Thursday, May 23, 2013

4th Anniversary of Woolwich A Reminder... They Are Among Us!

Religious Killings In The Streets Is Not New!
Open Sectarian Violence Is Back.

Raw Terrorism!

By Nicholas Ashton, CEO/CIO,
CommSmart Global Group

Search the Internet or have lived the problem, Sectarian Violence and/or sectarian strife is violence inspired by sectarianism, that is, between different sects of one particular mode of ideology or religion within a nation/community. Religious segregation often plays a role in sectarian violence.

In London yesterday, blood was purposely spilled and through social media and Smart Phones, not only captured in its morbid display of hatred, the killers got their 15 minutes of fame and we saw a fresh killing machine explain why they did it.  

One of the Woolwich killers is a British citizen of Nigerian descent who became obsessed with Islamic extremism as a schoolboy, it was revealed today.

Former classmates of Michael Adeboloja told the Standard how he started becoming interested in Islam aged 15 or 16 having been raised as a Christian.

They said his Nigerian parents became so worried about his behaviour that they moved him from their home in Romford to London in a bid to protect him from being radicalised.

Today anti-terror police raided addresses in London, Lincolnshire and in Romford and took away members of his family for questioning.

Both killers of the British soldier who was hacked to death in the street in Woolwich yesterday were revealed today as known to MI5 but are thought to have acted alone.

But detectives are investigating claims that Adeboloja may have been radicalised after attending meetings of the now banned group Al Muhajiroun.

Before we go to the actual event of yesterday, the concerns are massive from a security perspective.  Two individuals who look like any other people and blend into the streets, targeted a soldier and killed him in cold blood.  They did not then run and escape, they stayed, give camera interviews, and waited on the police to arrive.  Out the normal for a killer to stay, wait and then attack the police, both where shot and are in hospitals under guard.

This brings a whole new perspective to security, not just for public gatherings, but the man in street situation.  Normal everyday activities are now in the cross-hairs.  Is this a new attention getting tactic to be used by terrorists?  No bombs, no detection and no chance for that next event predictability factor. 

These killers had friends, worked somewhere and must have shown some signs in their conversational moments.  If you hear any type of threat to anyone or place, tell the police immediately!

Everyone is a suspect and the need for profiling is needed more than ever.  In this case, black, that is all you can say.  Groups will be very concerned that this has put the spotlight on a color of skin.  A Muslim can be any color and really has no outward sign of his or her religion. 

So who do we trust?  No one! 

The fear of the Lone Wolf or Wolf Pack has returned, which does not exist in real terms and did not use technology like a bomb or even a gun.  They used the oldest weapon known to man, a knife or cutting instrument.  Proving that basic methods are effective in spreading terror.  A butcher’s meat cleaver and kitchen knives to inflict death on a single man.

Yesterday, terrorism went to another level of a supposed Lone Wolf or Wolf Pack attack.  It can happen anywhere at any time to members of society. 

A soldier was murdered in cold blood on a civilized street in London.  Although a soldier, he was in civilian clothing and was targeted, first hit by a car driven by the murderers and literally knifed, stabbed and decapitated in a barbaric manner in front of local residents, who watched on in shock.  This leads us to believe he was targeted by the circumstances of events and will be examined extremely closely.

In footage obtained by ITV News, one of the men was filmed wielding a bloodied meat cleaver and making political statements.

"I apologize that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same," he said.
"You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."

The other was pictured holding a knife and speaking to a woman at the scene.

According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Cub Scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett asked him: "Would you like to give me what you have in your hands?"
"He was covered with blood," she said. "I thought I had better talk to him before he starts attacking somebody else."

She says the suspect told her the dead man was a British soldier, adding: "I killed him because he kills Muslims over there and I am fed up that people kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan."

This morning all Public Safety departments worldwide will be analyzing the situation and the concerning content of this attack and its ramifications.

A little background, terrorism on the streets is relatively new and Muslim terrorism against the West only occurred with the New York City attack on the World Trade Center.  It goes back much further and deeper.

Since the 16th century there has been sectarian conflict of varying intensity between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. This religious sectarianism is connected to a degree with nationalism. Northern Ireland has seen inter-communal conflict for more than four centuries and there are records of religious ministers or clerics, the agents for absentee landlords, aspiring politicians, and members of the landed gentry stirring up and capitalizing on sectarian hatred and violence back as far as the late 18th century.

William Edward Hartpole Lecky, an Irish historian, wrote "If the characteristic mark of a healthy Christianity be to unite its members by a bond of fraternity and love, then there is no country where Christianity has more completely failed than Ireland".

Reactions to sectarian domination and abuse have resulted in accusations of sectarianism being levelled against the minority community. It has been argued, however, that those reactions would be better understood in terms of a struggle against the sectarianism that governs relations between the two communities and which has resulted in the denial of human rights to the minority community.

The period from 1969 to 2002 is known as "The Troubles". Nearly all the people living in Northern Ireland identified themselves as belonging to either the Protestant or the Catholic community. People of no religion and non-Christian faiths are still considered as belonging to one of the two "sects" along with churchgoers. In this context, "Protestants" means essentially descendants of immigrants from Scotland and England settled in Ulster during or soon after the 1690s; also known as "Loyalists" or "Unionist" because they generally support politically the status of Northern Ireland as a part of the United Kingdom. "Catholics" means descendants of the pre-1690 indigenous Irish population; also known as "Nationalist" and "Republicans"; who generally politically favor a united Ireland.

Sectarian violence between the two major sects of Islam, Shia and Sunni, has occurred in countries like Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Lebanon etc. This violent conflict has roots in the political turmoil arising out of differences over the succession to Muhammad. Abu Bakr, a companion of Muhammad, was nominated by Umar and elected as the first Sunni Rightly Guided Caliph. 

However another group felt that Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, had been designated by Muhammad and is considered by Shia as the first Imam.

Abu Bakr was followed by Umar as caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate, then by Uthman ibn Affan and finally by Ali. Ali's right to rule was challenged by Muawiyah bin Abu Sufian, governor of Syria, who believed that Ali should have acted faster against the murderers of Uthman. The situation detoriated further when many of those responsible for the death of Uthman rallied behind Ali. 

However, later on, both the parties agreed to have some one as a judge between them. This led to the separation of an extremist group known as Kharijites from Ali's army, which pronounced the judgement belonged to God alone. A member of this group later assassinated Ali. At the demise of Muawiyah he appointed his son Yazid as his successor. The credentials of Yazid were challenged by Ali's son Hussein ibn Ali (and grandson of Muhammad). A battle at Karbala in Iraq led to the martyrdom of Hussein and dozens of others from Ahl al-Bayt (the members of the family of Muhammad).

This tragic incident created deep fissures in the Muslim society. The conflict that had started at a political plane intervened with the dogma and belief systems. Those who considered Ali to be the true heir to the Caliphate split away from the main corpus of Muslim society and traditions. They developed their distinct sect, known as "Shia" referring to Shian-e-Ali. The majority of Muslims are known as "Sunni" meaning "followers of the Traditions of The Prophet ". They are of the view that the bloody conflict between Ali and Muawiyah was a result of a tragic misunderstanding and regardless of who was wrong, the matter should have been solved peacefully.

Most probably the first real view of the issues and how you must understand the background.

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