest kneel, and then slit his throat. The two combatants were then killed by police upon leaving the church while trying to use the nuns as human shields. This attack caused great indignation in Catholic circles. The terrorists managed to slit the throat of a priest within a church and by that strike out against at the heart of the West.
But not all of the IS attacks have been carried out in this manner. On October 31st, 2015, Airbus Flight A321 of the Russian airline Metrojet exploded after leaving the Egyptian airport Sharm al Sheik en route to St. Petersburg, Russia. It crashed in the province of Sinai killing all 224 people on board. This attack led to Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing his country’s joining of the International Coalition to fight the Islamic State. These Muslim extremists promptly claimed responsibility for the attack. As proof of their responsibility, their magazine, Dabiq, published a photo of the homemade explosive device which they had used to bring down the plane. The device consisted of soda can packed with either plastic explosive or C4 and a detonator, as well as a battery and mechanism that allowed the device to be remotely detonated.
In this case, the cleverness of the terrorists was especially manifest, as well as the lesson that a small homemade explosive device is enough to cause a significant “tragedy.”
Other lessons before the fall of IS
The indiscriminate and selective attacks carried out by IS are quite well thought-out strategically, which is what one should expect from an organization of this type. On the one hand, they seek to inflict a significant number of casualties to get more press coverage at the international level. At the same time, their message is received and captivates the attention of lone wolf actors who can attack at any moment. On the other hand, their attacks cause a great number of non-Muslims to feel increasing hostility towards those who confess that faith, which causes discrimination against all Muslims to increase in Europe and the United States where most of the attacks take place. Muslims then feel alienated and discriminated against, which in turn causes them to take an intransigent attitude, which leads toward radicalization and some pledging loyalty to IS. They then endeavor to take the lives of Westerners.
We should notice then that all of the actions of IS correspond to a global strategy of action and reaction. A vicious circle emerges of confrontation and war against two opposing sides.
Even though in the majority of the cases that we have cited and many that we haven’t, the combatants died in gun fights with the police or by the activation of bomb-vests which blew them apart. This is an indication of the TOTAL dedication that has been shown by the female and male Muslim extremists, which merits MY respect.***
This dedication has characterized Muslims for many years now. It comes from a legacy of confrontation which has been forged by generations of terrorists who, even though they die in every attack, seem to be reborn over and over again.
Just like in the expansion of the old USSR, history seems to be repeating itself with IS: the Islamic Caliphate of Iraq and Syria seems to be coming to an end. What will follow will no doubt be more attacks in retaliation.
From IS one can take many lessons that can help our prosecution of the war against civilization. These range from strategies of combat-propaganda to methods to pass unnoticed by security forces in the virtual and physical realm. You can either learn valuable things from IS or condemn them like the majority of worthless sheep.
*Sharia or Islamic Law is a moral and religious code that punishes those who do not follow it. It has been the subject of controversies of interpretation in all the places where it is established. In the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Sharia is practiced in a strict manner among the population. Drinking, stealing, committing adultery, being a homosexual, fraternizing with infidels, and female disobedience etc. are punished by stoning, whipping, amputation of limbs, jail or the death penalty.
**The Caliphate is a Muslim State as well as a religious and political system governed by a supreme leader known as a Caliph. This system was established by the Prophet Mohammed in the centuries ago.
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