The War Against the West: Lessons & Implications
“Those people are not coming to Europe to live; they are coming to die”.
By INNA ROGATCHI
After Friday 13th in November 2015, we are living in a different reality. The reality of switched off Eifel tower, evacuated Hannover stadium, shut down Brussels subway, and tanks on the deserted streets of the capital of the European Union. The people in the West are struggling to live a normal life in a surreal circumstances pulsating it their minds with a flashing diagnose: it is Jihad, Europe!..
FIFTEEN LOST YEARS: 2001-2015
The escalating real and imminent danger to millions of the Europeans did not strike the West out of blue. It was all building up starting from the 9/11th attacks in New York and is a part of existing strategy of the radical Islam from the end of 1980s onward. The success of the 9/11th attack had been a major victorious land-mark of this strategy, thus major encouragement to the forces of darkness.
But contrary to the common sense and despite existing information about the radical Islamists’ plans and the list of their mounting activities, the Islamization of Europe – and the West, in progress – had been just allowed to happen, both by the dangerously blinded Western leadership and largely naive public.
It is irrelevant to blame the special services for that. With all possible shortcomings and occasional failures, the special services, especially the strong ones of the UK, Germany and some other Western European countries – France including, as well as quite able special services of Canada and Australia – are working day and night, with a good results information-gathering wise. The other thing is what the special services are allowed – or not allowed – to do by their political bosses, by the countries’ leadership. And here is the core of the problem with regard to the real fighting war on terror.
Soon after the 9/11th disaster, after the experts were realising how little it had been done in practice to prevent the spread of the militant Islam, from 2003 onward, several senior analysts were trying consistently to wake up the Western leadership to very real risks of the steady process of the radical Islamists penetration into the Western societies – see my article on the issue “Europe: A Dangerous Place to Live” ( http://hindunet.org/hvk/articles/0703/171.html ). This analyse had been widely cited in many books and dissertations on the counter-terrorism, both in open and professional publications. At the time of the analyse publication, its head-line was widely perceived as ‘a bold metaphor’. Just 12 years on, and this line has become a very much reporting line of any daily newspaper today – on which I do feel deeply sorry about.
Further on, being alerted by radical Islam’s swamping Europe, my colleagues and I were thoroughly examining the origins, realities and implications of the process resulted in the serious report Islamization of Europe: The Origin, Process, Objections and Implications, presented by myself at the Institute of World Politics in Washington DC in early 2013 (http://www.iwp.edu/events/detail/islamisation-of-europe-the-origin-process-objections-and-implications).
I never was so depressed in my professional life while working and upon finishing that paper. The reality of the danger posed by the radical Islam all over the world, in particular, in Europe and in the West in general was so graphic – and so meticulously documented – that it did not left a big room for hope that it would not erupt. It was almost three years ago. But again, nothing has been done to act and to prevent the Europe’s blood-bathings.
If general Al-Sisi would not come to rescue his country, the core of the Middle East, from the pleasure for Egypt to live in the middle-Ages dictum of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jihad in Europe would start already in 2013, according to the detailed documented data gathered by the leading anti-terror experts. Still, general al-Sisi is regarded as ‘dictator’ by many Western decision-makers, while president Obama is steadily promoting the one of his favourite aids, Rashad Hussain to the top positions of the US Administration, such as the US Special Envoy and Coordinator at the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications. The aid in question has been asserted by the US law-enforcement agencies as having a strong links to the Muslim Brotherhood. And he is the one of several key-operators of the Muslim Brotherhood who are consistently welcomed by the current US Administration.
Following the publicising the paper of the Islamization of Europe back in the early 2013, my good and responsible colleagues at the European Parliament, there were some of them then, although in a palpable minority, had been alarmed and they were intended to call a serious policy-making seminar at the European Parliament for tackling this looming acute threat. The seminar meant to issue a policy paper to be applied on that vital matter. The seminar had never happened, neither was drafted policy paper ever discussed officially. The reason of that non-action was blatant unwillingness to touch the issue by the European bureaucrats of the second and third echelon. And, unlikely as myself and my good and brave friends and MEP-colleagues, they seemed to be affected by the threats received.
As recently, as in the July 2014, I’ve published new analyse, Hate is All Over Islamicised West – ( http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15399#.Vkh_vNIrIkt), explaining the motivation of the radical Islamists based in Europe and warning on an imminent danger of the possible Jihad explosion there. This is the one of those cases when it felt really bad to turn to be correct.
Working on the matter for over twenty years, I have to emphasise that after the shock of the terror attack on the US soil on 9/11th, the last fifteen years has been lost by the Western community to prevent the explosion of violence in Europe.
JIHAD IN EUROPE: HERE & NOW
What has triggered the explosion of Jihad in Europe right now? Who had made it possible? Who had practically invited it to happen?
As shocking as it sounds, some of the key Western governments and general ineptness of the Western leadership specifically towards militant radical Islam had become an essential pre-condition of the unfolding siege of Europe.
Despite all alarming information gathered by the BND and MAD, the German counter-intelligence service, presented to the German Chancellor, in early September 2015 frau Merkel had made a mistake of her life. The calibre of that mistake is unprecedented in the newest European history. It literally has put the lives not only of over 80 million of Germans but of 750 million of Europeans at jeopardy of terrifying scale.
Just prior to the Merkel’s infamous statement of opening borders of Germany to Syrian refugees, several very senior German law-enforcement officials had been either fired, or pushed towards abrupt and premature retirement, including the very senior federal prosecutor and several other top law-enforcement officials who were sharply disagree with Merkel’s extremely dangerous policy of opening the Germany’s and effectively, the European borders to the stream of uncontrollable immigrants from the Middle East.
There is no secret – and there had been ever a secret – of the fact that among the multi-million stream of refugees there are far too many Islamist radicals with their own agenda and purpose of coming to Europe. One just had to be honest about it. Maybe, Merkel had been in office far too long. It is known phenomena of the top politicians who are sitting at their office extended time to lose the focus and to be detached from the reality. The drama of her fatal mistake is that she virtually took hostages all European for the sake of the militant and violent strangers being invited to invade. Remember those sugarly selfies of celebrating Muslim males on the German soil with Frau Chancellor? She even did a free PR for them.
With her September 2015 suicidal political adventure, Merkel has switched on the similar decision-making amongst the leadership of the EU Commission, the ultimate masters of the old continent nowadays. If Germany would choose the other way of handling the issue of refugees, the EU leadership would follow it in the accord. As the result, the entire continent with its 750 million citizens had been literally forced by their own governments into a nightmare.
There are many shocking videos on the refugees invading Europe and TV footage that we are seeing daily for a several months by now. These facts had been summarised by some as ‘forced collective suicide of Europe’. This is an invasion, and one should be totally blind to call it anything else.
As all invasions, this one has been orchestrated and carried on to a small detail, and every special service at any country does have a full detail of this aggressive migration started and much helped in from Turkey. German Chancellor being catch red-handed, metaphorically speaking, with the most blatant misjudgement, tried hard to influence her Turkish counter-part to size down the multi-million stream of refugees, with no avail. This is now win-win situation for Turkey and its president Erdogan, and lost-lost one for Merkel and entire Europe.
How an experienced politician could become so utterly irresponsible, so dangerously unreasonable, so openly blind? There are several explanations on the Merkel’s blow to humanity among the professional analytics. It includes her too strong desire to get a Nobel Peace Prize, she is idealistic enough to value it as it had been valued by many of us in her youth; it also includes her very pragmatic intention to get to the top of the world power with being nominated as the next UN General Secretary; those who are familiar with the inside story of Merkel’s rise to power, are not surprised in any of it for a bit.
Her fatal blindness is also attributed to her wish to proclaim those good – in general – sides of the character of the suppressed believer ( she is the daughter of the pastor in DDR, mission impossible for both her father and herself ) who had not many chances to apply those good principles in the very hard world of a top-power. Whatever she meant, she failed in a giant proportion. The worst part of it is that the ticket for a mistake of one individual comes to be paid by millions, and has already claimed 130 lives in Paris. And she still does not get it, publicly, at least.
Even after the fact that the Chancellor cortege had made a U-turn on the way to the Hannover stadium after receiving a precise information on the imminent attack at the very last moment, Merkel did not utter a word on the character of the averted multiplied attack on a German soil although German authorities have got from their French colleagues five names of the Islamic terrorists, all migrated to Europe at different times.
According to the German media ( Der Spiegel, Die Welt and the others), there is no question for Angela Merkel to lose the elections the next year; she is demanded to resign now, and there is rapidly growing number of sympathisers with this intensifying call.
The tragedy of a full-scale jihad in Europe is that it is not just German Chancellor, or just completely incompetent leadership of the EU Commission who had literally brought the plague to their continent by themselves. Apart of the UK, the leadership of vast majority of the Western European countries had played a terrible role in the invoking despair and open and imminent danger upon their own citizens.
And even after the carnage in Paris, defiant in his support of the Islamic cause president Hollande had a gut to state that 30 more thousands Syrian refugees will be welcomed to France. When lunacy is a private hobby, it is a pleasure of an individual; but when an individual happened to be on duty, and the duty had happened to be a presidency over the French Republic, it is for 66 million of the French citizens to be forced to share the pleasure of lunacies of their leader.
Among the price of those lunacies are stolen in Paris costumes and equipment of chemical defence, and posed heavy military presence at the Paris water supply facilities, with the French prime minister Valls’ warning to the French public on possible chemical or bacteriological attacks by the terrorists. Islamic radical terrorists.
There are live military exercises of the British Royal Marine commandos on the UK ferries as there is a reason to believe that the ferries might become the other subject of the attack – by the Islamic radical terrorists. There are also controlled explosions on the packed by people malls in Kent – for the same reason.
We are watching a hand-made terror thriller non-stop. We are playing in it, as a matter of fact. Forced to play, by our lives, by our idiotic, inept governments.
Just a week after the Paris attacks, the Belgium government which obviously is not in favour of taking any chances had virtually shut down Brussels trying to detect several terrorist – Islamic radical terrorists – who are believed to carry on imminently. Only after the terror threat has become officially adopted as the highest one for Belgium, the country’s interior minister expressed his ‘wish’ to inspect every household in Mollenbeck, the Brussels primarily Muslim district that has become a terrorist Mecca of Europe. A wish, – just to think about the degree of total administrative dismay in which the capital of the European Union, rather symbolically, has found itself.
It is there to Mollenbeck, the UK dangerous terrorist, an accomplice of Jihadi-John, had escaped successfully earlier in 2015, after the UK authorities had lifted their close 5-year’ surveillance of him. The question is not even a fact of lifting the surveillance. There could be various operative reasons for that. The question is 5 years of passive allowing the dangerous Islamic terrorist to operate inside the free democratic Western society. This is fundamental issue of the Western hopeless attitude towards the Islamic terrorists in its midst. Hopeless, blind, and lethal – as everybody is having a pleasure to observe it live.
PRECONDITIONS OF THE JIHAD IN EUROPE: A BLIND-EYE TURNED ON ILLEGALITY
In a near retrospect, the current explosion of the refugees on the European soil had originated from Italy a few years ago when the Italian authorities could not held its border which is an external border of the European Union, in part, intact. For the number of reasons, not the least of them, rapidly changing governments, all from left to central left, were unable to stop and to prevent the crushing waves of the illegal immigrations to the Italian shore and islands. Illegal is a key word there.
As it is known for all special services, the problem with guarding its border always had been the weakest point in the entire Italian security system. To aggravate the situation, under the leftist governments, the Italian special services has been disbanded and re-structured dramatically, with very negative and long-lasting effect. It has disarmed the country’s abilities to contain the dangerous elements among the uncontrollable stream of refugees – and ‘refugees’.
Using the so-called ‘Italian model’ for the next wave of immigration, those forces who had been orchestrating it had modelled the nightmare which has covered Europe now. ‘Italian model’ means portraying the illegal invaders as a casualty of humanitarian catastrophe and playing the card accordingly.
So today we are having mushroomed from the original ‘Italian shell’ ‘Greek model’, ‘Balkan model’, ‘Russian model’ of all those ‘refugees’. How very simple and very efficient of them. And how certifiably stupid and pathetically irresponsible of us.
The current governments of many European countries are to bear responsibility in creating the conditions for the explosion of the Islamic Jihad in Europe today; and expectedly, the more left those governments are, the worse the security situation there has become with regard to the radical Islam. According to the security professionals, ‘there is no slightest coincidence in the fact that among all Islamists from Europe fighting in Syria and elsewhere today, more than a half is from France.
Moreover, the terrible ( security) threat is the fact that they, apart of very rare exceptions, are coming and going back and forth practically freely. It is not good enough to know a potential terrorist name. It is just absolutely against any security rule to let those who did fight in the Middle East on the side of militant Islam to be allowed back to the country of his European or any other Western residence. It is insane”, – many top counter-terrorism experts, like Eric Stakelbeck and Morten Storm are saying time and again. In vain.
And there is no coincidence that Belgium has become the centre of the Islamist jihadists today – as the Belgian special service is pathetically small and under-resourceful.
We all were crying with France over 130 and possibly more victims of the carnage in Paris, but we have to be crystal clear on the understanding that it is this Hollande government that had been repeatedly warned to stop to appease an incredible amount of French radical Islamists and to start to do something real against them to protect the French citizens is bearing the full responsibility for fatal siege of Paris. For five years they were following the one of the terrorists – to wait until 13th November attack?
All serious experts on radical Islam do know and are telling to the Western authorities, as Morgen Storm is who had infiltrated the highest command of Al-Qaeda being studying Islam for ten years non-stop: “Those people are not coming to Europe and the West to live. They are coming to die”. Why on the earth Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande, and all the rest of the Western leaders do not have a responsibility to hear it? The fact of the day is that the Western European leadership has failed in its most important duty: to provide security and safety for their citizens.
But how can even the best intentions to cut the Islamic radical threat could be realistically carried on when the current government of Greece is enthusiastically letting all the hordes coming from the Middle East and Africa to get into Europe without bearing any responsibility for flooding the continent with hundreds and thousands of potential terrorists? According to the MI5 officially aired calculations, ‘every two in a hundred of current migrants are connected with ISIS’. Not aired publicly, but far more precise data shows ‘at least 10% of entering Europe immigrants from the Middle East and Africa are connected to ISIS”. Does Greek government care on whom they are letting into Europe en masse? Even if they know, the best what one can expect from them and their services is the information to their colleagues on some of the suspects. Post-factum, as it happened in the case of the Paris attacks.
The Scandinavian countries are known for its lenience towards the Islamic radicalism threat in general, but now they are also went too far on that extremely dangerous path. Norway simply disarmed their policemen – as they had produced an assessment that “the security situation has been improved now” – supposedly, after Breivick’s shooting spree a couple of years ago. The assessment and the decision on disarming the police occurred in mid-November 2015, in the midst of the non-stop flows of refugees into Norway, day and night. How one can be so fundamentally stupid? – one just cannot help to wonder.
In Sweden, their left government is doing everything in their power to welcome and accommodate swiping amount of young strong males from the Middle East to the extent that the friendly and soul-mate like Danish left government has decided to close the border with sister country in order to handle the non-stop ocean of the refugees somehow. Only after that, facing an overwhelming amount of the refugees, the Swedish prime-minister admitted publicly in his interview to The Financial Times that they, the government, were ‘naive’ in their assessments. It is nice of him, to emphasise a good nature of their naivety, but it is not the whole truth there. The Swedish line towards Palestinians and the other terrorists – Islamic radical ones – is pretty consistent and aired regularly by their super-partisan foreign minister Mme Wallstrom. She even proudly wears the Islamic Crescent pendant on her neck, and did so publicly after the Paris attacks – enjoy the photos available.
Finland too is trying to regulate the uncontrollable stream of refugees coming from Sweden, with not much success. Additionally, the Finnish premiere who is a good and believing person, but the one without much experience in the international policy, and who did act spontaneously and emotionally, being prompted by the tragic personal reasons, has publicly invited the refugees to his house, literally to his house. What better PR the scheme to get the potential terrorists onto the European soil one needs?
Analysing the activities of the Western European leaders with regard to handling the refugee crisis in 2015, one just cannot help to be totally taken aback by their personal abilities to do everything in their power to put their own citizens in danger. Mortal danger, for the record.
And what do we, abiding citizens of the Western world, are having in a hope to get support to the largely lost European governments in their never really started fight against the international terrorism looking across the Atlantic Ocean? The most depressive picture of all, it must be observed.
We have the American president who, atop of all his long and astounding record of appeasement of the radical Islam in the world does-not-matter-what, did ‘not want to speculate on who was behind the terror’ carnage in Paris where the perpetrators were screaming Allah Akbar ! madly. In amazingly revealing interview the very morning of the November 13th attack, the same president with all his trade-marked aplomb confided happily to the old friend of Clintons, George Stephanopolus on his ABC TV show that in the opinion of the president of the USA, he ‘did not think that ISIS has been gain power’, but rather to the contrary, ‘we did contain it’. As Michael Freund have noticed, during his statement on the carnage in Paris, claimed at least one death of the US citizen, the USA president Barack Hussein Obama did not use for once the following words: “Muslim”, “Islam”, “Jihad”, “Islamic State”. It looks as we all in the West are living in a giant theatre of absurd nowadays.
And of course, the same president is pushing hard through his programme to accept up to 100 thousands Syrian refugees into the USA during two months despite of healthy negative response to that by over 30 states of the country.
From one side, I do think that it is responsible decision of the current US Administration. They indeed, did create such a chaos in the Middle East, that the US should bear a primary responsibility for the refugees from the region. But from the point of view of the US citizens, it is the same suicidal games as frau Merkel has initiated in Europe. We have some luck to live under masochistic leadership, it shall be stated.
No wonder that more than a half of the American public is sharply against that recent ‘Christmas gift’ to them all by their president. Maybe, the US democracy would be stronger than the European one, and the common sense will prevail there? – one hopes in a overwhelming despair.
The change of political guard in two other big and important countries across the Ocean certainly does not add anything positive to the prospects of security and safety of the West. After two terms of steady, friendly, human, decent and stable conservative government in Canada, the voters there decided to change it in favour of youngish inexperienced political demagogue Mess Trudeau Jr whose the one of the very first steps had been to announce of acceptance of ‘at least’ 25 000 Syrian refugees into the country ‘before the end of this year’. And how many is planned for the next year? – one wonders.
The first statement of Canadian prime-minister elected was the one on the withdrawing the Canadian jets from the US-led coalition trying to fight ISIS. His first decision after the Islamic jihad started in Europe was to fly into Canada up to 900 Syrian refugees – and ‘ refugees’ – daily. Such a devotion to Islam demonstrated by its recently elected leader. But it comes as no surprise for the experts. The devotion of Justin Trudeau to Islam is well known and well enough documented. It poses serious questions, too.
Coming in the same worrisome motion, in the case of Australia it was the country’s former prime minister Tony Abbot who did come forward with an adequate statement while the recently changed liberal Mr Thurnbull did not utter a word about what has happened in Paris, thus in Europe, thus in the world.
What the West is having on its hands now with regard to its leadership is that, except the current leadership of the UK, there are promising combination of bad and worst ones – those who are unable to comprehend the threat posed by the militant Islam, and there those who are supporting Islam in general and appeasing it, including the militant part of it.
TURNING TO ISRAEL
In a sad irony, French, Russian, German and the other counter-terror officials, and many international experts on the field are turning to Israel for its expertise, understanding and knowledge of radical Islam. In the recent cased of the terrorist attacks against Russia and France, it was the Israeli intelligence that provided crucial information and did help to both Russian and French authorities.
More and more often one can hear nowadays in both public commentaries and quiet professional talks that “Israelis has to be contacted”, “We shall use the Israeli models and approach”, “ We should ask Israeli colleagues for help”. How really dramatic life is: Israel has gained its knowledge and experience by the incredibly high price. Israeli citizens are attacked and murdered almost daily. Unlikely as in a world-swiping passionate sentiments for the victims in Paris, the most of the very same Western media who has done such a good job on the Paris attacks and German and Brussels would-be-attacks, are either distorting the truth about Israel being under the siege of the Palestinian terror, or ignoring the very fact of it.
Still, Israel and its people did show exemplary solidarity with France showing to the world once again, and not for the sake of a demonstration, on what morale principles the Jewish state is based and lives on.
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Europe and the Western world are not the same, as we knew it, after the radical Islamic terror swapped Paris on the night of November 13th 2015, and threaten Germany and Belgium immediately after that. “We are at war”, – are saying the citizens of Europe, – “We are under attack”.
The fact of the day is that the attack has been just started. Jihad has exploded into the face of the Western world in the very heart of it. They have no intention to stop or to slow down. And the leaders of the West has to start to fulfil the most essential of their duties – to protect the right for life of the citizens of free, not yet quite Islamisized world.
Dr Inna Rogatchi is writer, scholar, political analyst, and senior adviser on the international affairs. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed film The Lessons of Survival, and her forthcoming book is on Personal Reflections on the Holocaust in the Modern Times. More on Inna Rogatchi and her work – at The Rogatchi Foundation – www.rogatchi.org, and Rogatchi Films – www.rogatchifilms.org