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After Boston: The Worst Is Yet to Come

Future Islamist terrorists can take comfort in the reluctance of both the media and the president to blame the culture of Islamic extremism.

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Abraham H. Miller

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April 24, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Sometime in the not-to0-distant future there will be meetings of the various law enforcement agencies involved in the hunt for the Boston terrorists. They will look at what worked and what didn’t, and what the terrorists did and how they might have been stopped earlier. And sometime later down the pike, there will be an after action report, a written product of these discussions that will enable the shared experiences to serve as a learning module for future counterterrorism operations.

Somewhere in the Islamic world, terrorists will be undergoing the same exercise, but for different reasons: to obstruct and defeat the kind of operation they saw in Boston. Terrorists of all varieties study and learn from operations precisely as do law enforcement agencies. Terrorists have been known to study not only methods and operations but also the key personalities likely to be involved in counterterrorism.

There are numerous examples of this, but the most memorable, at least from my personal experiences, comes from a conversation I had some years ago in Evian, France, with Dick Mulder, who at the time  was the chief hostage negotiator for the Dutch government. A psychiatrist by training, Mulder had developed a series of procedures that resulted in a high rate of terrorist capitulation by immersing them in a ritualized psychodrama, not entirely unlike procedures developed in the U.S. by the NYPD.  Like most hostage negotiators, Mulder’s goal was for everyone, including the terrorists, to walk out alive.

During the opening of one of these negotiations with South Moluccan terrorists, Mulder repeated his introductory line, “I am the negotiator for the Dutch government.”  To his shock and dismay, the hostage taker on the other end of the field telephone came back with, “Oh, Dr. Mulder, you have been expected.” Mulder’s identity was practically a state secret, but the terrorists knew who he was.  And that, of course, meant that they knew his methods.

This situation did not lead to the usual capitulation but to an assault by Dutch marines and a loss of life. By doing their homework, terrorists had neutralized Mulder’s methods, leaving military engagement as the government’s only option.

Terrorists are too often mistakenly seen as imitative, but terrorists are pragmatic, flexible, and highly innovative.  Part of that innovation comes from studying the methods of our law enforcement the same way law enforcement examines its own operations and the methods terrorists use.

One of the most obvious components of the Boston operation was the way in which the police mobilized ordinary citizens as an extension of the eyes and ears of the police.  The British used this technique in hunting IRA bombers and keeping mass events safe.  “Adopt a Bobby,” British subjects were told at major events.  And that is precisely what the British did; and by so doing, they extended the reach of the police.

But recently, the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition and organizations at the City University of New York Law School warned American Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement.  This sentiment has been affirmed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has made an issue of police surveillance of radical mosques and Muslim neighborhoods, surveillance that is both legal and imperative in light of the attacks by radical Muslims against Americans since 9/11.

What if Dzhokar Tsarnaev had followed the tactic long used by both guerrilla fighters and terrorists and swam in the sea of the people, his people?  What if he had hidden in a Muslim neighborhood or a college neighborhood inhabited by sympathetic leftists, the kind who find convicted bomber and Weather Underground terrorist Kathy Boudin an intellectual asset worthy of holding a faculty position at Columbia? Would one of these terrorist sympathizers have picked up the phone to call police and tell them that the object of their manhunt was hiding in his boat?  And who among the brothers’ family and roommates picked up the phone and identified them?  That’s right, not one of them.

Dzhokar Tsarnaev, a wounded nineteen-year-old man on the run, brought a major American metropolis to a grinding halt, siphoning billions out of the economy, spreading fear, and bringing normal police work to a virtual halt.   What if the next terrorist attack is undertaken by more than one action group, hitting multiple targets simultaneously?  You don’t even have to imagine the ensuing chaos. You can examine it. The Hanafi Muslims did exactly that in March, 1977 in Washington, D.C.  They struck three targets simultaneously: the DC municipal offices, the Islamic Center, and the headquarters of Bnai Brith, the Jewish fraternal organization.  They brought the city to a standstill and overwhelmed a police force unprepared in both tactics and armaments for that kind of confrontation.  President Jimmy Carter refused to provide armed federal resources for fear of taking responsibility when the predicted mass killings would start. He left the D.C. police largely to fend for itself. Fortunately, the predicted mass killings did not occur.

Future Islamist terrorists can take comfort in the reluctance of both the media and the president to blame the culture of Islamic extremism.  The media uttered the words “Chechyna,” “Chechens,” and even “Russia,” endlessly.  Only sporadically were the words”Islam” or “Muslim” heard over the airwaves. As a Russian friend of mine said, Chechens are not Russians.  No one should make that confusion, especially not after the horror and brutality Chechen terrorists inflicted on Russian school children at Beslan.

In the aftermath, President Obama, once again, showed us he is too tied to Muslims to tell the truth about the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.  The administration that gave us “workplace violence” as a cynical and insulting explanation for the Fort Hood massacre gave us a lecture on the strengths of multi-culturalism and diversity in creating a resilient American society.  Yet, it was Bostonians’ forebears, those that did not just yearn to come to America but also to be Americans, who showed us what courage in the face of evil looks like.  The Tsarnaevs  yearned to come to America to escape a brutal war and then the parents went back to Dagestam , leaving their children here.  They later killed in the name of a vision of Islam that refuses not only assimilation but even basic acculturation.

It is considered racism, Islamophobia, or worse to say publicly what nearly every American thought privately:  the names of the terrorists were not going to be Tom, Dick, and Harry, despite the fantasies of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston, CNN’s Erin Burnett, and Salon’s David Sirota, who was rooting for the return of Timothy McVeigh.  Future Islamist terrorists can take comfort in this continual denial by America’s media elite of the reality of the threat.  Screaming “Islamophobia” will persist as a way to avoid the scrutiny of law enforcement and the suspicions of some of our citizenry, while engaging the protection of CAIR.

It is doubtful, given the political correctness of an administration that refuses to use the words “Islamic terrorism,” that the after action report will be any different from the “workplace violence” idiocy of the military’s investigation into the Fort Hood massacre.  The Tsarnaev brothers will be found to have been alienated youth, unable to fit in because of the barriers erected by an inherently racist society — or because of some other form of liberal “bullshit,” as Bill Maher so aptly put it, masquerading as compassionate insight.

Uninhibited by political correctness, the terrorists will focus on the vulnerabilities of the infidels and how to exploit their nonsensical multi-culturalism.  Tactically they will learn how to avoid surveillance cameras, create better escape plans, precipitate multiple and simultaneous operations, and find a compliant and encouraging population in whose waters they can swim. They will think about how to recruit other Tsarnaev brothers.

We speak of the impact of a culture of poverty on the social condition.  We speak of a culture of racism and its deleterious impact on our African American population.  We speak of culture in numerous contexts, but it is impossible to speak of the relationship between the culture of Islam and terrorist violence.  How many more people have to die before our analysis of the threats that face us confronts recognition that, history aside, violence and terror are no longer equal manifestations of all religions?  Jihad, for many, might simply mean internal struggle, but for others, it also means holy war sanctioned by theological doctrine.  We can ignore the former, but we will not survive if we ignore the latter.

Abraham H. Miller is an emeritus professor of political science and a former head of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association.

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There will come a time when Freedom loving people will have to deal with the fact that there is only one way to stop terror attacks - to make the price paid by the terrorists so inordinately high that the attack itself becomes unthinkable. If every terrorist knew he was not only murdering his targets but that as a consequence of his attack his entire family and village would be incinerated terrorism would grind to a halt.
There is an old saying in the Middle East - they are either at your throat or at your feet. There is no middle ground with Islam.
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Given the nature of the net, Islamic terrorists now know a large and influential sector of America are effectively apologists for them. This sector includes the Dem Party, and the majority of news and pop artistic and media figures in America. Forget the fact America has nothing to do with Chechnya - all roads lead to some sin America did. Liberals effectively fear fantasy Tea Party militia more than actual terrorists. In fact, virtually every enemy the Dem Party fears is a concoction they made up in their heads.
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It's not Islam extremism, it's Islam itself. It's founder was a mass murdering, mass torturing, mas enslaving, thieving, lying, misogynist, rapist of little girls, the Monster Who Walked The Earth and he is all Muslims' "Perfect Man".
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You know, if the brothers had a little extra money they could have gotten out of the country well before their photos became public. What is really distrubing is that if the FBI or Boston PD consulted the terror watch lists, they would have come across Tamerlan's name and address. The 2 brothers went back to their apartment after the bombing. The FBI could have easily interviewed them and held them until all of the videos were gone over. Obviously this was not done.
51 weeks ago
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That's 'by a Muslim'. Sorry.
51 weeks ago
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Is our government acting differently than it would if headed my a Muslim?
51 weeks ago
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This article is spot on, it is just too bad the people who need to read it and take it to heart are never going to see it. Never going to come to the realization that if we don't call a spade a spade we will never win this war. These Muslims, Islamist terrorists who have become radicalized are here to kill you and me, they do not want to get along with us, they have no interest in that, if you do not believe what they believe you are an infadal and you deserve to die. Do we really have to put up with a government and a media who refuse to see evil as it is, and feel a need to blame us as a society? I don't think so, they need to go and preach their lies to each other, because most of us are smarter than they give us credit for.
51 weeks ago
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This will be nice to see New York city on their knees Thanking God and the good city of Boston from saving them from terrorist attack
51 weeks ago
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"Like most hostage negotiators, Mulder’s goal was for everyone, including the terrorists, to walk out alive".

Should that be the goal?

I believe Israel's intention (and the British intention too) is too get as many victims and their own forces out as unharmed as possible and to leave as many of the terrorists dead as possible.

Seems a far better goal to me!
51 weeks ago
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Comes now Secretary of State John Kerry, who in a speech in Belgium says, “I think the world has had enough of people who have no belief system..."

Oh, they have a belief system, all right. It's one that the White House and the Secretary deliberately choose not to recognize.
51 weeks ago
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Liberals have chosen a side and surprise, it's not America.
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Spy, Islam is the prime motivator. However there is an entire social structure, educational system and financial system built upon jihad and martyrdom . Children are taught in schools that terrorism is good. Family members of terrorists become celebrities
In their own communities and terror masterminds become wealthy beyond their dreams. Imagine an entire village knowing that it would be destroyed because one of its teenagers blew up a bus? Wouldn't happen.
The PLO receives billions yet is allowed to continue to educate and inculcate the children in their grasp to become terrorists. Streets are named for murderers.
The West and Europe have been willing to look the other way for too long because the consequences of their mistakes have been far away. Those chickens have now come home to roost.
51 weeks ago
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It's a culture of intellectual vacuity. All those Islamic countries never even got to the level of producing their own comic books let alone sophisticated treatises on philosophy that have such a massive presence in the West in the last few hundred years that one can't even read the titles let alone the books.

It's natural for cultures to favor themselves, but with Islam, we're talking about cultures that are literally stripped of tools of self-criticism by which they can measure themselves against others. Instead, having had the upper hand for centuries in their own countries unchallenged, they have sunk into a backwater devoid of intellectual curiosity.

Strip away the influence of the West from the Middle East and you basically have a series of countries that aren't even mechanized let alone educated. Putting a veneer I supplied over 16th century culture and calling it equal is moronic.
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What technology exists in Muslim lands was created by non-Muslims. Much of what was developed was created by people who were Muslim in name only. That is, people who "converted" to Islam because they had no other valid choice. Most of these have been Jews or Christians, not Muslims from birth or conviction. There is little of value in Islam or in the countries of the Middle East. Historically this part of the world has always been ruled by monarchs, military leaders, or tyrants of one kind or another like Saddam. Democracy as we know it is virtually impossible under Islam because Islam does not recognize a separation between church and state. Instead under Islam church and state are "one", which always results in an oppressive state. A democratic society under such rules can only be a "farce" since the decisions are not made by the people, but by their religious leaders.
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Absolutely. They are sitting in a failed culture where everything seems to go wrong, while their holy book tells them that they should be doing perfectly. The only rational conclusion to them is that it is all caused by the Jews and the Jews' satanic control of the United States.
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@MenachemBenYakov,
You are correct but forgetting the one thing that motivates them above all else and that is their assured place in the afterlife no matter how great the atrocities they commit against their fellow man.

The way to accomplish this has already been proven to work in american military history, and putting the word out WORLDWIDE once again that any terrorist caught, or pieces of what's left of him, will be buried facedown on top of a dirty slaughtered pig and covered with its blood.

This will deny them their 72 virgin goats in hell and will strike fear into those who get to watch the youtube video's of their burial.

The only way to make them stop is to take away their afterlife dreams of never ending pleasure and replace it with their idea of ever lasting hell.
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Actually there is a fatwah that says that martyrs are taken straight to paradise when they die; defilement after death has no effect. So, you have to defile them BEFORE they die. Pork fat should be part of the lubricant used on ammo and on every weapon in the US military. Standard procedure for executing Moslems should include force-feeding them some bacon.
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