Ve­hic­u­lar Ji­had Comes to Barcelona

Mean­while, on CNN, the de­nial and will­ful ig­no­rance con­tinue

The Jewish Voice - - WAR ON TERROR - By: Robert Spencer

In Spain last Thurs­day, a man drove a truck into a crowd at Barcelona’s pop­u­lar Costa Do­rada area, killing at least 14 and in­jur­ing 100. On CNN, Wolf Bl­itzer asked, “There will be ques­tions about copy­cats. Ques­tions, if what hap­pened in Barcelona, was at all, at all, a copy­cat ver­sion of what hap­pened in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia.”

No, Wolf, it was a phe­nom­e­non with which you and your CNN col­leagues have only a glanc­ing fa­mil­iar­ity: Is­lamic ji­had. Of course Wolf Bl­itzer im­me­di­ately reached for a con­nec­tion with Char­lottesville, be­cause he most likely doesn’t be­lieve that there are Is­lamic ji­hadis at all, just men­tally ill lone wolves driven to vi­o­lence by “Is­lam­o­pho­bia.” Ji­had doesn’t fit his net­work’s nar­ra­tive. And ve­hic­u­lar ji­had? Wolf has never heard of such a thing.

Last June, the Is­lamic State pub­lished a poster de­pict­ing an SUV driv­ing over a heap of skulls and bear­ing the le­gend “Run Over Them With­out Mercy.”

And the Is­lamic State is­sued this call in Septem­ber 2014:

So O muwah­hid, do not let this bat­tle pass you by wher­ever you may be. You must strike the sol­diers, pa­trons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their po­lice, se­cu­rity, and in­tel­li­gence mem­bers, as well as their treach­er­ous agents. De­stroy their beds. Em­bit­ter their lives for them and busy them with them­selves.

If you can kill a dis­be­liev­ing Amer­i­can or Euro­pean — es­pe­cially the spite­ful and filthy French — or an Aus­tralian, or a Cana­dian, or any other dis­be­liever from the dis­be­liev­ers wag­ing war, in­clud­ing the cit­i­zens of the coun­tries that en­tered into a coali­tion against the Is­lamic State, then rely upon Al­lah, and kill him in any man­ner or way how­ever it may be….If you are not able to find an IED or a bul­let, then sin­gle out the dis­be­liev­ing Amer­i­can, French­man, or any of their al­lies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaugh­ter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poi­son him….

Many Mus­lims in the West have heeded this call. The man who rented the van used in the Barcelona at­tack was a Mus­lim from Morocco named Driss Ouk­a­bier, who was ar­rested, while one of his ap­par­ent ac­com­plices was killed in a gun bat­tle with po­lice. This could have been just one part of a much larger ji­had plot, as Span­ish po­lice now be­lieve that a mas­sive ex­plo­sion in a house in Al­ca­nar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, was also linked to the Barcelona ji­had plot­ters.

There have been many other ve­hic­u­lar ji­had at­tacks. Just last week in France, a Mus­lim named Hamou Bachirhit six French sol­diers with his car in Le­val­lois-Per­ret, where the head­quar­ters of the DGSI (Gen­eral Direc­torate for In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity), the coun­try’s pri­mary counter-ter­ror­ism in­tel­li­gence agency, are lo­cated.

In June, a Mus­lim drove his car into a crowd on the Lon­don Bridge and then jumped out and started stab­bing peo­ple. We have seen sev­eral other ve­hic­u­lar ji­hadis get out of the car af­ter they plowed into pedes­tri­ans, and start stab­bing peo­ple. In June 2015, a Mus­lim in Aus­tria drove his car into a crowd, killing three, and then got out and stabbed passersby. Then in Novem­ber 2016, a Mus­lim stu­dent at Ohio State Univer­sity named Ab­dul Razak Ali Ar­tan drove his car into a crowd, then got out and stabbed sev­eral oth­ers.

There have been many oth­ers in 2016 and this year: in Nice,

in Berlin, in Jerusalem, in Paris, and else­where. Yet on CNN and else­where in the es­tab­lish­ment me­dia, no an­a­lysts have con­nected the dots be­tween these ji­had at­tacks, which have an ob­vi­ous con­nec­tion with one an­other in shar­ing the same mo­ti­vat­ing ide­ol­ogy and the same goal. But Wolf Bl­itzer read­ily sees a wholly imag­i­nary con­nec­tion be­tween Char­lottesville (in which a neo-Nazi was im­i­tat­ing ji­hadis, not the other way around) and Barcelona, be­cause he wishes to ex­ag­ger­ate the im­por­tance and in­flu­ence of white su­prem­a­cists, while min­i­miz­ing the mag­ni­tude of the ji­had threat.

And so it goes in the daily news of the con­tem­po­rary West: an­other ji­had mas­sacre, and an­other rea­son to turn off CNN.

On CNN, Wolf Bl­itzer asked, “There will be ques­tions about copy­cats. Ques­tions, if what hap­pened in Barcelona, was at all, at all, a copy­cat ver­sion of what hap­pened in Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia.”

In Spain last Thurs­day, a man drove a truck into a crowd at Barcelona’s pop­u­lar Costa Do­rada area, killing at least 14 and in­jur­ing 100

The man who rented the van used in the Barcelona at­tack was a Mus­lim from Morocco named Driss Ouk­a­bier, who was ar­rested, while one of his ap­par­ent ac­com­plices was killed in a gun bat­tle with po­lice.

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