Three bombings on Monday July 4th in Jeddah, Qatif and Medina highlight the fact that Daesh cares nothing for the Muslim faith. The bombing in Medina especially shows this in coming so close to the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad, one of Islam’s most holy sites.
Muslim leaders around the world have reacted to condemn the bombings. And so they should. .More than one leader and groups of leaders expressed outrage that the terrorists have shown contempt for all that Muslims consider sacred.
I applaud the response of Rim-Sarah Alouane, a French researcher in public law, who raised the fact that Muslims themselves are often victims of deadly attacks, and should not be made to apologise en masse for the actions of a few. It is I think a nearly incontrovertible fact that Daesh has caused the deaths of more Muslim’s than any other group of people designated as enemies.
The death toll was not large at Medina. But even one death by terrorism is one too many. The Medina attack was carried out by a lone suicide bomber, whose affiliation is yet to be determined. The speculation that Daesh is behind the action is hard to ignore. Recent history with that organization has demonstrated a nearly total disregard for the true Islamic Faith.
Saudi authorities identified the bomber as a Pakistani man who came to the kingdom 13 years ago to work as a truck driver. It is being assumed that the man was a follower of Daesh who responded to the urging of Daesh to carry out such attacks during the month of Ramadan. This action of a lone wold terrorists is consistent with radicalization condoned by Daesh. It suits their purposes.
Iran’s foreign minister , Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for unity between Sunni and Shiite factions of the muslim world. Without that unity, he said, both groups will continue to be victims. I think he has spoken and important truth. May his words be heeded well.
Radical terrorists come to their fanatical beliefs in a variety of ways. In my first novel The Chechen’s Revenge, the antagonist, a Chechen rebel, is radicalized partly as a result of his experience seeing his family brutally murdered by drunken Russian Soldiers during the Second Chechen war. He is trained to become a butchering-minded terrorist by an Imam of the Wahhabist faction of Islam. Historically Chechen Wahhabists have been the most radical of that sect. The Chechen comes to Canada on a mission of condemnation for the failure of Canada to chastise Russia for its vicious dealings with Chechnya. He is single minded. His goal is to create economic havoc by blowing up segments of the Toronto region’s Go Train System. The story is fictional but there s some reality involved. During my writing Canadian authorities did arrest two would be terrorists who had a similar plan in mind.
I do encourage you to read The Chechen’s Revenge. Right now during the month of July the e-book version is available from smashwords.com at a 50% reduction in price.
Good Reading friends. Thanks for your support.
Ron Stotyn, PhD