Thursday, 26 February 2015


Ken Berwitz

Are you one of the Harf-witted?

That is, are you one of the thoroughly benighted, intellectually compromised souls who believe what you hear from Marie Harf, the State Department's resident CSIT (Credible Spokesperson In Training)?  Especially her claim that the way to fight terrorism (not radical Islam, mind you) is by addressing "root causes" such as poverty and lack of job opportunities (not religious zealotry tied to a murderous Islamic sect)?

If so, this beginning to Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman's article in today's Washington Post may be of interest to you:

The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.

But his real name, according to friends and others familiar with his case, is Mohammed Emwazi, a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming. He is believed to have traveled to Syria around 2012 and to have later joined the Islamic State, the group whose barbarity he has come to symbolize.

"I have no doubt that Mohammed is Jihadi John," said one of Emwazi's close friends who identified him in an interview with The Washington Post. "He was like a brother to me . . . . I am sure it is him"

Tell me: Does that look like a poverty stricken man who would be unable to find a job?  Assuming you have an IQ at least as high as a ripe parsnip, I am guessing the answer is no.  Just as I am guessing you don't believe those three teenage girls in Minneapolis who left good homes and school, where they all were doing well, to go to Syria and join ISIS, were poverty-stricken and heading for unhirable lifetimes either.

When you look at the leaders of  radical Islamic terrorist groups, do you find poor, hopeless waifs from the desert or the slums of Kabul, Damascus and Peshawar? Or do you find educated, relatively well off (sometimes filthy-rich) "leaders" like al-qaeda's osama bin laden and zayman al-Zawahiri, or ISIS's abu bakr al-Baghdadi?  Read those names again, read up on their backgrouns, and see your answer.

Are there destitute, hopeless Muslims who sign up with  ISIS?  Yes there are.  But a huge majority of Muslims who are poor and hopeless (the Islamic world, sad to say, is loaded with them) do not become terrorists.

So what draws them into radical Islamic terror?  Is it so hard to understand that a willingness to believe in, and dedicate their lives to, the "ideals" of radical Islam (which appear to be that everyone who isn't like them should be killed) is a prime motivating force?

Therefore - Marie, I'm talking to you - if we want to address radical Islamic terrorism, we address radical Islam.  What we don't do is pretend it isn't there, as you and your ultimate boss, President Barack Obama do. 

Looking the other way at what is right in front of everyone's eyes is how "virtually decimated" al-Qaeda and "jayvee squad" ISIS wind up making you both look like hopeless, overmatched buffoons.

That, readers, is my note to the Harf-witted.  I hope (against hope) that they benefit from it.

Oh, one more thing:  about that CSIT position, Marie?  You've got a long way to go.

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