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El Shabab and the Shopping Mall

September 21st, 2013 - 4:16 pm

The breaking news is that an Islamic terror group has shot up — and is still shooting up — a shopping mall in Kenya.  The news reports say “non-Muslims” were targeted. And guess who’s helping the Kenyans break the al-Shabab siege of the Nairobi shopping mall? The Mossad, as a Kenyan senator explains in the video below. Wait for it at 3:50. Almost 40 people have been confirmed killed in the attack on the mall so far.

Shopping with al-Shabab

Shopping with al-Shabab

One of sources of al-Shabab’s arms, according to the Telegraph, is Libya. “Libyan arms that went missing during the fighting to remove Col Muammar Gaddafi are now spreading ever further afield, being used in conflicts as far apart as Niger, Somalia, Gaza and Syria, a UN report says.”

The new report by a special UN security council committee suggests that they have now travelled even further, with Libyan ammunition showing up in the continuing war being waged by al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda offshoot in Somalia.

This is the very same group believed to have attacked the Nairobi mall. Never fear, the AFP news agency reports that the “Shebab Twitter account [was]  suspended after Kenya mall attack claims”.  I guess any moment now their Facebook account, if it exists, will be similarly sanctioned. That’ll learn ‘em.

One reason the Mossad may be so interested is that Iran is reportedly supplying weapons to al-Shabab as well. Reuters covered the little noticed seizure of a ship back in July.

(Reuters) – An Iranian ship laden with arms seized by Yemeni authorities in January may also have been bound for Somalia, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday. …

Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission, rejected the suggestion that Iran could be connected in any way with arms supplies to al-Shabaab.

“These are some baseless allegations and ridiculous fabrications about the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he said. “This alleged report by the Monitoring Group on Somalia on arms shipments from Iran carries no basis or the minimum rationality.”

A Western diplomat said that the fact that there were 16,716 blocks of C4 explosive on the Jihan 1 suggested a potential connection between Iran and al-Shabaab in Somalia, as Huthi rebels, unlike al-Shabaab, were not known to use C4.

A feller could have a pretty good Fourth of July with 16,716 blocks of C4.

President Obama is scheduled to meet with the Iranian leader to discuss that country’s nuclear arms. Some days before that meeting Benjamin Netanyahu is due in the US to talk about his concerns regarding a nuclear Iran.  Perhaps these developments are merely coincidental. But there is usually a political dimension behind a major terrorist attack? So why Kenya? Why al-Shabab? And what about Benghazi? Well never mind. Let’s wait for Susan Rice to explain things.

From what I can make out there are reportedly still hostages in the building and the incident continues unresolved. Other reports, however, suggest that the assailants are isolated in a single location and there are no live hostages in their power. The Kenyan cops are clearing the mall methodically to ensure that no more civilians are left in jeopardy and then they have a clear battlefield.

In an unintentionally curious turn of events, a news story said that “President Barack Obama urged supporters on Saturday to “go back at it” and pursue gun-control measures after mass shootings in Washington and Chicago…” The timing of that proposal is bad. It must be obvious, even to advocates of gun control, that disarming the population creates another sort of risk as illustrated by the Nairobi mall attack. Once such attackers get past the border and into an building packed with unarmed civilians, it’ll be like a fox in a henhouse.

Armed groups which infiltrate and attack civilian targets, as in Beslan, Maalot, Mumbai and now Nairobi are the modern day equivalent of parachutists, who were so feared in the early days of World War 2. The British population, which we now think of as anti-gun, clamored to be universally armed during the height of the fear of the 5th column and paratroop attack.

Fears of an invasion rapidly began to grow … of a fifth column operating in Britain which would aid an invasion by German airborne forces. The government soon found itself under increasing pressure to intern suspect aliens … and Josiah Wedgwood, a Labour MP, wrote to the Prime Minister asking that the entire adult population be trained in the use of arms and given weapons to defend themselves. Similar calls appeared in newspaper columns; in 12 May issue of the Sunday Express a Brigadier called on the government to issue free arms licenses and permits to buy ammunition to men possessing small arms, and on the same day the Sunday Pictorial asked if the government had considered training golfers in rifle shooting to eliminate stray parachutists.

These calls alarmed government and senior military officials, who worried about the prospect of the population forming private defence forces that the Army would not be able to control, and in mid-May the Home Office issued a press release on the matter; it was the task of the army to deal with enemy parachutists, as any civilians who carried weapons and fired on German troops were likely to be executed if captured. Private defence forces soon began to be formed throughout the country, placing the government in an awkward position; these private forces, which the army might not be able to control, could well inhibit the attempts by the army during an invasion, yet to ignore the calls for a home defence force to be set up would be politically problematic

And so the British formed the Home Guard and similar units. This is exactly what may happen in the West and in other countries unless the governments begin to effectively prosecute the campaign against terrorism. Popular clamor for internment and arming the population will overcome political correctness at a certain point; and to head it off some kind of officially sanctioned equivalent of these will probably be offered in response. The best way to avoid the evils of private armies, as I have elsewhere argued, is for the government to act in earnest instead of pussyfooting around.  If things get bad enough they will be compelled to resort to ugly measures later, and that is not good. But government has the habit of kicking the can down the road.

As for Nairobi, multiple news sources believe on reason for the attack was the presence of an Israeli-owned cafe somewhere in the mall.  Photojournalist Tyler Hicks of the NYT was on the spot and recorded the aftermath of the mayhem, from which you can see that a lot of people had a bad day.

Another day at the mall

Another day at the mall


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"One reason the Mossad may be so interested is that Iran is reportedly supplying weapons to al-Shabab as well. Reuters covered the little noticed seizure of a ship back in July."

Since International law and such with advent of Obama means jack-sh*t, I would think the next phase of the "Arab spring" (a.k.a. Putin's glasnost) would be Iranian, N. Korean, and possibly Russian flag commercial freighters suddenly going off radar coincidentally with large seismic events. Israel's existence depends on keeping it's enemies off-balance.

Israel has the skills and means, and ability to minimize the footprint and fingerprints on the operation. Other than bluster, what are these countries going to do in response?

With Obama abandoning Israel to her fate, and with the Syrian deal, possibly even working with her enemies against her, she'll have to use asymmetric warfare to defend herself.
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Wretchard, the captions to the photos, is this your choice? Maman
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Wretchard and Buddy Larsen, thank you for these replies. I had read the captions from a non American cultural background. Have very much enjoyed the insights and opinions of your earlier writing. Maman
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The news just now is that 56 people have been blown to bits in a Pakistani Christian church by a bomb constructed by 'militants'; and what with a 100,000 dead in Syria and parts of Zamboanga burned out, not to mention the bits and bobs of smoldering mayhem the world over, I'm fresh out of solemn captions.

Honestly. Dylan Thomas said something about "blaspheming down the stations of the breath", and that's nearly the case here. Except I might add that Thomas was wrong. "After the first death, there will be many others." There I fixed it.
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--those captions are 'sardonic', Anon --www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sardonic‎: showing that you disapprove of or do not like someone or something --

That's how i took 'em, anyway. Somewhere is watching the council of phantoms of this gigantic operatic bloodletting of innocents --we can either blubber or cork a snook, and blubber is what the phantoms want us to do.
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Thus another world event blows Obama and Obamacare off the front page, or does it?

Without wanting to sound callous, this is just the sort of thing that would cause continued defeat of conservative views re: O-I-dontCare, if we do not fight now.

Otherwise, ISLAM IS EVIL. (We have kicked this can down the road for a few centuries...someday some will get a clue)
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AP reported that there was a Children's Event scheduled at the mall, which ensured the murderers that there were lots of non-Moslem children to slaughter.

Satanic death-cult, anyone? "By their fruits shall you know them."

The Associated Press reports from this afternoon didn't say anything about the poor Jews being the pretext for this one. And they have been using grenades and machine guns, so they ain't being all that careful to spare their co-cultists.
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So Iran would be fighting *against* AQ affiliates in Syria, and fighting *for* AQ affiliates in Kenya?
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Hell if Obambus can do it...
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eric Holder sure did it, between tours at the DoJ, as Big Banana for Chiquita down in Medellin Province of Colombia, and then again with the same model on the USA/Mexico borderlands --'smuggle arms to both sides of any issue anywhere, with the proviso they use 'em, then stand back and let them clear out the loyalists of the previous authority'.

Only the Tea Party sweep of 2010, and them House Committee subpoena powers, saved --who knows what --600-800 caught-in-the-crossfire peasants died down in Medellin in the early 2000s, before the Colombian govt stepped in and garrisoned the district.

Chiquita was sued stateside, the case heard in Miami, finished up not too long ago. Holder, consigliari, Chiquita, Chiquita whitewashed, guilty of depraved indifference, relatives of victims all got a little cash, a pitiful little amount in the end.

Next, Obama is elected, and the chiquita template moves to Arizona! Yippi yi ho ti yay!
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The Narrative claims that Al-Shabab attacked Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall to attack the rich and powerful. Al-Shabab really attacked Kenya's tourist image, and as such they attacked Kenya's poor.

When rich people get attacked, they tend to act like gazelles, trying to flee from predators. In contrast, poor people who rely upon tourism are more like cowboys – Masai cowboys. When a lion kills a calf or a child, Masai cowboys don't put up with it – the lion is tracked down and killed. The lion could attempt to explain at length why it tore off the arm of a boy, but neither its hunger nor its reasoning matters to a Masai. What matters is that no lion must ever mess with the Masai.

Tourism could be regarded as a form of animal husbandry. Just as cattle and sheep are herded, tourists are herded into tourist traps where they spend money that gets exchanged for food. When tourists are scared away, a source of food is gone and people starve. This explains why Egypt's coup against the Muslim Brotherhood was so successful – tourists are cash cows, and anything that threatens tourism threatens the food supply. So, if only for economic reasons, Kenya's reaction is likely to be severe.
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Al-Shabab went for Kenya's economic jugular. Muslim or non-Muslim, Kenyans will suffer from this blow to Kenyan tourism. The poor more than the rich. When the food prices go up, the knives will come out. It would not surprise me if every confidence artist, souvenir shop owner, beggar, pickpocket, and prostitute in Nairobi is inclined to slit every terrorist's throat.

Al-Shabab has made enemies, desperate enemies. Ayman al-Zawahiri calls al-Shabab “The Lions of Somalia”. A lion that threatens a cattle herder's ability to feed his family will receive no mercy.
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Don't count on it: remember Rwanda.
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I don't remember Rwanda EVER being a top tourist destination.
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...because, somebody has to, and it ain't gonna be anyone remotely near the desks which could have stopped it.
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I'm hearing the mall itself is owned by Israelis; if that's true one wonders why they don't have, or so it seems, Israeli mall security.
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This is our brave new world. There will be much regret expressed in the appropriate manner, and the call to not tar every Muslim with this murderous crime.
On Instapundit today is a link about the FBI co-operating with CAIR (against the findings of a Federal Judge, that found them to be un-indicted co-conspirators in the Holy Land fundraising fiasco). Directed by.....blank out. Redacted or blanked out in documents.
Who could it be? Massacre in a mall in Kenya, who could it be?
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"American officials have long warned the mall could become a target because a cafe on the ground floor is owned by Israelis". Dang! them Jews again.
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/21/witness-to-a-massacre-in-a-nairobi-mall/?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=LE_WTA_20130921&_r=1&;
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Wow, that is nasty. So the "American" officials [who no longer act like Americans] are pinning the tail on the Jews? What bastards.
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"It's nothing personal, Tevye --it's just that the Czar wants a little demonstration in this district."
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Crap, there goes Nakoula's shot at parole.
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aw, man, that's COLD!
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Why it this not on Drudge? Is the US trying to minimise this? Does it strike too close to home? It will be interesting how much of this attack makes the news in the US.

Noticed its been reported that if one could recite a Islamic prayer you were let go.
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