Doubtless you have been reading about the horrific brush fires that are raging through large swaths of Australia near Melbourne. The last time I checked, the death toll was nearing 200 and some 815,000 acres have been ravaged. Australia has been suffering from sweltering weather that worsened the fires, but it has also been widely reported that arson is involved in some of the more than 400 fires that have broken out. There have not, I believe, been any arrests yet, but if I were the Australian authorities I would take a careful look at members of the Religion of Peace, a.k.a. Muslims. As The Age reported back in September, Australia had been singled out as a “target for ‘forest jihad’ by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.” The Age article continues:
US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to “start forest fires”, claiming “scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels’ forests when they do the same to our lands”.
The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the “eye for an eye” doctrine.
So, it’s justified under Islamic law. Is it? And if so, then what?
* * * UPDATE * * * Apparently, The Age–described in comment # 4 below as “possibly the most politically correct newspaper in the english-speaking world” (I might have some candidates for that title)–has removed the link to this story. Comment # 6, however, says that it is still available here, though he believes “climate change” is more of a threat than Islamo-fascism.