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Why the London Terror Attack Happened Now

By Jonathan Cook

June 05, 2017

One has to wonder why terrorists like those who struck on Saturday night in London, and earlier in Manchester, launched their attacks now. It is difficult not to infer that their violence was timed to influence the UK election this coming Thursday.

Those behind the attack – whether those carrying it out or those dispatching the terrorists – want to have an effect. Terrorism is the use of indiscriminate violence for political ends. It has a logic, even if it is one we mostly do not care to understand.

So What Do These Terrorists Hope To Achieve?

Based on prior experience, they will assume that by striking now they can increase fear and anger among the British population – intensifying anti-Muslim rhetoric, justifying harsher “security” responses from the British state and shifting political support towards the right. That is good for their cause because it radicalises other disillusioned Muslim youth. In short, it brings recruits.

Islam is not exceptional in this regard. This is not a problem specifically of religion. As experts have repeatedly pointed out, disillusioned, frustrated, angry (and mainly male) youth adopt existing ideologies relevant to them and then search for the parts that can be twisted to justify their violence. The violent impulse exists and they seek an ideology to rationalise it.

Once Christianity – the religion of turning the other cheek – was used to justify pogroms and inquisitions. In the US, white supremacists – in the Ku Klux Klan, for example – used the Bible to justify spreading terror among the black population of the Deep South. White supremacists continue sporadically to use terror in the US, most notably Timothy McVeigh, who was responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

Terrorists can exploit secular ideologies too, on either the far-right or far-left. Just think of the Baader Meinhof Gang or the Symbionese Liberation Army, back in the 1970s. The latter famously made a convert of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing empire magnate William Randolph Hearst (aka Citizen Kane). After she was taken hostage, she quickly adopted the group’s thinking and its violence as her own.

The Islamic terrorists of our time believe in a violent, zero-sum clash of civilisations. That should not be surprising, as their ideology mirrors the dominant ideology – neo-conservatism – of western foreign policy establishments. Both sides are locked in a terrifying dance of death. Both believe that two “civilisations” exist and are incompatible, that they are in a fight to the death, and that any measures are justified to achieve victory because the struggle is existential. We use drones and “humanitarian intervention” to destabilise their societies; they use cars, guns, knives and bombs to destabilise ours.

The dance chiefly takes place because both sides continue it – and it will not be easy to break free of it. Our meddling in the Middle East dates back more than a century – especially since the region became a giant oil spigot for us. The tentacles of western interference did not begin in 2003, whatever we might choose to believe. Conversely, a globalised world inevitably entails one where a century-long colonial battlefield can easily come back to haunt us on our doorsteps.

The solution, complex as it will need to be, certainly cannot include the use by us of similarly indiscriminate violence, more “intervention” in the Middle East, or more scapegoating of Muslims. It will require taking a step back and considering how and why we too are addicted to this dance of death.


Jonathan Cook is a Nazareth- based journalist and winner of the Martha Gellhorn Special Prize for Journalism. jonathan-cook.net

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  • Muslim extremists use Quran 9:29 to condemn non-Muslims and demands Muslims to fight against them.  Let’s meditate the verse below:

     Quran 9:29 (Mohsin Khan translation), “Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allah, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”

     Muslim extremists might even use Quran 9:19 to support that Allah even condemns non-Muslims.  The following is the extract:

     Quran 9:19 (Mohsin Khan translation), “Do you consider the providing of drinking water to the pilgrims and the maintenance of Al-Masjidal-Haram (at Makkah) as equal to the worth of those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah? They are not equal before Allah. And Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).”

     It is erroneous to read Quran 9:19 & 9:29 without reading other verses in the book of Quran.   Quran 9:12 mentions that it was the fault of pagans in the past that fought with Muslims with disapproval and criticism and that caused it to have no choice to fight defensively against non-Muslims as mentioned in Quran 9:19 & 9:29.  The following is the extract:

     Quran 9:12 (Mohsin Khan translation), “But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and attack your religion with disapproval and criticism, then fight (you) the leaders of disbelief (chiefs of Quraish pagans of Makkah) - for surely their oaths are nothing to them - so that they may stop (evil actions).”

     As the phrase, if they..attack your religion with disapproval and criticism, in Quran 9:12 implies that pagans in the past were violent.  The phrase, then fight (you..pagans of Makkah), in Quran 9:12 implies defensive fighting from Muslims against non-Muslims.

     Quran 9:13 (Mohsin Khan translation, “Will you not fight a people who have violated their oaths (pagans of Makkah), and intended to expel the Messenger while they did attack you first? Do you fear them? Allah has more right that you should fear Him if you are believers.”

     The phrase, intended to expel the Messenger, in Quran 9:13 implies that pagans in the past had the intention to expel the Prophet.  The phrase, they did attack you first, in Quran 9:13 implies that pagans in the past fought with Muslims even though Muslims did not fight with them.

     Quran 9:4 encourages Muslims to maintain peace treaty with non-Muslims if there is one.

     Quran 9:4 (Mohsin Khan translation), “Except those of the Mushrikun (see V.2:105) with whom you have a treaty, and who have not subsequently failed you in aught, nor have supported anyone against you. So fulfil their treaty to them for the end of their term. Surely Allah loves Al-Mattaqun (the pious - See V.2:2).”

     As Quran 9:4 encourages Muslims to have peace treaty with Muslims, it is irrational to assume that Quran 9:19 & 9:29 would promote battle between Muslims and non-Muslims.  The reason is simply that Muslims should continue to fight with non-Muslims even though there is peace treaty if Quran 9:19 & 9:29 are meant to promote war between Muslims and non-Muslims.

     From the above analyses above, it would come to the conclusion that the reason for Quran 9:19 & 9:29 to be against non-Muslims was pagans in the past were violent.

     As non-Muslims in this contemporary world are no longer violent as in the past and many would like to live harmony with Muslims, it is erroneous to use Quran 9:19 & 9:29 to encourage Muslims to fight with non-Muslims.

    By zuma - 6/6/2017 11:14:24 PM

  • Muslim extremists abuse Quran 48:29 to demand Muslims to kill non-Muslims.  The following is the extract:

     Quran 48:29 (Mohsin Khan translation), “Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) is the Messenger of Allah. And those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of prostration (during prayers). This is their description in the Taurat (Torah). But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, and becomes thick and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers, that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe (i.e. all those who follow Islamic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم till the Day of Resurrection) and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (i.e. Paradise).”

     Muslim extremists simply use the phrase, He may enrage the disbelievers with them, to support that Muslims should kill non-Muslims without reading Quran 48:22 & 48:25 as follows:

     Quran 48:22 (Mohsin Khan translation), “And if those who disbelieve fight against you, they certainly would have turned their backs; then they would have found neither a Wali (protector, guardian) nor a helper.”

     The phrase, if those disbelieve fight against you, in Quran 48:22 implies the possibility of the danger of Muslims in the past was to face direct persecution from violent pagans.

     Quran 48:25 (Mohsin Khan translation), “They are the ones who disbelieved (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) and hindered you from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) and detained the sacrificial animals from reaching their place of sacrifice. Had there not been believing men and believing women whom you did not know, that you may kill them and on whose account a sin would have been committed by you without (your) knowledge, that Allah might bring into His Mercy whom He wills - if they (the believers and the disbelievers) had been apart, We verily would have punished those of them who disbelieved with painful torment.”

     The phrase, hindered you from Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) and detained the sacrificial animals from reaching their place of sacrifice, in Quran 48:25 implies that violent pagans might fight with Muslims to the extent to hinder them from proceeding to Al-Masjid-al-Haram at Makkah.

     As a result of the violence from pagans in the past, Quran 4:29 demands defensive fighting against them since pagans in the past were a danger to Muslims.

     Quran 4:29 could not be applicable to this contemporary world due to modern Muslims are not violent as compared in the past and some would live in harmony with Muslims.

    By zuma - 6/6/2017 10:37:00 PM

  • Muslim extremists uses Quran 47:35 to condemn those Muslims who seek peace and do not fight with non-Muslims. Let’s meditate this verse below: Quran 47:35 (Mohsin Khan translation), “So be not weak and ask not for peace (from the enemies of Islam) while you are having the upper hand. Allah is with you, and He will never decrease the reward of your good deeds.” Again, Muslim extremists always misinterpret Quran by reading one verse without reading other verse in the same chapter. Let’s meditate Quran 47:32 below for the same chapter before concluding whether they are right or wrong: Quran 47:32 (Mohsin Khan translation), “Verily, those who disbelieve, and hinder (men) from the Path of Allah (i.e. Islam), and oppose the Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) (by standing against him and hurting him), after the guidance has been clearly shown to them, they will not harm Allah in the least, but He will make their deeds fruitless,” The phrase, oppose the Messenger…by standing against him and hurting him, in Quran 4:32 implies that non-Muslims in the past were violent and would by all means trigger off battle against the Prophet and that gave the reason why Quran 47:35 to condemn these barbaric non-Muslims and demanded Muslims to fight with them. However, non-Muslims in this contemporary world are no longer to be violent as what was indicated in Quran and some would like to live harmony with Muslims. For that reason, it is irrational to use Quran 47:35 to call all Muslims to fight with non-Muslims since they are no longer violent as those pagans in the past.
    By zuma - 6/6/2017 9:31:46 PM

  • Islamic state uses Quran 4:89 to call all Muslims to combat against non-Muslims.  Does Quran 4:89 really support it?
    Quran 4:89 (Mohsin Khan translation), “They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliya' (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allah (to Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم). But if they turn back (from Islam), take (hold of) them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliya' (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them.”
    The phrase, they have rejected (Faith), in Quran 4:89 refers to those believers who have rejected their faith in Allah.  The phrase, They wish that you reject Faith, is mentioned in Quran 4:89 implies that they have tried their own strategy to cause those people who believe in Allah to reject their faith.  As the phrase, take not…protectors or friends) from them, is mentioned in Quran 4:89 with the phrase, They wish that you reject Faith, Quran demands Muslims not to make friends with these people since they have the intention to cause Muslims to reject their faith in Allah. 
    Does Quran 4:89 demands Muslims to kill those Muslims who have the wish to demand Muslims to forsake their faith in Allah?  No, it is not true to support it since one has to read Quran 4:90 in order to jump into the conclusion of what Quran wants them to do.  Let’s meditate subsequent verse in Quran 4:90 as below:
    Quran 4:90 (Mohsin Khan translation), “Except those who join a group, between you and whom there is a treaty (of peace), or those who approach you with their breasts restraining from fighting you as well as fighting their own people. Had Allah willed, indeed He would have given them power over you, and they would have fought you. So if they withdraw from you, and fight not against you, and offer you peace, then Allah has opened no way for you against them.”
    The phrase, if they withdraw from you and fight not against you, in Quran 4:90 implies that these non-Muslims who have rejected their faith in Allah have fought with Muslims.  Thus, it makes a clear cut that the word, kill, in Quran 4:89 must refer to defensive fighting instead of aggressive fighting since Muslims as mentioned in Quran 4:90 are under attack by non-Muslims.  It is erroneous to read Quran 4:89 without reading the subsequent verse in Quran 4:90 to jump into the conclusion that Muslims should fight with non-Muslims if they have originally believed in Allah and yet have forsaken their faith due to some reason.  Quran 4:90 gives a vivid explanation that the reason why Quran 4:89 demands Muslims to fight is non-Muslims did attack Muslim first as mentioned in Quran 4:90.
    As the phrase, if they withdraw from you and fight not against you, is mentioned in Quran 4:90 with the phrase, Allah has opened no way for you against them, it implies that Quran demands Muslims not to fight with those Muslims who have rejected their faith in Allah on the condition that they have ceased their battle with Muslims.
    Now situation is different is that Muslim extremists call all the Muslims to fight with those non-Muslims in this contemporary world who do not fight with Muslims and some even would like to live harmony with Muslims.
    The reason why Muslim extremists would take action against non-Muslims is simply they only read the first part of Quran 4:89 without reading Quran 4:90 and that has led to their wrong interpretation of Quran.
    Muslim extremists have ignored the command as laid out in the book of Quran and that is, make not mischief on the earth.  The following is the extract:
    (سورة البقرة, Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #11)-Mohsin Khan translation.
    ‘And when it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "We are only peace-makers."
    By zuma - 6/6/2017 9:04:00 PM

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